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We find inspiration in many ways, and especially in the examples of others who walked the path before us.

Here we will be posting a series of summaries of the canonical versions of the life stories of some of the nuns of Buddha's day, as well as short teachings from some of our teachers.

Mahāprajāpatī Gautamī occupies a special place in Buddhist history, as both the first bhikṣuṇī  and the aunt who raised Lord Buddha from birth. The many stories about Mahāprajāpatī Gautamī in the Buddhist canon also reveal that she had leadership roles throughout her life, and was particularly committed to making the Dharma fully available to women. For a descriptionof her life, continue reading here...

Coming next, the story of Bhikṣuṇī  Dharmadattā, from whom our community takes its name...



“All beings throughout the reaches of space 
must have happiness, be free from suffering,
and quickly attain unsurpassable, perfect and complete awakening.

For that purpose, until buddhahood, I will employ
my body, speech and mind in virtue.
Until death, I will employ
my body, speech and mind in virtue.
From today until this time tomorrow, I will employ
my body, speech and mind in virtue.”

- From our morning prayers