Ayya Santacari with Ajahn Brahm

Ayya Santacari with Ajahn Brahm at Bodhinyana

Ayya Santacārī Bhikkhunī, a Buddhist nun in the Theravadan tradition has come to live in Christies Beach, south of Adelaide in South Australia. As a local resident, Ayya has been invited to be the Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of South Australia, with Ajahn Brahm as Spiritual Adviser.


Ayya Santacari and Anagarika Pasanna walking on Christies Beach

The Dakkhina Dhammatthala Vihara at Christies Beach is now a Vihara of the Buddhist Society of South Australia [BSSA]. We have two nuns living here in SA since New Years Eve when Ayya Santacari accepted Michelle Koen as a student and gave her 8 precepts, white Anagarika robes and a new monastic name:  Pasanna. We are filled with joy to welcome Anagarika Pasanna to monastic life and appreciate the contribution that she is already making to our community.

Ayya Santacārī gives meditation classes, Dhamma talks and Dhamma discussions in the lovely peaceful shrine room and garden space throughout the week.  For those who have already learned to meditate, group sitting practice times are also offered.  On Tuesdays, meditation classes are given at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

When Ayya is away, Pasanna has been graciously stepping in to provide these classes. You can see the schedule here.

safe-space-sticker-smEvery one is welcome to come to any of these sessions.

On the 4th Friday of each month Ayya Santacari and Anagarika Pasanna host a Dhamma Talk and meditation at the Sri Lanka Vihara at 8 James st in Crafers.

FRIDAY 23rd June @ ASBV, 8 James St, Crafers
Chanting: 7pm–7.15pm (optional)
Meditation: 7.15–7.45pm
Dhamma Talk: 7.45–8.45pm


some lovely chanting. do you know who it is?

Ayya Medhāvīni Vandana