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 a fixed place of residence for her personal practice and teaching engagements. A message from Anukampa’s Spiritual Advisor, Ajahn Brahm: “The Buddhist Society of Western Australia started in a small house, 4 Magnolia Street in North Perth, over 40 years ago. It is now a huge Buddhist organisation with many monasteries for nuns and monks, state-of-the-art retreat centres and lay city centres. The Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project has just purchased our very own Bhikkhuni Vihara in Oxford. This may seem a small achievement to some but, having personally seen all the hard work and sacrifice of those who made this event happen, it is a major milestone that we have reached. Bhikkhunis now have a home in England. Of course, this is not the finale in our quest for equity for women in Theravada Buddhism in the UK. From the comfortable house in Oxford, we intend to eventually purchase a larger property, in a quiet location, on which to build a Bhikkhuni Monastery similar to those monk-run monasteries in the UK. As Buddhists, we are patient, but your generosity and support will see our dream appear sooner.
With Mega Mettā, Ajahn Brahm