Ayyā Anuruddhā, Naomi Brown of the United Kingdom, joined the Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage community in May, 2014. After her initial year as a postulant (anagārikā), she began her life as an alms mendicant nun in a memorable ordination ceremony – the sāmaņerī pabbajja which was held on September 13, 2014. This step deepened her spiritual commitment to the Buddha’s path of monastic training.
Her higher ordination as a bhikkhunī was conducted on Dec. 3, 2017 at Dhammadharini Monastery, Penngrove, California, with Ayyā Tathālokā as preceptor in a joyous dual act of the Bhikkhu and Bhikkhunī Saņghas.
That was also an auspicious day it being the Saņghamittā full moon or Uduvapa Poya day, honouring 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.