“You know, we are not ordained to gain acceptance. That is not our purpose.”

“You know, a good tree takes years. Teak wood, for example, takes many years [to grow], but once it grows into a big tree, the wood is so valuable and strong. Even tamarind trees, they also take years to grow into this beautiful tree. So the progress of bhikkhunīs depends on the quality.”


Ayya Dhammananda is such an inspiration. I often think of her when I feel low.

Ayya Dhammananda’s advice for running a monastery/life: just make a to do list daily and do it.



She’s a remarkable person, a talented academic and a leading voice for Bhikkunis. Someone we all should know and support.