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 other Theravāda bhikkhu and bhikkhunī monasteries in North America including Tisarana and Dhammadharini Monastery as well as Theravāda bhikkhunīs in monasteries worldwide.

We welcome suitable candidates for training and ordination. A regular meditation practice, prior experience of meditation retreats as well as  living and serving in a monastic community are valuable supports for undertaking monastic training.  Women who feel moved to live this kind of spiritual life will enter a gradual process of renunciation, virtue, mental cultivation and service, beginning with a period of serving as a lay steward.

A dedicated practitioner can find the monastic journey to be a transformative experience. The The Anagarika Handbook (Version V) describes the process of preparing for and entering this path of spiritual commitment.