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. 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 Version V Anagarika Handbook describes the process of preparing for and entering this path of spiritual commitment.