Bhikkhuni

Thank you for Ayyā Medhānandī’s Inspiration at the New Year

Ayyā Medhānandī Bhikkhunī, the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Saraniya Hermitage, spent a day of Dhamma with us on January 3, 2021. She met with Portland Friends of the Dhamma for the first time, a start to our new year, just before entering her winter retreat. The theme of the day was “An Ever-Present Refuge.” Over fifty people from all over North America gathered to learn the wisdom of being present in the moment as a refuge from the worldly winds and suffering. While she recognized that there has been great suffering this past year, she pointed out that suffering allows us to learn the Dhamma. Our true home is the place within us unperturbed by the conditioned. Ayya included guided meditation, reference to the suttas, and a reading from the Dhammapada. Over and over she emphasized that Nibbana is attainable in this very lifetime. 

We are grateful for this inspiring teaching and for the hard work of our volunteers who organized the online event, helped the Hermitage with tech support and Zoom facilitation, and for our donors who supported the meal offering for the Hermitage, our Nuns’ Fund, and our Center and staff.

We are happy to say that Ayyā Medhānandī will return, via Zoom, for a daylong once again on Sunday, September 19, 2021. We hope you can join us.

The recording of the day may be found here.  Below are two links that regularly upload her Dhamma talks.

 Sati Saraniya Teachings and Dharma Seed 

Ayya Santussikā: Directing the Mind, Cooling the Heart Sep 27 2020 045

Ayya Santussikā gives the afternoon talk of our daylong session with her on Directing the Mind, Cooling the Heart. Breath, Brahma Viharas, and suttas inform the instruction. Guidance for daily life is given. The talk is followed by a long, rich question and answer session.

Ayya Santussikā: Directing the Mind, Cooling the Heart Guided Meditation Sep 27 2020 044

In this guided meditation from the morning of our daylong session with Ayya Santussika titled Directing the Mind, Cooling the Heart the foundation is laid for the afternoon’s teaching. Careful practice instruction is given grounded in the Buddha’s teaching.

Medhanandi Bhikkhuni to visit Friends of the Dhamma, Thursday, May 21, 2020

 We are excited and honored to welcome Medhanandi Bhikkhuni, the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Saraniya Hermitage, a training monastery near Perth, Ontario, Canada, to Portland Friends of the Dhamma for the first time. Ayya Medhanandi will join us for an evening of meditation and teaching on Thursday May 21, adjacent to her session at Cloud Mountain retreat center.

Ayya Medhanandi has been described as a gem whose teaching is of great clarity. All are welcome.

Gatherings are offered by dana (donation). If you have the means, whatever you are inspired to give is gratefully accepted.

Further information is at pdxdhamma.org. Her teachings may be found here.


Thursday, May 21, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Meditation and Dhamma Reflections


Santussikā Bhikkhuni Weekend of Practice and Teaching

We are delighted to welcome back Santussikā Bhikkhuni to Portland Friends of the Dhamma for a weekend of conversation, meditation, teaching, and meal offerings March 6-8, 2020. 

Ayya Santussikā teaches directly from the suttas giving them focus and relevance in daily life. Her sutta study group at Karuna Vihara is famously popular. We were so engaged by her teaching and warmth last year that we encourage you to hear her. She will be accompanied by Cittānandā Bhikkhuni. Both reside at Karuna Vihara in the Bay area. All are welcome.

Gatherings are offered by dana (donation). If you have the means, whatever you are inspired to give is gratefully accepted.

Further information is at pdxdhamma.org.  Her teachings may be found here.


Friday, March 6, 5:30 p.m. – 6:40 p.m.: Tea and conversation, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Meditation and Dhamma Reflections

Saturday, March 7, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Daylong with potluck meal offering (no late arrivals)

Sunday Sila, March 8: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – followed with a meal-offering and casual conversation