You may recall that the Summer 2010 issue of Buddhadharma — along with a heated and productive online discussion on Shambhala SunSpace — focused on a new call to end the second-class status of Buddhist nuns.
Now, Sylvia Boorstein — a friend and a frequent contributor to our magazines — provides us all with an exciting update via Huffington Post. The article begins:
“At 6:15 p.m. on August 29, 2010, at a secluded mountaintop hermitage overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Sonoma County, California, four women, all long-time dedicated practitioners, were declared fully ordained as bhikkhunis, Buddhist nuns, in the Thai Theravada tradition. It was the first such ordination ever in the Western hemisphere, and it was epochal since their preceptors were nuns in their same tradition.”
For more details and photos of the ceremony, see Sylvia’s Huffington Post article, here.