"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!

Supporting the preparation of the Vihara

Dear friends, In preparation for the opening of our new property as Venerable Candā’s main residence in Oxford, an Amazon wish list has been set up. This will allow the team to coordinate deliveries and get things ready ahead of Venerable’s return later in the Autumn. So if you would like to contribute to the…

Important Announcement!

Dear friends and supporters, We are delighted to inform you that the purchase of our first Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project property has just completed and trustees, Kelly & Sue, received the keys today. Located in Oxford, this is the first ever Bhikkhuni Vihara (nuns’ monastery) in the UK! At last, our dear Venerable Candā will have…

Developing resilience

We are pleased to share the second episode of a new podcast with Venerable Candā is available now called “Developing Resilience”. With thanks to Sol at the Buddhist Society of Western Australia for making these available. https://www.treasuremountain.stream/e/developing-resilience-with-ayya-canda In this episode of Sage Advice, we have Bhikkhuni Candavisuddhi, known as Venerable Canda, the pioneering nun blazing…

Blazing a trail for women monastics in the UK – Bhikkhuni Canda

We are delighted to share this Treasure Mountain podcast with you: https://www.treasuremountain.info/blazing-a-trail-for-women-monastics-in-the-uk-bhikkhuni-canda/?fbclid=IwAR0h2DlUsMW-Nk4FTpy3bweROOEagMTKjJluviInlzNkuJSMr94XeyRBirI In this episode of Spirit Stories our guest is Venerable Candavisuddhi, also known as Ayya Canda, who first encountered meditation and the spiritual path when travelling through Asia as a young woman. This led to several years of going on and supporting retreats…

Great Beginnings for Bhikkhunis in England!

News from Venerable Canda and Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project, UK We are delighted to share the news, that after a long search, the Anukampa Trust have found a suitable mid-term property and the vendors have accepted the offer! Located in a quiet cul-de-sac about two miles away from Oxford city centre, the Bhikkhuni Vihara-to-be is close to green spaces,…

Fulfilling Buddha’s Vision

Sharing a wonderful new Bhikkhuni documentary, featuring three revered pioneer bhikkhunis: Ayya Dhammananda, Ayya Tathālokā Bhikkhunī and Ayya Santussika of Karuna Buddhist Vihara, as well as leading lay women supporters and academics, and two monks with VERY different attitudes towards bhikkhhuni ordination. Thank you Thāvirā Sāmaṇerī for posting this and also participating as part of…

A Life of Kindfulness – a tribute to Ajahn Brahm on his 70th birthday

This movie is a tribute to Ajahn Brahm, prepared for his 70th birthday on 7 August 2021. It has clips from interviews with eminent monks and nuns, such as Ven Somdet Thepsirin, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Ven Analayo, Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, Ven Mettavihari and Ven Kusuma. There are scenes from Bodhinyana Monastery in Western Australia and also from…

70th Birthday Message to Ajahn Brahm, from Ven Canda & The Anukampa Community

“Love Letters to Myanmar” by Insight Myanmar Podcast

Venerable Canda features in this fourth episode of the ongoing series, “Love Letters to Myanmar.” by Insight Myanmar Podcast Listen to the podcast here. “Reflecting now on everything she received in her spiritual life from Burmese teachers and the wider monastic and lay community, Venerable Canda feels that now is very much the time to…

Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project Update:

Latest Steps Toward Britain’s First Bhikkhuni Monastery!  By Venerable Canda Bhikkhuni, June 2021 The coronavirus pandemic has widened our eyes to the fragility and uncertainty of existence. Being subject to birth, old age, sickness, and death also means being vulnerable to the disappointment and even despair of having all our plans shattered, re-made, and then shattered again. This obvious lack of control can be scary and confronting, yet if…

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Sundays, 7.30 - 9 pm UK Time

“Delving Deeply Into Dhamma”

Every Tuesday & Thursday

19:15 - 20:00 UK Time

Silent Sitting Group

Wednesdays, 5.30 - 6 pm UK Time

"Pali Chanting & Blessing Group”

Sun 11th - Sun 24th Nov 2022 

Ajahn Brahm's "The Art Of Disappearing" UK Tour:  


Various talks in London, Oxford, Birmingham, Stroud, and Bristol" 

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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