2013 Vassa Photo Highlights

Vassa: Three Month Rains Retreat,

from August full moon to November Full Moon:  
August 21st, to November 17, 2013.

This year we entered a "Late Vassa" from the August Full Moon, August 21st to the November Full Moon, November 17th. 

We gathered together at the Dhammadharini Vihara in Santa Rosa to establish a Sima and 3 Monastics entered into Late Vassa at the new Vihara. 

During the Vassa the Ayya Sobhana stayed on the land, together with a Lay Steward. They traveled to Sangha gatherings at the new Dhammadharini Vihara in Santa Rosa. 

Dhammadharini Bhikkhunis 2013 Vassa Photo Highlights

At Ying & Hisayo's home (the temporary vihara and refuge) with "Bodhi Movers" just before moving into the new bhikkhuni vihara in on Grange Rd in Bennett Valley

Ayya Tathaaloka entering the new Santa Rosa vihara for the first time

Bodhi Movers strikes again! -- the main move in is done.  Things from the old Bodhi House in Fremont that were in storage were moved in here.  It is a 3-bedroom old farmhouse on what used to be a horse ranch.

Opening blessing.  There is a large back patio that is suitable for Dhamma gatherings like this one.  We were glad to have Ani Palmo join our Sangha and friends for the opening blessing.

Establishing the big sima at our new vihara together with the bhikkhuni venerables from Aloka Vihara in San Francisco.

First Patimokkha recitation at Dhammadharini Vihara.  Ayya Sobhana recited the Pali-text Bhikkhuni Patimokkha.  The bhikkhunis from Dhammadharini Vihara joined together with the bhikkhunis from Aranya Bodhi Hermitage and Aloka Vihara for the New and Full Moon Uposathas throughout the vassa for the third year.

Leo Ananda (together with mom Jullianne) makes his first alms meal offering to the bhikkhunis at the International Bhikkhuni Day gathering at Dhammadharini Vihara.

The Buddha's daughters of three traditions: Theravada, Vajrayana and Mahayana/Zen gather together for the 2956th lunar anniversary of the foundation of the Buddhist Bhikkhuni Sangha.

September full moon at Aranya Bodhi Hermitage by the ancient stupa

Ayya Tathaaloka with Wangmo Dixey at the Mangalam Centers in Berkeley for a presentation on the Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International's work for the revival of the Theravada Sangha in India.

Western Buddhist Monastic Gathering photos here.
Buddhist Global Relief Walk in Sacramento here.

Independence for Anandabodhi Bhikkhuni and Santacitta Bhikkhuni at the lineage masters hall at the City of the Dharma Realm's Bhiksuni Vinaya Training Institute.

Visiting bhikkhunis from Charlotte Buddhist Vihara, Awakening Truth and Aloka Vihara participate in the Kathina with the Sri Lankan Bhikkhu Sangha at American Buddhist Seminary's Temple in W. Sacramento.  More ABS Temple Kathina photos here

Communal Almsgiving Gathering at Dhammadharini Vihara in Santa Rosa photos here

Vihara Events & History