Sister Ayya Dhammadhira is a Bhikkhuni, a fully ordained Buddhist nun, who has lived, worked and practiced in Buddhist monasteries around the world — and now does so independently — these past 20 or so years.

In this conversation with Ayya Dhammadhira, we talk about such essential aspects of humanness. There are lessons of letting go and of allowing, and reflections on loss and impermanence, as well as stories of remarkable resilience and joy. 

This is a story of stepping into one’s fullness while flowing with the ups and downs of the human experience… something that surely resonates with our own stories.

We get into Ayya’s upbringing in a Catholic family and the family tragedy that sent Ayya inward with her spiritual questions at 12 years old. 

We talk about what carried Ayya from her young adult life as a married school teacher across the transom from layperson to ordained Buddhist monastic. And we talk about her family’s reaction to this radical shift, too. Among other things.

I am honored to have this conversation with Sister Ayya Dhammadhira, and to learn from her quest for deeper knowing. Here it is.


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