Bhikkhunis in North America


Dhammadharini Bhikkhuni Sangha in Northern California

Inspired by the Theravada forest traditions, Aranya Bodhi: Awakening Forest Hermitage is a rustic, rugged, "off the grid" Buddhist women's monastic hermitage on 100+ acres of mountain forest and meadows on the Northern California Sonoma Coast.
The in town Vihara of the Dhammadharini foundation. It is a place for Dhammadharini monastics to engage with the lay community.

Sister Monasteries in North America

Sati Saraniya Hermitage

Founded by the venerable Ayya Medhanandi Bhikkhuni, Sati Saraniya Hermitage is a Theravada Buddhist sanctuary and monastic community for women training in the bhikkhuni lineage near Perth, Ontario; the first of its kind in Canada. It aims to serve the spiritual needs of individuals, families, and communities by transmitting the Buddha`s teachings and offering pastoral outreach to all. 

Mahapajapati Women's Monastery

Mahapajapati is a Theravada bhikkhuni monastery founded by the venerable Ayya Gunasari Bhikkhuni. It is located on 80 acres of scenic desert landscape in Pipes Canyon near to and resembling vistas found in Joshua Tree National Park in the Desert of Southern California. Mahapajapati Monastery seeks to reestablish the Bhikkhuni lineage and to be a permanent residence for bhikkhunis for the purpose of following and imparting the teachings of the Buddha as taught by the Theravada tradition. 

Awakening Truth

Awakening Truth supports a bhikkhuni training monastery for Buddhist women, bringing ancient teachings into the modern world. After 20 years of training in the Theravada forest tradition, venerable Ajahn Thanasanti Bhikkhuni is now beginning to establish a vibrant community in her home country based on the profound wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist teachings creating practice situations for monastic women and lay people that use the bhikkhunis' training as a vehicle for liberation. 

Carolina Buddhist Vihara
Ayya Sudinna at Carolina Buddhist Vihara in South Carolina

Established by Ayya Suddhamma in 2004, the Carolina Buddhist Vihara is now served by Ayya Suddina as the resident monastic. The Carolina Buddhist Vihara offers the teachings of the Buddha to all who are interested in learning to break through the bonds of greed, hatred, and delusion and seek to find lasting peace in this life and the next.

Charlotte Buddhist Vihara

Ayya Sudhamma at Charlotte Buddhist Vihara in North Carolina
Charlotte Buddhist Vihara was founded by Ayya Suddhama in July 2013. Their  mission is to develop their own practice while also freely sharing their skills with the community.
Photo courtesty of Ed Ritger | www.edritger.com


Ven Pannavati at Embracing Simplicity Hermitage in North Carolina

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