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Ehipassiko — Come and See for Yourself


Buddha's Forgotten Nuns: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Amma Thanasanti Bhikkhuni, Gina Sharpe, Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara
Fee by donation; no pre-registration required

April 18, 2014
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Buddha’s Forgotten Nun’s - Ten years in the making, this documentary explores the controversy in reviving the Theravadan order of Bhikkhunis created by the Buddha more than 2,500 years ago.

Our panel will address the conflict between Buddhism as a religious movement based on equality and its transmission from one male-dominated culture to another. 

Fee by donation: All donations from this event will be split evenly between Awakening Truth a non-profit supporting a Bhikkhuni training monastery for Buddhist nuns and the Saranaloka Foundation which supports a small community of Theravada Buddhist nuns living in San Francisco.

Just as monastics in the Buddha’s time were sustained by the offerings of the lay community, modern-day monastics depend on the kindness of others. When you make a contribution to support monastics (and the Dharma), you nurture your own virtuous aspiration and help create a field of blessings that supports others to do the same.


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Amma Thanasanti

Amma Thanasanti Bhikkhuni Amma Thanasanti Bhikkhuni has been meditating for 35 years, 25 of which she has been an ordained Buddhist nun.  In 2009, after 20 years in monasteries associated with the Ajahn Chah Forest Tradition, she returned to the US and founded Awakening Truth, an organization whose mission is to share essential teachings and strengthen the relationship between monastic and lay practitioners.  Awakening Truth’s eventual aim is to create a Bhikkhuni training monastery and modern Dhamma village. Amma skillfully blends the rigor of early Buddhist teachings with the gentle encouragement to discover one’s own path.


Gina Sharpe Gina Sharpe was born in Jamaica and immigrated to New York at the age of 11.  After retiring from the practice of law, she co-founded New York Insight Meditation Center where she serves as Guiding Teacher. She has taught at Retreat Centers and other venues around the United States including a maximum security prison for women. She has been teaching the Dharma since 1995 and is particularly inspired by the potential and application of Dharma to transform and illuminate interpersonal and multicultural relations.

roshi pat

Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara is the Abbot of The Village Zendo in downtown Manhattan. A Soto Zen priest and American Zen Teacher, she integrates traditional meditation and koan practice with social engagement and peacemaking. She is a Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order and taught for many years at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, centering on social justice and new media.

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