In October 2015 Ajahn Brahm asked Venerable Canda of Dhammasara monastery Perth, to take steps towards establishing a monastery in the UK. In response to this, Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project was born.
Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project aims to promote the teachings and practices of Early Buddhism, through establishing a Bhikkhuni presence in the UK.
Our long term aspiration is to develop a monastery with a harmonious and meditative atmosphere, for women who wish to train towards full ordination.
We will raise 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 literally means trembling or resonating with compassion, and is wisdom's response to suffering. A synonym for karuna, anukampa highlights the empathic aspect of compassion, which connects us to ourselves and to each other.
Anukampa lies at the very heart of the Buddhist path and is the motivating factor of a pure heart. The Buddha expressed this when he said: “What should be done for his disciples out of compassion (anukampa) by a teacher who seeks their welfare and has compassion for them, that I have done for you, bhikkhus. There are these roots of trees, these empty huts. Meditate, bhikkhus, do not delay or else you will regret it later. This is our instruction to you.”— MN19, Dvedhāvitakkasutta.