Pioneering Project for Bhikkhunis in New Zealand

$7,544 donated
Given by 61 generous donors in around 7 months

We are seeking financial support to establish the first residence for bhikkhunis in Aotearoa/New Zealand.


Throughout the ages, people have sought places of refuge to engage in deep meditative practice. Some have sought to become monastics, to dedicate themselves to contemplative practice and a life of service. Unfortunately, full ordination for women in the Theravada branch of Buddhism has gradually died out. Consequently opportunities for women to give themselves full-time to monastic life and deep practice has been greatly restricted, undersupported, and often denied.

To help remedy this situation, the New Zealand Bhikkhuni Sangha Trust (NZBST) is establishing the first meditation hermitage for bhikkhunis (fully ordained female Buddhist monastics) in this country. The first step is to purchase a residence in Hamilton, where monastic women can live, practice, and offer teachings to the community.

Through the generous support of donors, we have paid the deposit and secured most of the funds to purchase a house in Hamilton. However, we are $20K short to establish the residence and hope you will find it in your heart to help us achieve this by the 30th of November (property settlement date).

This is a historic step! Please go to our webpage to learn more:

With respect and gratitude,

New Zealand Bhikkhuni Sangha Trust

If you have any questions, please contact:

In America, please make your tax-deductible donation via the Alliance for Bhikkhunis:

About us

Our purpose is to support bhikkhunis (fully ordained female monastics) in the Theravada Buddhist tradition in Aotearoa/New Zealand and to offer teachings and meditation to the community.

Use of funds

The funds will be used to purchase a property in Queenwood, Hamilton. Any surplus to the target will be used to pay for property administration, maintenance, and a library.

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Thank you  5 June 2022

The trustees at the New Bhikkhuni Sangha Trust wish to thank everyone for their donations for our worthy cause. It has been 10 years in the making but we finially got there.

It was only with the help of so many unknown people who connected to our dream.

sadhu, sadhu, sadhu

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Pram on 11 Feb 2022
May all blessings accumulated lead you to the ultmate bliss of nibbana 🙏🙏🙏
Pram on 11 Jan 2022
May all blessings accumulated lead you to the ultmate bliss of nibbana 🙏🙏🙏
Uvini on 27 Dec 2021
Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu, incredible project
Pram on 11 Dec 2021
May all blessings accumulated lead you to the ultmate bliss of nibbana 🙏🙏🙏
Vanessa on 23 Nov 2021
Hope you meet your target and best wishes with your fundraising.
New Zealand Bhikkhuni Sangha Trust

Thank you Vanessa, yes we have the full settlement to be transferred tomorrow. The future is here. .....

New Zealand Bhikkhuni Sangha Trust

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