In the opening ceremony of Gotami vihara in Malaysia in 2012, this was the first time that the host invited the first Theravada bhikkhuni in Asia, Ven. Santini (Indonesia), Ven. Dr. Lieu Phap (Vietnam), Ven. Dhammananda (Thailand). For Malaysia, those who attended the meeting were anagarika and Sri Lankan bhikkhuni. This brought about the logo of the Network using cannonball flower (Sri Lanka) with 5 petals representing a symbol of Bhikkhunis from 5 countries.
Asian bhikkhuni sangha agreed on
gathering and establishing the Network of Theravada Bhikkhunis in Asia. There
were 5 cofounding countries. The works of the 5 founders are flexible in
sharing information and working together e.g., organizing ASEAN Buddhist
Conference 2016 at Nakhon Pathom Rajabhat University in September 2016 by the
Network, there were 21 countries attending the conference including all member
countries of the network; Internatinal Bhikkhuni Ordination in Sri Lanka on
January 2015, there were 11 candidated from Vietnam, Thailand and Bangladesh
also organized by the network.
Annual International Monastic Training at Songdhammakalyani
monastery is organized on behalf of the network as well.
Thai Bhikkhuni Sangha (Theravada)
Founded on July
(Ven.Dhammananda) was the first Thai woman to be ordained in Theravada in 2001,
and full ordination in 2003. She took the lineage from Sri Lanka and since then
it has been 18 years. Now there are more than 170 bhikkhunis in Thailand spread
out in at least 30 provinces, i.e. Nakhon Pathom (Central), Chiang Mai, Tak (North),
Yasothorn, Sakon Nakhon (North East), Songkhla (South).
The ordination mostly taken from
Sri Lanka, some are very strict in the observance of Vinaya, some not so strict
and some do not have training.
At the same time we
witness also many bhikkhunis and samaneris who are serious in their practice
and further their studies both in dhamma and vinaya.
Wat Songdhammakalyani Bhikkhuni Arama has been in existence
some 57 years ago, Ven.Dhammananda,
being the first Theravadin bhikkhuni in Thailand invited Thai bhikkhunis to
come together under this network on July 9,2013 with the purpose of supporting
each other so that the new bud of Thai bhikkhunis can follow the vinaya
properly by supporting each other in the best way they can.
of the Network meet regularly three times a year. Last time they met in Koh
Yoh, Songkhla. They have a program to visit each other, learning about each
other to be able to support of each other.
membership write to the Network at 195 Petkasem Hwy., Muang District, Nakhon Pathom
73000 Thailand. Or call 034 258 270 for more information.
Petition for Bhikkhuni sangha
Apart from the network of
Thai Bhikkhunis, we are also supported by the International Network of Engaged
If you would like to show your kind support of their petition on https://www.change.org to
formally establish the bhikkhuni sangha in Thailand, it is highly appreciated.