The Bhikkhunī Saṅgha is the community of fully ordained female Buddhist nuns. In Theravāda tradition they follow 311 rules, they wear orange or brown robes, and they shave their heads. They dedicate their life to meditation, wisdom, and to the teaching of the Buddha. Bhikkhunīs are an essential part of Buddhism. Along with Bhikkhus (fully ordained male monks), they carry the wisdom and the teaching from generation to generation. Thanks to both of them, and to the lay followers, Buddhism is still alive today, after over 2500 years.
Around 2560 years ago the Buddha ordained the first Bhikkhunī, and established the Bhikkhunī order in addition to the Bhikkhu order. The Buddha said that women and men are equal, thus they both can equally practice his teaching, and reach the highest goal... read more
Bhikkhunī Visuddhi is a fully ordained Buddhist nun (bhikkhunī) in the theravāda tradition. She is also a Dhamma and meditation teacher from the Czech Republic. She has practiced several years in Sri Lanka under the guidance of more experienced Bhikkhunīs. Her first teacher, Venerable Rewatadhamma Sayado, was a prominent Theravāda Buddhist monk... read more
The journey from being a lay woman to a fully ordained female nun often takes several years. She initially practices as a lay woman undertaking the 5 precepts, later she will live in a monastery for a period of time wearing white robes and undertaking the 8 precepts. Only after a longer period of time, she will renounce her lay life and fully enter into the monastic as a novice first, and as a Bhikkhunī later, if she wishes so...
At the present, Venerable Bhikkhunī Visuddhi resides and practices in the Czech Republic. This gives us an extraordinary and rare opportunity to receive directly her teachings to develop our mindfulness and practice mediation. However, it is of utmost importance that lay people get familiar with the rules of conduct that they have to respect when having any contact with a member of the Saṅgha community... read more