The Way of Buddha
The mission is 'to train females with keen interest and the will to join the Bhikkhuni Order'.
"Sabba papassa akaranam
sachitha pariyo dapanan
Ethan Buddhanu Sasanan"
If someone realizes by himself in such a practical way is Buddha Sasana. It is the ultimate victory. Naturalization is always beyond tradition.
It cannot frame or change with culture and tradition.
Be an open-minded seeker to gain the ultimate results.
Living a Spiritually Awakened Life
In Buddhism, both genders are treated as equals. Therefore, women are also capable of attaining Nirvana and thus, can reach enlightenment. Both follow the same path to enlightenment. Bhikkhuni is the feminine form of Bhikkhu. The fundamentals are the same for men and women, according to Vinaya, which the monastics are sincerely practicing. Women have a few additional requirements for ordination than men. Normally, people (a man or a woman) would come to stay at a monastery where they think they would like to train.
The order of bhikkhunis was first created by the Buddha at the specific request of his stepmother Mahapajapati Gotami, who became the first ordained Bhikkhuni. It is recorded that upon the request of Bhikkhu Ananda to publicly recognize women as being equal to men in possessing the potential for awakening, the Buddha conceded and permitted the women to enter the Sangha. The stories, sayings, and deeds of the preeminent Bhikkhuni, as well as numerous distinguished Bhikkhunis of early Buddhism, are recorded in the Pali Canon.
If one feels inspired to stay and enter into the training at a particular monastery, they should make their aspiration known to the teacher and then begins the gradual process of training from household life to homelessness. The process of training to be ordained as Bhikkhuni is completed in three stages:
The first stage is to take the eight Precepts live as anagarika for two years in the monastery under elder Bhikkhunis observance then to enter the pabbajja (monastic way of life).
The second one is to become a Sramaneri (novice) train the basic rules for two years.
The last and final one is to take the full vows of a Bhikkhuni.
Today there are numerous Theravada Bhikkhuni training monasteries and hermitages developing around the world, each with its own emphasis and flavor.
Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Bhikkhuni Upekkha (lay name Ranjana Barua), born in 1978 to a traditional Theravada Buddhist family, Hyderabad city, Telangana state, South India. With the encouragement of a local Theravada monk for me to ordain, I went to Taiwan in 2001 and received Samaneri pabbajja with the monastic Dhamma name Shingtu(性度) under Master Ru Wu at Yuan Kuang international Buddhist college, Taiwan. I was trained as Samaneri for 7 years at Yuan Kuang temple. In 2008, I received full Bhikkhuni Upasampada Ordination at Kuang Teh Temple in Taiwan. Continuing my journey from Mahayana to Theravada, I traveled to Sri Lanka to learn and get trained in the Theravada tradition.
Now, with 20 years of monastic life, since completing my basic Bhikkhuni training and returning to my home country of India, I have lived a peripatetic monastic life, residing at different places participating in Buddhist programs, and developing my own practice. In the course of this journey, I came across people who showed keen interest and the will to join the monastic Sangha, then a wish arose in me to find a place at my place of birth for self-practice and to guide others in this spiritual path.
A seed of wish long-buried is now ready to sprout and begin to rise up, we are ready to cultivate and nurture it so that it may bear the most excellent fruits in the Buddha’s way, once again in my home country, and the blessed Buddha’s home country, of India. Empowered by 20 years of training with the Bhikkhunis of Taiwan and Sri Lanka, and experience with Buddhism in India, with my local language, knowledge, and network of contacts – if all the Kalyanamittas in Dhamma come together – I feel confident and assured our mission will be successful.