I am writing this on behalf of a female friend of mine from India (age ~30) who is interested in becoming a nun. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know of many suitable places to become a nun in India, and is researching and trying to find places that she could ordain at in the near-future. I am trying to help her in this aim. So far, I’ve come across Sayalay Dipankara’s monastery called Brahma Vihari in Myanmar. I have also heard of another monastery in Myanmar taught by Sayadaw U Tejaniya which comes highly recommended from a friend. I’ve talked with a Mae Chee from Thailand who said that most places for women to ordain in Thailand don’t speak English which would be a problem for my friend. There seem to be some excellent places to ordain for women in both the US and Australia yet these seem like they would pose logistical / visa challenges for an Indian national to ordain at for the long-term (please correct me if I’m wrong).
As such, I wanted to ask the Sutta Central community if they had any recommendations. My friend is a sincere and earnest Dhamma practitioner and very much wants to try and live the holy life as a nun. In the best case scenario, I think she would like to have the following in a place to ordain:
- Emphasis on EBTs, rather than later commentarial traditions such as the Visuddhimagga
- Supportive community of fellow women practitioners
- Possible for an Indian citizen to stay long-term
I also think a female teacher could be of great help, but if there is a skilled monk who has experience teaching nuns, that could also work. I mention this last point since the Mae Chee I spoke with said that she thought a good female teacher can be uniquely valuable for a female student.
Lastly, if there are any places that may not be suitable for long-term but would still be good for a shorter trip to visit (i.e. places in US or Australia), I would still be interested in collecting any recommendations that I can pass along to my friend so she can make the most informed choice possible about finding a teacher and community to practice in. Thank you all for your help, I sincerely appreciate it.