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She is a samaneri (a female novice, "little ascetic," probationary "Buddhist nun-in-training"). She intends to become a bhikkhuni (fully ordained Theravada nun) in America's Bible Belt.
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The venerable novice Ratanayani ("Jewel Vehicle") is a Cambodian-American Buddhist, the first "little nun" (samaneri) from Clayton County, Georgia, Southern United States of America.
Her family has many accomplishments to announce. For example, on November 5, 2013 the novice and her brother, Jadetha Samanera, were set to receive the first proclamation from Commissioner Jeff Turner of Clayton County, Georgia. This award was the first ever issued by a commissioner to any Buddhist monastic in Georgia's history.
The award was presented in the town center with reporters from local papers in attendance. We will offer more "Buddha Girl" coverage but first, What is a Buddhist "novice"?
- Going Forth: A Call to Buddhist [Monasticism]
- The 10 Training Precepts of a Buddhist Novice
- Novice Chants (excerpt from The Khuddakapatha)
- What is one? All beings subsist on nutriment [Footnote 1].
- What is two? Name and form .
- What is three? The three types of
- What is four? The Four Noble Truths .
- What is five? The Five Aggregates of Clinging .
- What is six? The six internal sense bases .
- What is seven? The Seven Factors of Enlightenment .
- What is eight? The Noble Eightfold Path..
- What is nine? The nine abodes for beings .
- What is ten? Endowed with ten qualities, one is called an arhat (a fully enlightened person) .
- FOOTNOTES: 1. "There are these four nutriments for the establishing of beings who have taken rebirth or for the support of those in search of a plane to be reborn. What are the four? Physical food, gross or subtle; contact as the second, intention [a representative mental formation] the third, and consciousness the fourth" (SN 12.64).
- 2. Mental and physical phenomena.
- 3. Pleasant, painful, and neutral (neither pleasant nor painful).
- 4. Disappointment (suffering), the origination of disappointment, the cessation of disappointment, the path of practice leading to the cessation of disappointment.
- 5. Form, feeling, perception, mental formations, and consciousness.
- 6. Eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind.
- 7. Mindfulness, keen investigation of mental phenomena (dhammas), energy (persistence), rapture (joy), serenity (calm), concentration (collectedness), equanimity (non-bias).
- 8. Right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.
- 9. Seven stations of consciousness and two spheres. There are beings with diversity of diverse form (body) and diverse perceptions, such as human beings, some devas, and some beings in the lower realms; this is the first station of consciousness. There are beings of diverse form and singular perceptions, such as the devas of Brahma's Retinue generated by the first meditative absorption (jhana); this is the second station of consciousness. There are beings of singularity (not undiversified) form yet diverse perceptions, such as the Radiant Devas; this is the third station of consciousness. There are beings with singular form and singular perceptions, such as the Effulgent Streaming Devas; this is the fourth station of consciousness. There are beings who, with the complete transcending of perceptions of [physical] form, with the disappearance of perceptions of resistance, and not attending to perceptions of diversity, [perceiving] 'Space is boundless' arrive at the base of consciousness of Boundless Space; this is the fifth station of consciousness. There are beings who, with the complete transcending of the base of Boundless Space, [perceiving] 'Consciousness is boundless' arrive at the base Boundless Consciousness; this is the sixth station of consciousness. There are beings who, with the complete transcending of the base Boundless Consciousness [perceiving,] 'There is nothing [or no-thing],' arrive at the base of Nothingness (the Void); this is the seventh station of consciousness. The base of non-percipient beings and, second, the base of Neither-perception-nor non-perception; these are the two spheres (Maha-nidana Suttanta, DN 15).
- 10. "The right view of one beyond training (asekha), the right intention (non greed, non harming, non wrath) of one beyond training, the right speech of one beyond training, the right action of one beyond training, the right livelihood of one beyond training, the right effort of one beyond training, the right mindfulness of one beyond training, the right concentration of one beyond training, the right wisdom of one beyond training, the right release (liberation) of one beyond training" (AN 10.112).
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