Senior Bhikkhuni preceptor Ven. Chi Kwan Sunim is ready to begin the ordination ceremony in the Moneyya Cave
Bhante Sujato arrives only slightly damp from the rain outside. Many candles cast a warm glow.
Bhante Santitittho adds a wise and serene presence
The Abbot and the Preceptor are ready - where are the anagarikas?
Annie and Shirley enter bearing offerings of flowers and gifts.
Having hands in anjali while carrying a basket and walking very mindfully is not so easy.
Annie's partner Elio hands her her robes. A moment that encapsulates enormous generosity.
Pat carefully picks up the robes and bowl ...
... and hands them to Shirley.
Annie and Shirley leave their place with the anagarikas to kneel before Bhante.
They place their offerings down and ...
... Shirley looks surprised 'cos Annie starts chanting without bowing again.
Asking for forgiveness from Bhante Sujato before making offering.
Bowing to the preceptor.
Shirley makes offering to Ven Chi Kwan Sunim.
After requesting the going forth, Annie, then Shirley present their robes to preceptor.
After being requested a second time the preceptor returns robes to anagarikas.
While Annie and Shirley go away to put on their robes the two Venerables entertain the waiting guests with ghost stories.
Annie comes in first
Walking even more carefully in close formation.
A transformation - at many levels!
What joy - Analaya and Pasada bow for the first time in the robes of the Buddha's Sangha.
A gift of flowers - gorgeous but impermanent - they are now adding nutriment to the Santi compost.
Bhante Santi gives an inspiring exhortation to the new monastics.
The new samaneris walk to their new seats at the end of the row of nuns.
Pasada and Analaya receive greetings from Pat
Justine passes on good wishes.
A very happy Ayya Analaya.
The new Ayya surrounded by family and friends including daughter and son on the left and Elio.
Justine and David
How wonderful to have an old friend and her daughter to help fold one's robe.
The new Ayyas being congratulated by a woman Anglican priest who attended the ceremony.