Monastic Training

At Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage, women train as nuns in the Theravāda bhikkhunī tradition which was restored only in this new millenium after a lapse of more than 1000 years.

We are closely affiliated with a number of growing Theravāda bhikkhunī monasteries in the USA including Dhammadharini Monastery and Aloka Vihāra – both in Northern California – as well as other newly established Theravāda bhikkhunī monasteries worldwide.

We welcome suitable candidates for training and ordination. Women who feel moved to undertake this spiritual training will enter a gradual process of training, beginning with a period of serving as a lay steward; followed by anagārikā or postulant ordination for a minimum of one year; a deeper commitment as a sāmaņeri or 10 precept nun for two years; and a lifetime commitment as a bhikkhunī.

A dedicated practitioner can find the monastic journey to be a transformative experience. The Anagārikā Training Handbook describes more fully what’s involved in the initial steps of this training process.