A Presentation about the Bhikkhuni Order by Mindy Zlotnick
This program walks through the history of Theravada Bhikkhunis (fully ordained Buddhist nuns) from the time of the Buddha until the present day. It includes a colorful and informative overview of the history of the Buddha’s vision of the four-fold sangha, and how women were an integral part of this vision. Because of political and cultural decisions, a strong female monastic presence disappeared for almost 1,000 years. The revival of the bhikkhuni sangha in the Theravada tradition began about thirty years ago and has spread throughout the world. The Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery nuns in California featured in the presentation are an example of a group of pioneering women who are helping to revive the lineage.
Mindy will present this program through a PowerPoint slide show. The program runs about 60-75 minutes and will be followed by an opportunity for questions and answers.
There is no pre-registration or admission fee for this event, but donations (dana) will be gratefully accepted.
Mindy Zlotnick has been a meditation practitioner for almost 30 years. For the last five years she has been traveling in the United States, practicing and serving in different venues in a variety of ways, serving as retreat support at the Insight Meditation Society and in extended cooking residencies for various retreat locations. Her time serving was intermingled with a number of long-term retreats. She completed a three-month retreat at the Forest Refuge in January 2017. She currently lives at Yogaville in Virginia, serving in the Yogaville Environmental Solutions department.
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