Thank you all so much for your congratulations and rejoicing! So beautiful to see!
I will try to give you some background and hopefully answer all your questions.
As Bhante @Khemarato.bhikkhu already explained, a Silashin—also spelled Thilashin—is a form of ordination for women in the Burmese tradition. There are a number of different varieties, concerning the number of precepts as well as the color of robes. I know a number of Silashins in Germany, some of which have eight, some ten precepts. And on the occasion of my ordination, I got to know some members of the Burmese community in Frankfurt who are most lovely people.
When I visited @santacitta Bhikkhuni in Vienna this summer she was very committed to help me find a form of ordination that fits into my life situation. There are several health issues, and also the fact that I look after my father and therefore, for the foreseeable future, am not able to keep the rule of not using money—which is why a Samaneri ordination wasn’t an option. But due to Ayya Santacitta’s commitment we finally found a way, with the help of Agganyani Silashin who connected us to a Burmese Bhikkhu in Frankfurt, Sayadaw Kusalasami, who kindly and thoroughly supported my case and gave me Silashin ordination on Saturday, Nov 20, with 10 precepts, the 10th being Metta instead of the money rule.
I am very grateful for this opportunity and would like to again express my gratitude towards the four monastics who made this possible:
- Vimala Bhikkhuni who gave me Anagarika ordination in 2017
- Santacitta Bhikkhuni who encouraged me so much and offered to support me as a mentor
- Agganyani Silashin who connected us to Sayadaw Kusalasami, and also gave me a set of Burmese robes
- and finally Kusalasami Bhikkhu who gave me the ordination
I’d also like to thank the Silashins who joined from Myanmar via Zoom and contributed their beautiful chanting, the Burmese community in Frankfurt who offered a venue as well as a Burmese lunch dana and much more, and all the friends in various countries who joined in person, on Zoom, or with their hearts.
Normally it is the tradition that a new name is chosen by the preceptor on the occasion of an ordination, but in my case Sayadaw Kusalasami decided to keep my name Sabbamitta.
The monastics on the group pictures Ven. Vimala has posted (from left to right):
- Kusalasami Bhikkhu
- Santacitta Bhikkhuni
- Vimala Bhikkhuni
- Anopama Silashin—who kindly came to the ordination to my support
- Sabbamitta Silashin
Agganyani Silashin unfortunately couldn’t come in person, but joined on Zoom.