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.
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.