1st Malaysian Theravāda Bhikkhunī Sīmā established at Kwasa Damansara

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The 1st Theravāda Bhikkhunī Sīmā for the 1st Malaysian Theravāda Bhikkhunī Convent and Dhamma Training Center was successfully completed on uposatha full moon according to the Buddhist Vinaya, which corresponded to April 23, 2024.

UN and I is, in simple terms, a consecrated border of any terrain and any size where essential legal acts (kamma) according to the Vinaya, including the ordination of the monastic community (Sangha), can take place. Establish a and I is a crucial prelude for any monastery to come, and the establishment of this Bhikkhunī Sīmā in Damansara means that the first monastery in Malaysia bhikkhuni center of modern times can take place legitimately.

As indicated by the Ariya Vihara Buddhist Society, the organizer of the and I establishment, explained:

With the wonderful guidance and superb support of the Quadruple Assembly, the bhikkhus Sangha and bhikkhuni Saṅgha, and the great effort of the dedicated and committed Bhikkhunī Sīmā consecration committee of Ariya Vihara upasika(sand Upasaka(s), the Ariya Vihara Bhikkhunī Sīmā consecration was successfully established to the great joy of all. Significantly, this means that the bhikkhuni upasampada (higher ordination) can be carried out in Malaysia once the building is ready.


In a Facebook post, Ven. Tathaloka Theri shared the announcement from the Ariya Vihara Buddhist Society that the organization had organized a “truly united Bhikkhunī Saṅgha” with 17 participants. bhikkhunis Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia and Thailand. These esteemed monastic figures included 5 mahatherīs (great elders), 5 there is (old) and 7 bhikkhunis (fully ordained monastic women) who had attained their higher ordination (upasampada) of the two decades between 1998 and 2018. (Facebook)

Notable among those gathered bhikkhunis were Ven. Saddhasumanā Mahātheri, Ven. Sumanapalī Mahātheri, Ven. Santini Mahātheri, Ven. Viditadhamma Mahātheri and Ven. Susantā Mahātheri. Also involved were senior monks including Bhante Aggacitta Mahāthera, Bhante Ariyadhammika Thera, Bhante K. Sri Saranankara Nāyaka Mahāthera, Bhante Dhammapāla Mahāthera and attendants. bhikkhus assembly. Fri. Sumaṅgalā Bhikkhuṇī, abbess of the Ariya Vihara Buddhist Society, thanked the bhikkhus “for the invaluable support provided to ensure an appropriate and successful consecration. " (Facebook)

Ariya Vihara announced that before the consecration of Bhikkhunī Sīmā, “the bhikkhus et bhikkhunis were invited for Ariya Vihara Mahā Saṅghika Dāna at Menara Ken, followed by a detailed briefing on the consecration procedure of Bhikkhunī Sīmā and the preparation by Āyasmā Ariyadhammika Thera of the Sasanarakkha Buddhist shrine. (Facebook) The consecration was then followed by a visit to the land concerned, with a preparatory report written by Ven. Sumangalā Bhikkhunī under the watchful guidance of Āyasmā Aggacitta Mahāthera.

A Saṅghakamma was performed for the removal of old existing elements. and I on April 22, 2024, which will allow a new border to be drawn. This Saṅghakamma was followed by the outline and declaration of the 1st new Theravāda Bhikkhunī Sīmā by the Most Venerable. Saddhasumanā Mahātheri the next day, April 23, 2024, at 15:12 p.m. (Facebook)

On her Facebook post, Ariya Vihara noted:

We express our sincere gratitude and deep thanks to all 17 incredible bhikkhunis who traveled far and near, and were steadfast in rain and shine to properly complete the consecration. . . . We also sincerely thank and greatly appreciate everyone who contributed their time, effort and funds to this extremely important event, including Ariya Exco, the organizing committee, helpers, volunteers, sponsors /donors and all those who came in grace and witnessed it. the history of the establishment of the 1st Theravada Bhikkhunī Sīmā in Malaysia at Ariya Vihara.


Based in Shah Alam, the Ariya Vihara Buddhist Society was founded on August 10, 2015 and is one of the most active bhikkhuniheaded communities in Malaysia. The 0,45 acre land that would ultimately be dedicated was allocated to the organization by the Selangor state government on November 12, 2019.


Jason A. Carbine and Erik W. Davis (eds.). 2022. Simas: foundations of the Buddhist religion. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

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Henry Oudin

Henry Oudin is a Buddhist scholar, spiritual adventurer and journalist. He is a passionate seeker of the depths of Buddhist wisdom, and travels regularly to learn more about Buddhism and spiritual cultures. By sharing his knowledge and life experiences on Buddhist News, Henry hopes to inspire others to embrace more spiritual and mindful ways of living.

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