Interview with Sister Dipa

Sister Dipa will receive ordination as a bhikkhuni in October 2012. We are currently collecting donations to help support Sister Dipa, Mahajapati Monastery and the expenses associated with her upcoming ordination as a bhikkhuni.

You can bring donations to our meditation sessions or give directly at Mahajapati Monastery's website

We are very grateful to Sister Dipa for her generosity in leading the BOW Buddhist Meditation Group (2004-2009), her example in putting the Buddha's teachings into practice, and her willingness to share her time and thoughtful answers with us. 


This embedded video can also be viewed at Youtube HERE
A synopsis of Sister Dipa's answers can be found HERE (PDF).  

In this interview, Sister Dipa answers the following questions for our reflection:
  1. How long have you been practicing and what first inspired you to study and practice Buddhism? 
  2. What practices have been most helpful in sustaining your commitment to the path? 
  3. Tell us about your daily responsibilities at Mahapajapati. 
  4. What are some practical ways and benefits for isolated lay Buddhist communities (like ours) to be related to monastics? 
  5. What is the significance of bhikkhuni ordination to you personally and for the Buddhist community as a whole? 


  1. I am less rich because I came to BOW Meditation AFTER Sister Dipa left. I'm sorry I missed knowing her.

  2. Greetings to everyone in the Ozarks Dharma Community. I would like to thank you all for keeping the group active by your participation. I also want to thank all of you for your kindness in thinking of us here and your support for the ordination of four bhikkhunis Oct 22.

    We now have three bhikkhunis living here at Mahapajapati Monastery, one anagarika, and two lay stewards.

    We have recently finished preparations for the winter by insulating the mobile home that serves as our library, office, and small bedroom. Ayya Dhammadhira and I painted the library which was badly in need of it.

    Now we are continuing to study the 311 rules that we have undertaken. These rules are part of our training as bhikkhunis. At some point I would like to give a talk about some of these rules to further an understanding of what the training of a bhikkhuni involves. I will record the talk and share a link with you in the future.

    Till then, please take care of your heart mind.
    Ayya Dipa


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