"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!

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…

“Opening Up To Kindfulness” by Ajahn Brahm

Foreword by Ajahn Brahmali Mindfulness, shmindfulness. It’s everywhere. In many countries, large parts of the population have been exposed to this fashionable trend, sometimes to the point of weariness. More to the point, while the benefits of mindfulness have been publicised with much fanfare, are we really getting it right? Or could it be that…

Milestones, Transitions, and Time For Retreat!

Just over two weeks ago, we relinquished our lovely little rented Bhikkhuni Vihara to her new owners. When the 4-bed Victorian terrace previously went up for sale, our charity considered buying it, but decided to hold out until we are in a practical and financial position to find something bigger. Thankfully, around the same time…

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 –…

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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”

Sat 10th Apr 2021, 12:30 - 14:30 UK Time

Hard Questions To A Soft Teacher ~ Part 3,

with Ajahn Brahm

Sat 17th Apr 2021, 10:00 - 16:00 UK Time

Online Day with Ven Canda,

for Bodhi Tree Brighton:

"Patient & Forgiveness"

Sun 9th May 2021, 10:30 - 17:00 BST/UK Time

Online Day Retreat with Ven Canda, for London Insight:

"Beautifying The Mind"

Sun 16th-23rd May 2021, 8:30 - 21:00 UK Time

Special 8 Day Online Retreat with Ajahn Brahmali & Ven Canda,

"Why We Suffer & How We Get Free"

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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