Bhikkhuni Sudhamma Sessions - 20th and 21st
Samadhi Buddhist Foundation is please to announce that Bhikkhuni Sudhamma, residing at Carolina Buddhist Vihara in SC, has accepted our invitation to visit New Jersey over the December 20-21 weekend. 
Saturday December 20th from 10 AM to 3 PM
Children's Sil program at the Unitarian Society premises (176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick NJ)
9:30 - 10:00 Arrival
10:00 - 10:30 Precepts and Vandana
10:30 - 11:00 Discussion on the significance of taking Sil, expectations, setting goals for the day.
11:00 - 11:15 Explanation of the Buddha Puja concept. On mindful eating.
11:15 - 12:00 Dana
12:00 - 12:30 Rest for Bhikkuni Sudhamma, DVD - Life of Buddha for children
12:30 - 12:45 walking meditation
12:45 - 1:30 Discussion/story time for younger children. Reading time for older children
1:30 - 1:45 meditation (all children)
1:45 - 2:00 Younger children (leaving at 2 PM) to complete questionnaire. Quite time for older children
2:00 PM Younger children may leave (or wait for their older siblings, or wait for the charity event at 3 – waiting room provided)
2:00 - 3:00 Discussion for older children
3:00 – 4:00 Children will take part in a charity event. (Details to follow) 

Sunday December 21st from 10 AM to 2 PM
Adults Sil and meditation program at the club house of Fox Meadow complex: 59 Fox Meadow Ct, East Brunswick, NJ 
9:30 - 10:00 Arrival
10:00 - 10:30 Precepts and Vandana
10:30 - 11:00 Discussion on raising a Buddhist family in the west.
11:00 - 12:00 Dana
12:00 - 12:30 Rest for the Bhikkuni, Reading material will be available for participants
12:30 - 1:00 Dhamma talk
1:00 - 2:00 Guided meditation

Bhikkhuni Sudhamma is well known for her ability to teach Dhamma to the children, especially for been able to engage them in discussions. Therefore the 20th Saturday will be devoted to children's programs. On the 21st, we will have programs for the general public, and also for parents. The detailed schedule will be announced shortly.

Ayya Sudhamma Bhikkhuni, originally from Charlotte North Carolina, is Abbess of Carolina Buddhist Vihara. She became a samaneri in 1999 at the Bhavana Society, under the tutelage of Bhante Gunaratana. In early 2003, Ayya Sudhamma traveled to South Asia, where she became the first American-born woman to gain Theravada bhikkhuni ordination in Sri Lanka. In July 2003, she returned to the United States at the invitation of the Carolina Buddhist Vihara, where she still resides and teaches. In 2005 she participated in the founding of the North American Bhikkhuni Association and was recognized for her achievements as an Outstanding Woman in Buddhism at the United Nations in Bangkok Thailand on International Women's Day, in 2006.



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