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September 2015

Invitation to Almsgiving Ceremony 2015

September 12, 2015
Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery, 2409 Tolowa Trail
Placerville, CA United States
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Please join us on International Bhikkhuni Day for a joyful celebration of generosity and appreciation for the continued unfolding of Aloka Vihara. All are invited to attend this community gathering at which we offer our material and financial donations to Aloka Vihara. This year we will focus our support on the “Founders’ Fund” for paying off the loan for the land on which the new monastery will arise. This year is particularly auspicious as the Almsgiving is falling on International Bhikkhuni Day. Learn more…

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November 2015

Women in Buddhism — From the Scriptures to Early Western Scholars

November 14, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, 108 Birch Road
Redwood City, 94062 United States
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A Symposium in Honor of the Nuns of Aloka Vihara The Sati Center for Buddhist Studies will host a unique symposium highlighting the accomplishments of women scholars in the early years of Buddhist Studies in the West, on the one hand, and portraits of women as presented in the scriptures of early Buddhist literature on the other. We will celebrate the contributions of these women as part of a benefit to support the pioneering Theravada Buddhist nuns living at Aloka Vihara in the Sierra…

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The Great Passing Away of Mahapajapati – The First Buddhist Nun

November 14, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Insight Meditation Center, 108 Birch Street
Redwood City, 94062 United States
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IMC will host a grand dramatization of the great passing away of the first Buddhist nun, the Buddha’s aunt and adoptive mother, Mahāpajāpatī.  The dramatization will be based on an ancient poem that confidently asserts the spiritual potential of women. It also celebrates the role Buddhist nuns have for teaching the Dharma and displaying the attainment of liberation. It is likely this poem was originally composed to be dramatized. It is also likely that it was composed by women at a time when the nuns…

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September 2016

Almsgiving Ceremony 2016

September 3, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery, 2409 Tolowa Trail
Placerville, CA United States
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August 2017

The Four-Fold Sangha – Past and Present

August 19 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, 108 Birch Road
Redwood City, 94062 United States
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The four-fold sangha, past and present, will be explored by Ayya Anandabodhi and Mindy Zlotnick at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies on August 19, 2017 from 1-5pm. Ayya Anandabodhi is co-founder of the Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery in Placerville, CA. Mindy is a long time supporter of the nuns and co-founder of Friends of Aloka Vihara. The Program “I Will Not Pass Away….Reinstating the Buddha’s Vision of the Four-Fold Sangha” speaks about the history of Theravada Bhikkhunis (fully ordained…

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