Under a full moon of December around 300 BCE, the great enlightened nun Arahant Sanghamitta Bhikkhuni arrived in Sri Lanka by ship from India. She and her entourage came in response to the ladies of the Sri Lankan royal court who longed for higher ordination. (She also brought the famous Bodhi tree sapling, a cutting from the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment, which is still alive and venerated in Sri Lanka 24 centuries later.)
The Bhikkhuni Sangha flourished in Sri Lanka. Hundreds of years later, in the 4th century, a group of Sri Lankan bhikkhunis would take the higher ordination to China, whence it would later spread. Hence the Sangha of fully-ordained female monks around the world today trace their lineage to the arrival - in Sri Lanka - of Arahant Sanghamitta under the December full moon.
Please join us as we recall this auspicious occasion. Your whole family is welcome.
Schedule for "Sanghamitta Poya" December full moon observance morning:
• 7:30 AM -EARLY PROGRAM: Eight precepts, "Heel dana" offering and chanting
• 8:15 AM Potluck breakfast;
• 9:30 AM -MAIN PROGRAM: Buddhist history lesson, Brief meditation, Dhamma talk
• 11:00 AM Prepare offerings, Refuge & 5 Precepts, Buddha-puja chanting, offer dana
• 11:30 AM Finish with potluck brunch.
(The full moon will peak at 10:47 AM.)