Ayyā Anuruddhā

Ayyā Anuruddhā, Naomi Brown of the United Kingdom, joined the Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage community in May, 2014.

On September 13, 2015, she began her life as a Buddhist nun in a memorable ordination ceremony – the sāmaņerī pabbajja. This deepened her commitment to the spiritual path and to bringing blessings to the world.

She received 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.

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