Ayyā Anuruddhā, Naomi Brown of the United Kingdom, began her monastic training at Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage when she undertook the anagārikā (postulant) precepts on her 50th birthday in July, 2014. On September 13, 2015, she deepened her commitment to the spiritual path and the realization of Nibbāna in her ‘Going Forth‘ or sāmaņerī pabbajja as a novice nun.
After her two year novitiate nun’s training, she was invited to receive full bhikkhunī ordination with Ayyā Niyyānikā at Dhammadharini Monastery, Penngrove, California, in a joyous dual act of the Bhikkhu and Bhikkhunī Saņghas on Dec. 3, 2017.
The ceremony was held on the Saņghamittā full moon or Uduvapa Poya day, which traditionally marks the establishment of the Bhikkhunī Sangha in Sri Lanka by Arahant Saņghamittā Therī in the 3rd century B.C.
Anuruddha – ‘one who is in harmony’ – was the name of a beloved cousin of the Buddha, one of his chief disciples renowned for his penetrating Dhamma vision, skillfulness, devotion and noble qualities of heart.