Sunday, January 25, 2009

Fifteen women ordained in India: a record

A group photo of the fifteen women ordained in India in January 2009On January 11, 2009 the following 15 women were ordained at Bhaja, Maharashtra India. This is a record number for Indian women’s ordinations at any one time, and takes the women’s Order in Indsia to a remarkable 88.

The new names are:-

Private preceptor Vajrasuri.
1.Nalini Chabukswar (Yerawada, Pune) becomes Achalasraddha -- she who has immovable faith.
2. Anita Gaikwad (Dapodi, Pune) becomes Maitriratna -- she who has a jewel of friendship.
3. Savita Gautam - (Modinager,Uttar Pradesh) becomes Sraddhavajri -- she who has a vajra of confidence.

Private preceptor Jnanasuri (an Indian Dhammacharini)
4. Vishakha Mane (Pimpri, Pune) becomes Aryachandra -- noble moon
5. Pratibha Shende (Amravati) becomes Danapadma -- Lotus of generosity
6. Shaila Ilamkar (Aurangabad) becomes Kshantichitta -- she whose heart is patience
7. Shushila Ingle (Aurangabad) becomes Kshantimati -- she whose mind is patience
8. Durga Devore (Amravati) becomes Danamati -- she whose mind is full of giving
9. Lata Patil (Nagpur) becomes Jnanasakhi -- friend of knowledge
10.Yashodhara Narvade (Aurangabad) becomes Kshantikirti -- she whose renowned for patience.
11. Shalu Meshram (Wardha) becomes Dipavati -- she who is full of light.

Private preceptor Karunamaya
12. Indubai Shardul (Ghatkoper ,Mumbai) becomes Sanghaprabha --Light of the sangha
13.Rajani Barate (Dapodi , Pune) becomes Mettika (Pali)-- She who has metta
14. Alka Manwatkar (Yerawada, Pune) becomes Bodhisakhi -- friend of awakening
15. Kamal Gaikwad (Dapodi , Pune) becomes Shàntida -- Giver or bestower of peace

The public preceptor was Karunamaya.


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Blogger Munisha said...

This is a tremendous step forward for the TBM, and for women in particular. The ordination of women in Buddhism in general is considered by some to be radical, but that's nothing compared to the ordination of Dalit women. Sadhu!


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