BRIEF: Well known monastic to give dhamma talk, discussion in Spokane

The Venerable Ayya Tathaaloka Bhikkhuni
The Venerable Ayya Tathaaloka Bhikkhuni

On Wednesday The Venerable Ayya Tathaaloka Bhikkhuni will deliver a dhamma talk and discussion at The Spokane Buddhist Temple.

She is a senior Theravada nun who is an American-born member of the Buddhist Monastic sangha with a background in Zen and Theravadan Buddhism. She began her monastic journey 25 years ago and in 2005 co-founded the North American Bhikkhuni Association, the Dhammadharini Support Foundation and the first Theravada Buddhist women’s monastery in the Western United States. In 2009 Ayya Tathaaloka became the second Western woman to be appointed a Bhikkhuni preceptor in Theravada Buddhism, serving since in the going forth, training, and full ordinations of women in Australia, the U.S., and Thailand, according to a news release.

She is inspired by the forest traditions in Buddhism and for the past five years she has been involved in developing a rustic, green, off-the-grid women’s monastic retreat on California’s Sonoma County coast named Aranya Bodhi, Awakening Forest Hermitage.

On Wednesday meditation will begin 5:30 p.m. and will be followed with a dhamma talk and discussion. For information contact Sarah Conover at 979-3376.

Then, at 7:30 p.m. on March 26, Ayya Tathaaloka will speak at at St Joseph Family Center. For information contact Dori Langevin at 928-3863.

Both talks are free and open to the public.

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