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Dhammadharini

"women upholding the Dhamma"

Our women's monastic community

and not-for-profit religious support foundation are named Dhammadharini. 

Our symbol

is a bodhi leaf (Bodhi meaning Awakening and the leaf symbolizing our embodiment) 
supported and uplifted by three flowing currents in the stream of the Dhamma: 
our training in sīla or virtue, 
samādhi or meditation, and 
pañña or wisdom.

In Pali, the language of the Suttas, Dhammadharini means "to uphold the Dhamma in the feminine form".

"According to the Buddha’s teaching, our best chance for enlightenment is not in a heavenly realm, 
 but here in midst of elements and aggregates, within these bodies which age and sicken, among the earth, rain, wind, fire and consciousness elements. 
 We wake up here, not in another ideal place. This is the ideal place." 
 - Ayya Tathaaloka

Our monastic residences

Dhammadharini Vihara
in Santa Rosa 
and our women's
monastic hermitage, 
Aranya Bodhi
on the Sonoma Coast, 

are led by fully-ordained female monastics, bhikkhunis.
(the male form is the bhikkhu)

Find more bhikkhuni monasteries, hermitages and temples at :

Places of Theravada Bhikkhuni Sangha