Monday, May 22, 2017

The Validity of bhikkhunī Ordination by bhikkhus Only, According to the Pāli Vinaya

Dear friends,
here is a article by ven. bhikkhu Anālayo. In this paper bhikkhu Anālayo argues that bhikkhunī ordination carried out by bhikkhus only, “single ordination”, is according to the Pāli Vinaya a legally valid procedure in a situation in which, due to the non-existence of a community of bhikkhunīs, the standard procedure of granting “dual ordination” by both communities is not possible.
Alongside the article, the venerable wrote an open, covering letter in response to the position on the alleged illegality of bhikkhunī ordination held by Ajahn Ṭhānissaro.








The upasampadā of Mahāprajāpatī Gautamī in the Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya and a sūtra Quotation in Śamathadeva’s Abhidharmakośopāyikā-ṭīkā

Dear friends,

here is a just published article by ven. bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā containing a brief discussion and translation of the Tibetan Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya version of the upasampadā of Mahāprajāpatī Gautamī as well as of a parallel version in a Tibetan Abhidharma commentary (a repertory of the sūtra quotations) whose Sanskrit original is now lost. The article makes available the text in English translation. This was the only version so far unavailable in Western languages. The introduction offers a Vinaya-based perspective different from that of the prevalent gendered discourse surrounding the garudhammas (gurudharmas in Sanskrit).






Monday, May 1, 2017

Invitation to celebration of Vesākha on May 13, 2017 in the ​ār​āma​ Karuṇā Sevena.

Dear friends,

We would like to cordially invite you to join us at the celebration of the most important Buddhist holiday of the year, Vesākha, which will take place on May 13, 2017  in the ​ār​āma​ Karuṇā Sevena.

On this day,  the Vesākha reminds us about the Birth, Awakening and Enlightenment of Siddhattha Gotama - the Buddha. We have a possibility to listen to the Dhamma, meet the monastic Saṅgha and share with friends from Karuṇā Sevena.

Karuṇā Sevena will host our residing venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi therī and welcome two monastic guests. It is an ancient tradition to donate gifts to monks and nuns on the Vesākha celebration. This act of your generosity (dāna) brings better life conditions for the monastic Saṅgha, helps to your own feelings of joy and leads to your better kamma.

The celebration will take place in our completely redesigned ārāma Karuṇā Sevena and also in Viveka - a residence for  visitors of the ​ār​āma. As part of the program, we will officially open Viveka with a little ceremony. Numerous people worked very hard on this magnificent project of reconstructing Karuṇā Sevena for nearly six years and overcame many challenging obstacles. Therefore, our joy from the accomplishment is enormous.

We would like to invite all interested parties to join us at this joyful even and/or support our ongoing project of creating a beautiful space of quiet contemplation and meditation, a place created for dwelling, quieting one’s mind and reflexion.

Place: The ārāma Karuṇā Sevena, Slezská 3, Prostejov, CZ, E.U.
Time of celebration: Saturday 13th of May 2017, from 9AM


Programme of the day:

9:00 Preparation of the celebration
11:00 Buddha Pūja and receiving of a Triple Gem refuge
11:30 Dāna
13:00 Chanting: Blessing of Viveka
14:00 Dhammadesanā (Dhammatalk)
16:00 Tea Time (Dhamma discussion)
17:00 Cleaning
19:00 Meditation and individual practice

Those of you, who would like to help with preparation of celebration, please, come on Friday, May 12.  The celebration will be prepared of your gifts and vegetarian food that you bring with you, and it will be cooked in Viveka prior the event.

Please, let us know if you are planning on coming so that we can better organize and arrange the event.

VIEW pictures from last year's celebration.

We are looking forward to meeting you in the Dhamma!

Much mett​ā



President of​​ Karuṇ​​​​ā Sevena


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pictures from the Meditation Course for Beginners and Newcomers

Dear Friends,

during the second weekend in March, a meditation course for beginners and newcomers took place in the ārāma Karuṇā Sevena. An atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. New meditators were slowly adjusting to the rules of the monastery, received a meditation instruction for sitting and walking meditation from venerable Bhikkhunī Visuddhi Therī and asked a lot of questions during individual interviews and an interesting evening Dhamma talk. The practitioners also helped to prepare ārāma's garden and pond for the spring, which we really appreciate. Special thanks belongs to Klarka Adamova, who organized beautifully the entire course and was the right hand of venerable Bhikkhunī Visuddhi.

Here is the photo gallery from the weekend.

Have a beautiful day!
President of Karuna Sevena
Ivona Mollberg







Monday, February 27, 2017

Bhikkhunī's visit of Bhikkhu Sīlavansa in Austria


Bhikkhunī Visuddhi Therī and Libor Šulák, the head of Prague Center Lotus, visited Theravāda Buddhist Center in Vienna on the weekend of 24.-26.February 2017. Respected senior Sri Lankan monk, Venerable Bhikkhu Sīlavansa, who is the main teacher residing in the center, welcomed both of them.

Bhikkhunī was greeted by three Sri Lankan practitioners and offered tea, right after entering this beautiful space. The center is very unexpectedly located in the middle of a busy street in Vienna. Yet, the beautiful palace-like space is serene and one could breath in a calming atmosphere of the presence of the Dhamma. Bhikkhunī and Libor were here on an important mission: to discuss details of  a collective invitation of venerable Bhante Pemasiri, who may be visiting Austria, Czech Republic (ārāma Karuṇā Sevena) and Slovakia in June. Bhikkhu Sīlavansa knows Bhante Pemasiri very well and is also one of his students. Everything looks very good, so far! We will inform you once we know more details.




Tuesday, February 14, 2017

VESĀKHA 2560 CELEBRATION

We would like to cordially invite you for a celebration of the most important Buddhist event of the year - VESĀKHA.

This day Vesākha reminds us about the Birth, Awakening and Enlightenment of Siddhattha Gotama - the Buddha. We have a possibility to listen to the Dhamma, meet the monastic Sagha and share with friends from Karuṇā Sevena.

Place: ārāma Karuṇā Sevena, Slezská 3, Prostejov, CZ, E.U.
Time of celebration: on Saturday 13th of May 2017, from 9AM


It is ancient tradition to donate a gifts to monks and nuns on Vesākha. This act of your generosity (dāna) brings better life conditions for the monastic Sagha, helps to your own feelings of joy and leads to your better kamma.

Programme of the day:


9:00 Preparation of the celebration
11:00 Buddha Pūja and receiving of Three refuge
11:30 Dāna
13:00 Chanting
14:00 Dhammadesanā (Dhammatalk)
15:00 Discussion about Dhamma
16:00 Tea Time
17:00 Cleaning
19:00 Meditation and individual practise

Those of you, who would like to help with preparation of celebration, please, come on Friday 12th of May.  The celebration will be prepared of the our gifts and vegetarian food, cooked here. Please, let us know if you are planning on coming so that we can better organize and arrange the event. 
VIEW pictures from last year's celebration. 

We are looking forward to meeting you in the Dhamma!

Karuna Sevena



"'Right view, right view' it is said.To what extent is a disciple of the noble ones a person of right view, one whose view is made straight, who is endowed with verified confidence in the Dhamma, and who has arrived at this true Dhamma?

When a disciple of the noble ones discerns what is unskillful, discerns the root of what is unskillful, discerns what is skillful, and discerns the root of what is skillful, it is to that extent that he is a person of right view, one whose view is made straight, who is endowed with verified confidence in the Dhamma, and who has arrived at this true Dhamma.

When a disciple of the noble ones discerns what is unskillful in this way, discerns the root of what is unskillful in this way, discerns what is skillful in this way, and discerns the root of what is skillful in this way, when — having entirely abandoned passion-obsession, having abolished aversion-obsession, having uprooted the view-&-conceit obsession 'I am'; having abandoned ignorance & given rise to clear knowing — he has put an end to suffering & stress right in the here-&-now, it is to this extent that a disciple of the noble ones is a person of right view, one whose view is made straight, who is endowed with verified confidence in the Dhamma, and who has arrived at this true Dhamma." MN









Saturday, February 4, 2017

Noble friend - kalyāṇa-mitta

"Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life. When a monk has admirable people as friends, companions, & comrades, he can be expected to develop & pursue the noble eightfold path." SN 45.2