Dhammatāyana

The Dhamma protects those who protect the Dahmma
Dhammatāyana was founded for, by and with female monastics, those fully ordained and those with 8 or 10 precepts. We live, practice and in some cases teach the Dhamma. We live in different countries, come from different backgrounds but have in commun the deep wish to live a life according to the Dhamma and to protect the Dhamma. We do feel protected by the Dhamma in many ways, but want to raise awareness for female monastics and their need for support and their abites to live and teach Dhamma.
  1. Spreading The Dhamma
    Dhamma for women or of women should not be different from the Dhamma taught by the Buddha. But there are things, in teaching the Dhamma that women would only want to discuss with women. Also, the female perspective of seeing things enriches the male dominated approach of spreading the doctrine of the Buddha. There cannot be an exclusion or condemnation of male or female monasticism or teaching. It is very clear from the suttas, that women in the Buddha's time had become Arahants and viable teachers. There is no reason why women today should not try to do the same today in the dsame way men do.
  2. 4 Fold Sangha
    Already short after his enlightenment the Buddha stated he would establish the 4 fold Sangha, consisting of Bhikkhus, Bhikkhunis, Laymen and Laywomen. He then did so. We think it is important for the Dhamma and its spreading around as a valuable choice of religion or philosophy for modern day people, that women are included, respected and treated equally.
  3. Bhikkhuni Ordination
    There has been a lot of controversy about Bhikkhuni ordination in Theravada Buddhism. We have now moved on and beyond this discussion and Samaneri and Bhikkhuni ordinations are happening. And those monks and laypeople with compassion, loving kindness and empathetic joy in their hearts and minds do rejoice with us.
  4. Woman Teaching
    For long time teaching the Dhamma has been a male dominace. There are great women teachers of the past and there a wonderful, wise and warm teachers now. We will try to put more and more links to introduce you to their teachings.
  5. More Convents
    There are plenty of Buddhist monasteries and centers for monks. In some women are allowed in others not. Monks and men can go anywhere in the world to such a monastery and feel at home. This is very different for women, may they be lay or in robes. It is important that women establish their own monasteries and that they have the possibility to move to different places freely without fear of repression.
  6. Protecting The Dhamma
    As monastics, we protect the Dhamma by living a humble simple lifestyle according to the Dhamma and by spreading it to the best of our abilities, to be there for laypeople when they want to practice the Dhamma or are in need of Dhamma. Laypeople can protect the Dhamma by protecting and supporting the monatsics in their lifestyle.
 Tāyana Sutta
Tāyano - Tāyana, son of Gods
Tayano, the son of gods, earlier a ford maker, illuminated the whole of Jeta's grove with an effulgent light, approached the Blessed One, worshipped, stood on a side and said this stanza in the 
presence of the Blessed One:

 “Brahmin, cut the stream and dispel sensuality.
The sage cannot attain one point of mind without dispelling sensuality.
If you do something do it with utmost care.
If a lax holy life is lived, much demerit is accumulated.
Evil not done is better, rather than to remorse later.
Done merit, is good, there would not be remorse afterwards.
Wrong grasp of a blade of kusa grass, cuts the hand
Likewise the wrongly grasped recluseship pulls one to hell.
Whatever careless action and any impure observance,
Destroys the holy life and it would not be of fruit.”

Tayana, the son of gods said this, worshipped, circumambulated the Blessed One and vanished 
from there.

The Blessed One, at the end of that night addressed the bhikkhus:
“Bhikkhus, Tayano, the son of gods, earlier a ford maker, illuminated the whole of Jeta's grove with an effulgent light, approached me worshipped, stood on a side and said this stanza in my presence:

“Brahmin, cut the stream and dispel sensuality.
The sage cannot attain one point of mind without dispelling sensuality.
If you do something do it with utmost care.
Leading a lax holy life, much demerit is accumulated.
Evil not done is better, rather than to remorse later.
Done merit, is good, there would not be remorse afterwards.
Wrong grasp of a blade of kusa grass cuts the hand
Likewise the wrongly grasped recluseship pulls one to hell.
Whatever careless action and any impure observance,
Destroys the holy life and it would not be of fruit.”

Tayana, the son of gods said this, worshipped, circumambulated me and vanished from there. 
“Bhikkhus, learn the stanzas of Tayana, study them they are the fundamentals of the holy life,
 they are for your welfare.
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