Venerable Bhikkhuni Dhammananda

MIRAGE

THAILAND

Not allowing women the basic right to live a life of choice comes very easy, often times taking reasons from past stories, simply passing prejudices through generations and many times without much justification.

Here’s a story of not just one woman but a mother and daughter who stepped out of the box by simply living the life that felt right to them.

Venerable Bhikkhuni Dhammananda (born Chatsumarn Kabilsingh on October 6, 1944 (age 70))(2) was the first woman in Thailand to become an ordained Theravada Buddhist monk. Theravada means ‘doctrine of the elders’, it’s one of the largest movements in Buddhism and is popular in countries including Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Thailand.

Ven. Dhammananda’s decision to seek ordination was hugely controversial. She was criticised by conservative Buddhist leaders, who said it was wrong for women to wear the robes. Ven. Dhammananda had to travel all the way…

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