"Herstory" In The Making!


Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project was founded by Ven Canda in 2016 at the request of her teacher Ajahn Brahm, who serves as Spiritual Adviser.


Anukampa means the wise compassion that alleviates suffering and its cause, and was the quality that motivated the Buddha to teach.



We aim to:


1. Promote the teachings and practices of Early Buddhism, leading to full Awakening.


2. Establish the first "Forest Monastery" in England where women can train towards full (bhikkhuni) ordination!



We are raising enthusiasm and funds for this project by organising retreats, talks and discussion groups, that present the Buddha's teachings in an authentic, relevant and accessible way.


Anukampa is committed to inclusivity by welcoming everyone, including LGBTQIA+ people and those of every ethnicity, race and background, both to our events and as guests.


Get involved with our friendly community to deepen your practice and help make our vision a reality!

Meaning & Joy in Service: Anukampa’s Annual Volunteer Meeting

Transcription of Ajahn Brahm’s address at the meeting by Lia Lalli, edited by Ven Canda.   Sunday, 8th November 2020   Ajahn Brahm:   “I have been teaching meditation for almost fifty years now.  One of the first meditation teachings I gave was when I was a twenty-two-year-old high school teacher in Devon where I…

Rains Retreat Announcement:

4th July – 4th October 2020   From Saturday 4th July until Sunday 4th October Ven Canda will be on a three month silent retreat. This will be the first time in history that any Theravada Bhikkhuni is spending the vassa (traditional monastic “rains retreat”) supported as a bhikkhuni in a designated bhikkhuni dwelling in the…

Anukampa Responds To Black Lives Matter

We are living in extraordinary times. As we are in our various phases of unlocking lock-down, depending on our geographical location and personal situation, we are also entering the fourth week of the largest anti-racist movement in living memory. Large and overwhelmingly peaceful demonstrations are happening across three continents, in the wake of the tragic…

Venerable Canda was a guest at Danny Hill’s podcast

“Monk on a Motorbike,” as Danny Hill introduces himself, spends a good hour with Venerable Canda, discussing Dhamma, Venerable Canda’s path, women’s ordination in Theravada Buddhism, and much more. Listen with a cuppa in installments if you wish! The whole podcast can be found here:

What Happens Next?

This newsletter shares the progression of our journey towards our Forest Monastery, what is needed to proceed and the joyful beginnings we have already made. Sign up for Ajahn Brahm’s talks if you haven’t done so already; join me (Ven Canda) for a winter metta retreat; and find my latest teachings (“Compassion and The Inner Tyrant” and more) and…

Welcome to Anukampa’s Bhikkhuni Residence!

In this New Year Newsletter, we welcome you to England’s first temporary Bhikkhuni Residence, explain how you can participate in the lunch offering and fledgling monastery life with Ven Canda, as well as share the first video uploads from Ajahn Brahm’s amazing 2018 December tour.

Buddhism is None-the-less in England

By Ajahn Brahm for “The Middle Way” journal of The Buddhist Society, August 2018 A young Ajahn Brahm (or Venerable Brahmavamso), at Wat Paa Nanachat, Thailand When I took refuge in Ajahn Chah as my teacher in January 1975, I made a vow never to ask to go anywhere. I would only come or go…

A Personal Journey to The Birthing of a New Nuns’ Monastery

By Ven Candavisuddhi Bhikkhuni  for “The Middle Way” journal of The Buddhist Society, August 2018   Introduction     My teacher, Ajahn Brahm, and I founded Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project to strengthen Buddhism by growing the sangha of bhikkhunis – or fully ordained female monastics – on UK soil.   We aspire to establish a Forest…

Bye Bye Ajahn Brahmali, Hello Ajahn Brahm!

Tibetan Singing Bowl at one of Ajahn Brahmali’s talks, courtesy of pallotta_photograhy   In our latest newsletter here, we reflect on the elucidating journey into the suttas we have just travelled with Ajahn Brahmali in Derbyshire  and open bookings for Ajahn Brahm’s London and Oxford talks in December! We share many video and audio recordings as well…

An Incredible Teaching Tour With Ajahn Brahmali

  It has been a huge privilege to host Ajahn Brahmali in England and he left us all on a wholesome high! The remarkable tour was pretty packed yet Ajahn was on top form, delivering intellectually lucid, spiritually rousing teachings directly based on the suttas. He brought us nearer to the Buddha as our principle Teacher, by carefully…

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Every Wednesday, 5.30 - 6 pm,


Ven Canda:

"Pali Chanting & Blessing Group”

Every 2nd & 4th Saturday, 9-10 am,


Ven Canda:

“Guided Metta Meditation and Sharing Group”

Every 1st & 3rd Sunday, 7.30 - 9 pm,


Ven Canda:

“Delving Deeply Into Dhamma”

Fri 11th Dec 2020, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Ayya Anandabodhi Bhikkhuni: "Make Every Thought a Thought of Freedom”

Tue 29th - Thu 31st Dec 2020, 9:30 - 16:30

Three-day New Year Retreat with Ven Canda, for Sheffield Insight:
"At Peace With Experience"

Sat 23rd Jan 2021, 9:30 - 16:30

Day Retreat with Ven Canda, for Oxford Insight:
"Rejoicing In Mudita"

Venerable Canda & Ajahn Brahm Ordination 2014
Buddhist Summit 2015

"I feel a responsibility, an ethical need, to work as much as I am able, to establish the first Buddhist monastery for bhikkhunis in a country that nurtured my early Buddhist Path"  ~  Ajahn Brahm. 

"It struck me how different your way of teaching is compared to the male Ajahns. You bring more warmth, emotions, and intuition. It's probably about personality, but I guess also about gender and it just shows how important it is to have diversity amongst spiritual teachers :)"~ Prisca.

"It is our pleasure to do whatever little we have done so far. You are giving us the greatest gift of Dhamma"  ~ Mangala.

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