"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!

Fundraising For A Buddha Statue

This fundraiser, set up by trustworthy Dhamma friends and supporters, is for a special antique Buddha-rupa from Myanmar for our new Anukampa Grove Bhikkhuni Monastery. The statue is being held for us at an outlet in the Netherlands, an hour from the home of two supporters and they have been there to examine and select…

A Dhamma Journey From Laos to the UK

By Casey The idea of ordaining had already been playing around in my mind the first time I heard about bhikkhunis. I had been living in the heavily Theravada but bhikkhuni-less country of Laos for about five years when I mentioned this aspiration of nun-hood to my boss offhand. My boss, a young-at-heart Thai gender…

Auspicious beginnings

You can click here to read our first newsletter on Ajahn Brahm’s UK Dhamma tour, why we need bhikkhuni monasteries, and the support offered by the growing global bhikkhuni sangha.

Kindness On Tudong: The Bakewell – Manchester Route

By Ven Canda   On June 22nd I returned from my first tudong or ‘faith walk’, physically tired but spiritually nourished. My trusty companion and I covered 8-9 miles a day and received kind support every step of the hilly, winding way. Equipped with a tiny yet robust tent, we stayed in some unusual places:…

Ven. Canda heads to Perth

You can click here to read our second newsletter on Ven. Canda’s tudong from Bakewell to Manchester and her vassa stay at Jhana Grove, Perth.

New Dhamma Talk by Ven Canda- “Pursuing Wholesome Happiness”

  In this short talk, delivered to the resident community and board members of Aloka Vihara, Ven Canda discusses the kind of happiness praised by the Buddha. Listen here on Dharmaseed.

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo in England & Europe, May 20th – July 3rd

Upcoming events in England:   London, Friday May 27th, public talk at 7pm Keep Calm and Carry On www.rigpa.org.uk   London, Sat May 28th to Sun May 29th, weekend workshop Change your Mind, Change your Life Registration: www.c-c-n.org or email: emwest1944@gmail.com   Worcester, June 3rd to June 5th Public Talk and Weekend Workshop for information, please…

Wandering Pilgrimage in Derbyshire (Tudong), 17th-22nd June

  From 17th – 22nd June Bhikkhuni Canda will be walking in her beautiful home county with a supporter, from Bakewell to Manchester, and offering a Dhamma reflection and discussion evening at the Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation, Chorlton, on Tuesday 21st June at 8pm. Please contact the centre for further details.  

A Global Sangha

This year heralds the 2600th Anniversary of the Bhikkhuni Sangha, reminding us of our noble inheritance as female monastic practitioners.   Ven Canda is currently staying at Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery in California. She also visited the Dhammadharini sangha and saw their newly acquired property, attended a novice ordination at Karuna Buddhist Vihara and sat…

Ajahn Brahm Interview

In a short interview, given at Jhana Grove, Perth, Australia on Thursday 6th October, Ajahn Brahm shares his views the need for a Bhikkhuni monastery in the UK.  

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Fridays, 18:45-20:00 pm UK Time

“Fridays Sutta Discussion Group

with Ven Canda

Every Tuesday & Thursday

19:15 - 20:00 UK Time

Silent Sitting Group

Wednesdays, 5.30 - 6 pm UK Time

"Pali Chanting & Blessing Group”

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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