Bodhicitta Foundation
Taking Light into the Dark Places of the World
Venerable Yeshe Chodron ordained as a nun in 2001. She discovered Buddhism whilst travelling in Nepal and India at the age of 17 on a search for the meaning of life. Coming back to Australia after a year of study and practice in monasteries, she helped run a Buddhist Centre in Sydney and trained with her teacher Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe for five years whilst working as well.

Upon ordaining as a nun at the age of 23 Venerable Yeshe, found like the majority of Western monastics before her that there was very little care or support for Western
monastics, people preferring to access Tibetan Lamas who are already trained. She had no where to live and had to beg on traditional alms round to get food, she stayed with various friends and in garden sheds. She engaged in teaching Dharma in HIV hospices, schools, drug and alchohol rehab centres and trained as a yoga teacher.

Coming to India in 2004, Venerable Yeshe studied for two years in a monastery, but felt a need to make Buddhism accessable and socially engaged, whilst still trying to maintain her contemplative way of life. She met Indian Buddhists in 2005 and has been working with them ever since. Her teachers are Sakya Trizen (the second highest Lama in Tibetan Buddhism) and Ven Thich Nhat Hanh, the nobel peace prize poet and peace activist.

Ayya Yeshe Bodhicitta is the author of 'Everyday Enlightenment' published by Harper Collins and is featured in the documentaries 'life beyong the begging bowl' and 'Through the Eastern Gate'.
Our Founder -
Ayya Yeshe Bodhicitta
Click on a link below to find out more about Our Social Work Projects:
Click on "How You Can Help" for more information. Consider organising a fundraiser in your area or set up monthly donations from your bank account.
QUILT MAKING SERVICE
Direct from women in the Nagpur slums to the buyers...
"Its a way people can directly empower slum women and enjoy good quality hand made craft."
- Sister Yeshe. Approximate cost $150.
For more information contact Ayya Yeshe
For only AU$40 a month, you can sponsor a poor child in Nagpur, India. Your sponsorship can pay for school fees, transport, uniforms, books, tuition and extra food. Your will receive photos, updates and letters from your child.
Contact Ayya Yeshe for more information.
- Western monks and nuns sponsorship and dialogue programme
- Counselling and Dharma teaching in the West by donation
- Visiting Jails/hospitals and teaching meditation
- Teaching Dharma/meditation in Drug and Alcohol rehab Centres (when volunteers are available)
KALYANAMITRA means spiritual friend. The Kalyanamitra fund is a socially engaged, grass roots Buddhist charity and spiritual group that embodies the Buddhist principles of peace, compassion and equality to try and transform individuals and society, to remove the roots of suffering and offer help to some of the most oppressed people in the world. The Fund was established in 2002.
KALYANAMITRA FUND
Social Work in India
Social Work in the West
(Known as Bhikshuni Bodhicitta in India)
Children from our malnourished children's food programme get one nourishing meal a day - 7,000 meals are served each year.
Young Girls Enjoying Temporary Ordination
FOOD PROGRAMME
Please
contact us:
moondakini@hotmail.com
Daily tuition classes continue to expand, and with study the slum children have the chance to gain better employment in the future and break out of poverty.
Bodhicitta Foundation's You Tube Documentary
Click here for Bodhicitta Foundation's Expenditure chart detailing how we use your donations.
SPONSORSHIP
Paintings by Ayya Yeshe of the spiritual and life of service can be commissioned for AU$650 in part to sponsor slum children.

Order 2015 calendars now!
Featuring inspiring and colourful images from Bodhicitta Foundation's work in India.
Contact Ayya Yeshe to order.
Only $25 plus $5 postage.
Order a "Dakini" CD
Professionally made chanting CDs with Ayya Yeshe and Indian world music group India Jiva.
Cost is $28 including postage.
Proceeds go to slum children. Contact Ayya Yeshe for CD orders
- Women's job training and community centre
- Tuition Centre for slum children (to help them get jobs and enhance their humanity and access to information)
- Malnourishment programme for slum children (1/3 of the world's malnourished children live in India)
- Counselling for poor and traumatized people / drug and alcohol / domestic violence victims
- Sponsorship for poor children to go to school
- Sponsorship for poor young people to go to university
- Accompanying poor and uneducated people to hospital and assisting with the cost of healthcare
- Women's empowerment through skills and psychological development
- Job training/placement
- Help with basic housing
- Spiritual teachings and meditation (which are very much needed in the often dark and oppressive environments of slums)
- Youth groups (to uplift youth, help them deal with depression, anger management, study pressure and help them grow into ethical and compassionate adults)
- Sunday schools for small slum children
- Sponsorship for monks and nuns
Sept '14 Newsletter
TALK: How to Care for the Community
Thurs 30th Oct 4pm at 21 Teaspoons Café, Wellington

TALK & CHANTING PERFORMANCE
Sat 1st Nov 2pm at Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo

WORKSHOP: Heal Your Heart
Sun 2nd Nov 2-5pm $30 at Pranayoga Centre, Bathurst

FUNDRAISING DINNER
Sun 2nd Nov 7pm $40 at Tamarin Indian Restaurant, Bathurst

For more information download Central West pdf here
Ayya Yeshe Tour Dates Aust. 2014
Help us build a
Girls' Hostel / Nunnery!
Click here
We now have 3 slum tuition centres with 75 children studying after school.
Two girls from our nuns study programme.
Our Annual Temporary Nuns Retreat!
STREET DOG RESCUE & CARE PROGRAMME
This year Bodhicitta Foundation has cared for 6 dogs with skin disease that made them lose all their hair. We took them to the vet, bathed them and gave them food and medicine. All dogs are now healthy.
We also rescued two puppies near death and rehoused them. This is not easy to do in India as many people can hardly feed themselves and rich people prefer pedigree dogs.
A puppy we rescued
Enjoy a day out with mouth watering food, trivia, inspiring stories of helping others, music and more. Your meal contribution could literally save a life. All proceeds will support Bodhicitta Foundation, a grassroots charity working with people from the poorest and most oppressed communities in India, for women’s empowerment, education, child health and human rights. Help us break the cycle of poverty.

Meet Australian Buddhist nun Ayya Yeshe who has spent 7 years living and working with slum people.

To Book your seat: Please pay via direct deposit and email your receipt no to moondakini@hotmail.com
‘Kalyanamitra Fund,’ Bendigo Bank, Strathfield Branch
Account no: 120204128 BSB: 633000,
For more information email us or call 0437784498
FUNDRAISING DINNER
Thurs 6th Nov 6.30-8.30pm @ Nara Thai & Uncle Raja's Curry House, Charlestown

MEDITATION & CHANTING WORKSHOPS
Sat 8th Nov 10am-12noon Talk and Chanting Performance $30
2-4pm Heal Your Heart Workshop $30 both at Organic Feast, East Maitland

MEDITATION & CHANTING WORKSHOP
Sun 9th Nov 2-4pm Heal your Heart Workshop @Newcastle Aikido, Hamilton, $30

For more information download Newcastle Events pdf here
Central West NSW Tour
Newcastle Area Events
We held a 'little nuns ordination' for young women to deepen their spiritual practice and have fun. Most of the day the children would study and learn meditation and in the evenings we took them to a park or boating (which is a chance slum children seldom get). Lets just say monastic life is looking more attractive now!
Sydney Event
EAT FOR AID
Bodhicitta Foundation Fundraising Lunch
3 Course Gourmet Indian Meal $55 pp
Sunday 12pm 26th October
@ Darbar Fine Indian Restaurant
134 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW

Featuring Sacred Chants with India Jiva and Ayya Yeshe
Ayya Yeshe giving toys and friendship in the slum in Nagpur.

Read the article "Nun of the Slum" by Kathy Graham which describes Ayya Yeshe's spiritual journey, rewarding work and colourful life!
SONGS FROM THE BOUNDLESS HEART OF KINDNESS

An Evening of Sacred Music, Photos and Inspiring Stories
from India and beyond

Come to this uplifting event and be inspired by sacred music and stories of social change and justice. An evening with one of Australia's most popular world music groups India Jiva and Ayya Yeshe, an Australian Buddhist nun who is the of 'Bodhicitta Foundation', a charity that works with slum women and children in India in the fields of employment, education and social justice.

This event is also organised with the kind help of Soul Kitchen and many other wonderful local groups in Aid of Bodhicitta Foundation to help continue their work with the poor and oppressed.

We will also have child-friendly events at Kindle Hill Steiner School. If you would like us to come to your school email: humbly listening@gmail.com

Uniting Church Hall, 142 Katoomba St,
Katoomba

Sat 15th Nov 6.30-8.30pm

$15 adults, $10 pensioners, $5 children
or $25 for a family pass
Blue Mountains Event