Silent Retreat

Nowadays, foreign women and Thai women are interested in practicing dhamma and seeking for a temple where they can stay and practice. However, they are still worried about communication in English and the safety of the place. In Early 2018, both foreign women and Thai women requested for silent treat at Songdhammakalyani monastery, because it is a female monk temple. It should be safe and there is Ven.Dhammananda who posseses knowledge and English language in teaching both concentration and insight meditation.

Songdhammakalyani monastery organizes silent retreat project in order to spread the right knowledge of both concentration and insight meditation to foreign women and Thai women for their benefits. They have an alternative to access the knowledge of Buddhism both the the theory and practice in a safe place. In 2019, there are 5 silent retreats as follows:-

                Schedule and Venue:     January 2nd – 6th, March 1st – 5th , May 1st – 5th, July 3rd – 7th, September 4th – 8th, and November 1st – 5th.

Person in charge: Ven.Dhammananda Theri and Ven.Dhammaparipunna

International Monastic Training IMT)

The 5th International Monastic Training

In July 17th – October 13th, 2019

At Songdhammakalyani Bhikkhuni Arama

                Songdhammakalyani Bhikkhuni Arama and Buddhasavika Foundation organize an International Monastic Training every year.

                In 2015, the training lasted through the vassa. There were 5 nuns from Vietnam and 4 from India with one laywoman participating in this Monastic training programme.

                In 2016, the training was scheduled for 4 weeks in June. This was to allow the participants to return to keep the vassa in their home town. There were 17 participants: 1 bhikkhuni from Thailand, 11 samaneris from Vietnam, 1 from South Korea, 1 from Italy, 1 from Germany with 2 attendants. This year Venerable Dhammananda taught in English and Dr. Kanjana Suthikul translated into Thai throughout the training.

                In 2017, the training was offered from June 1st- 27th, and there were 28 participants from 12 countries: 7 from Indonesia, 3 from Malaysia, 2 from Canada, one each from Australia, France, India, Myanmar, Russia, Sri Lanka, USA, Vietnam, and 8 from Thailand. Of those, three were laywomen. It was a good number of international monastics, and thus, more exchanging of ideas and support of each other. An increase of the number of countries in the next IMT can be expected.

                In 2018 the training was shortened and scheduled from June 1st – 15th. There were 27 Participants from 4 countires: 1 bhikkhuni from South Korea, 24 bhikkhunis from Thailand, and 2 laywomen one from Hong Kong, and another from USA. 

                The participants attend classes on: the history of Buddhism with emphasis on Women and Buddhism, bhikkhuni sangha lineage, important points on the Vinaya, how the vinaya is put into practice, Patimokkha reciting, spiritual training, and socially engaged Buddhism.

                With the monastic setting, one is expected to attend morning and evening chanting, and meditation. On full moon and dark moon, those who are bhikkhunis will recite Patimokkha together. Recitation of Patimokkha happens only if bhikkhunis stay together as a sangha. This is a golden opportunity for newly ordained bhikkhunis to be trained with other senior bhikkhunis.