Award Winning Film Screening: “Bhikkhunī – Buddhism, Sri Lanka, Revolution”

Date(s) - 18 May 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kagyu Samye Dzong London
15 Spa Rd
SE16 3SA
United Kingdom

“Bhikkhunī – Buddhism, Sri Lanka, Revolution” is a documentary film about the revival of women’s ordination in Theravāda Buddhism. We are delighted to present a public screening, along with a guided meditation and a Q&A session with Venerable Canda.


Shortly after Enlightenment, the Buddha said: “I shall not come to my final passing away, until my bhikkhus and bhikkhunis, laymen and laywomen, have come to be true disciples… ” Even though the Buddha established the bhikkhunī order, the line of female ordination in the Theravāda tradition died out in the 11th Century. Since then, it is a common belief that nuns can no longer be ordained.


The documentary presents the story of women who, in order to implement the Buddha’s teachings, however against the opinion of many monks, have become bhikkhunīs – fully ordained nuns in the Theravāda tradition. The film’s protagonists are Bhikkhunī Kusuma from Sri Lanka (ordained in 1996 in India), Bhikkhunī Dhammananda from Thailand (ordained in 2003 in Sri Lanka) and Bhikkhunī Gautami from Bangladesh (ordained in 2016 in Sri Lanka) – the first women in their countries’ modern history to take full ordination.


This event will be held in the Workshop Room in Kagyu Samye Dzong London, for fifty people. Please arrive at 6.40pm, to start promptly at 7pm.


Proceeds from the evening will help meet the rental costs of Anukampa Bhikkhuni Residence. 




You can read more about this film, by Małgorzata Dobrowolska, at



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