This aspiration has become a reality through inspired leadership, the friendship of the Bhikkhu Sangha, the commitment of monastic women, and the help of many donors.
We invite your participation in developing this new community. The Theravada Bhikkhuni Sangha is still in its tender stage. Only a few of the Bhikkhunis have acquired the spiritual power that comes from decades of monastic training, and there are not enough practice communities for women seeking to enter monastic life.
Your nurturing help will make a great impact for the welfare of women, and the preservation of Buddhism in the modern world.
Our simple daily program is intended to provide just enough structure, along with time and space for individual practice. Exact hours vary according to the seasons, with communal practice in our yurt when it's cool or rainy, and outside when fair. Occasional busy days for outside errands or projects are followed by light, silent days.
Besides our daily formal practice, there are monthly new moon day-long retreats; alms round in Sebastopol twice a month. For fun and inspiration, a few of us are creating a Dhammapada study guide, translating, analyzing and reflecting on one verse per day. There is regular intervisitation with the Dhammadharini Vihara in Santa Rosa.
Lay visitors and those in monastic training are generally expected to attend all communal activities, with more flexibility for those bhikkhunis who have completed their initial training.
To the extent we are able, periods of fully supported individual retreat are offered to those Dhammadharini residents who have given a period of service, as well as to respected visiting bhikkhunis who have given much service in their home communities.
It is also possible for a visitor to primarily focus on practical work if she is considerate, well established in practice, and able to keep a peaceful heart.