Via both The Buddhist Blog and lotusinthemud I found a really interesting quote from Venerable Khema. (Check out the links for the quote – figured repeating it a third time was a bit redundant. 0.O) I wasn’t familiar with the Venerable so I did a little research. Resources I found:
- Gathered resources here.
- A Wikipedia article here.
- To Be Seen Here and Now: Ten Dhamma Talks from a meditation retreat at Pelmadulla Bhikkhu Training Centre, Sri Lanka, by Sister Ayya Khema – I’ve yet to read these, but I look forward to it.
- Path and Fruit, a Dhamma Talk by Sister Ayya Khema – Another one I look forward to reading.
- Here‘s my search on Google video. A few are in English, most are in German.
- Ayya Khema: A Personal Tribute by Urgyen Sangharakshita.
- A collection of three of her writings, which includes a copy of To Be Seen Here and Now.
A brief summary of her life, quoted directly from Wikipedia:
Khema dodged the Nazis during World War II, but was interned by the Japanese. She eventually moved to the United States. After travelling in Asia she decided to become a Buddhist nun in Sri Lanka in 1979. She was very active in providing opportunities for women to practice Buddhism, founding several centers around the world. In 1987 she co-ordinated the first ever International Conference of Buddhist Nuns.
Among her many other accomplishments, Ayya Khema was the spiritual director of Buddha-Haus in Germany, founded with her guidance. (An English language version of their website can be found here.) Her ashes rest in a beautiful stupa there:
I have just came across Ayya Khema myself, and was taken by her down-to-earth style of teaching. I was also getting a different feel for the dharma by simply hearing it in German (my native tongue). It appears to be easier to grasp for me, when I hear it in my native language. Also, she pointed out our own Western wisdom lineages, and created links and connections, which helped me a great deal.
Image sources – Sangha: Munks [sic] and Nuns in the Buddhist Community by Friedrich Reg and the Buddha-Haus.