“I was so determined to come here, I sent my resignation (letter) and I came” - Ashweeni (Nanded)
In 2018, for the first time in India, a five week Dhamma training course for young women took place. It was arranged by members of the Indian women’s ordination team and supported by Padmasuri and Karunamaya. It was a significant retreat as many of the participants have families and children, making it was difficult for them to come away...
Jnanasuri and Karunamaya (who supports Jnanasuri) talk about their work helping over 800 women in India to prepare for ordination. They mention the possibility of developing a women’s retreat centre and also some of the difficulties they face in their work.
Better late than never, we’re happy to announce that at the public ordination held on 30 August, 2015 at Ven. Hsuen Tsang Retreat Centre, Bor-Dharan Maharashtra, India, the following women were ordained:
Private Preceptor Vijaya:
Anita Thool (South West Nagpur) becomes Amritanandi
Asha Nakhale (North Nagpur) becomes Shwetchitta
Shila Walke (North Nagpur) becomes Shubhrachitta ...
On this day, 14th October 1956, Dr BR Ambedkar publicly converted to Buddhism, followed by hundreds of thousands of his followers, fellow members of India’s Scheduled Castes, escaping their oppression as what were formerly termed “Untouchable” people. Such mass conversions continue to this day.
As a little girl, Jnanasuri was there at the ceremony in Nagpur. Today she is the most senior Dhammacharini in India; one of Triratna’s two Indian female public preceptors, responsible for the training of the 850 Indian women currently...