"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!

Ajahn Brahm & Bodhinyana Documentary

A new documentary giving an introduction to Ajahn Brahm and Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery has been published on YouTube. It offers a glimpse into the simple life of a Buddhist monk living in a forest monastery.  

Venerable Canda: “At Peace Through Loving Kindness and Gratitude”

New Year Retreat 2020, for Sheffield Insight   I hope you had a nice lunch; nutritious, delicious, and warm.   Somebody just mentioned in the chat box to me privately, that during the break they read in Bhikkhu Bodhi’s book – it would be a translation of the Therigatha (verses of the Enlightened Bhikkhunis –…

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…

First Anukampa Volunteer Meeting Whilst Another Bhikkhuni Ordains Overseas! (Posted By Ven Canda)

On May 12th 2018 we had our first Anukampa Volunteers meeting at Jamyang Buddhist Centre, which was both productive and supportive. Each of us spoke about how we came to be involved in this project aimed at planting the Bhikkhuni Sangha on UK soil, our motivation, and the role of spiritual friendship and service on…

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…

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.

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…

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:

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…

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Every Wednesday, 5.30 - 6 pm,


Ven Canda:

"Pali Chanting & Blessing Group”

Every Friday, 19:15 - 20:30 


Ven Canda:

"Sutta Discussion 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”

Mon 6th - Sun 12th Dec 2021, 8:30 - 21:00 UK Time

Seven Day Online Meditaion Retreat with Ajahn Brahm & Ven Canda,

"Emboldening The Mind With Fizz And Sparkle!"

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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