New Year’s Eve Anagarika Ceremony & Meditation

15732601_1794457847487537_6801947683143001125_oOn New Year’s Eve we had a lovely ceremony which transformed the secretary  of  the Buddhist Society of South Australia [Michelle] into our new nun Anagarika Pasanna.

We were honoured to have our local Sri Lankan Bhikkhu, Bhante Sumedha Thero present for this auspicious occasion.

While I was shaving our aspirants locks, Bhante Sumedha was chanting gatha’s of blessings in Pali. Our friend Susan followed up with chanting Mangala suta in English as the shaving continued.



We were so glad to have proud parents Susanne and Padraic present to welcome our new nun. Around 25 friends joined  us in this celebration.

15747918_10154946488232193_9124819224750050036_nWe are glad to be able to share some photos of the day from Shaun [now] and Viraj[coming soon].




After the ceremony, four of us settled down to see in the New Year from our meditation cushions. Perhaps the term Jhanathon was rather a high aspiration, but nevertheless we braved the sounds of the party next door watching the in breath and the out breath. Then later we chanted through the midnight fireworks.

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