Hi, I’m back online! It all went really well yesterday and I did get ordained, so now I have time for doodeling again!
Thank you, Ayya @Vimala, for posting two of my doodles while I was away!
This is the Thank You card I made for my preceptor, Ayya Gunasari, the abbess of Mahapajapati Monastery:
The Buddha teaching the eight “Important Things” to Ayya Mahapajapati. (AN 8.53)
On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Vesālī in the hall with the peaked roof in the Great Wood. Then Mahāpajāpatī Gotamī approached the Blessed One, paid homage to him, stood to one side, and said to him: “Bhante, it would be good if the Blessed One would teach me the Dhamma in brief, so that, having heard the Dhamma from the Blessed One, I might dwell alone, withdrawn, heedful, ardent, and resolute.”
“Gotamī, those things of which you might know: ‘These things lead (1) to dispassion, not to passion; (2) to detachment, not to bondage; (3) to dismantling, not to building up; (4) to fewness of desires, not to strong desires; (5) to contentment, not to non-contentment; (6) to solitude, not to company; (7) to the arousing of energy, not to laziness; (8) to being easy to support, not to being difficult to support,’ you should definitely recognize: ‘This is the Dhamma; this is the discipline; this is the teaching of the Teacher.’”
I think this teaching contains the original eight important things (=garu-dhammas) that the Buddha wanted the nuns to keep. They are actually inspiring and the basis of monastic life, and it makes sense that Ayya Mahapajapati would have joyfully accepted them and vowed to keep them for the rest of her life.