Thai Buddhist nuns in Rayong, previously targeted by death threats, have now been forced out of their temple. As Venerable Pannavati, a female Buddhist monastic who visits Thailand yearly to ordain, train, and give to support to nuns there, reports on her blog:
On Apr. 3rd arson of their temple has forced Thai bhikkhunis to flee their headquarters and Temple at the International Women’s Meditation Center in Rayong. The bhikkhuni project was founded by Venerable Dr. Lee more than a decade ago and grafted into the US Theravadan order, Sisters of Compassionate Wisdom [of which Ven. Pannavati is a founding circle member]. A rescue plan is in operation. Right now, we don’t need money. Sufficient help is available through Taiwan monastic connections.
As Pannavati explains later in her post, “It is still illegal for women to take full ordination as a Buddhist nun (Bhikkhuni) in Thailand because of a 1928 law created by the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand. He based this on the fact that the Buddha allowed senior bhikkhunis to initiate new women into the order.”
Previously on Lion’s Roar: