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.
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
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…
One of our
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
Bodhicitta Foundation's You Tube Documentary
Click here for Bodhicitta Foundation's Expenditure chart
detailing how we use your donations.
Children from Nagpur marching to
end world hunger.
Paintings by Ayya
Yeshe of the spiritual
and life of service can
be commissioned for
AU$650 in part to
sponsor slum children.
Order 2014 calendars
Featuring inspiring and colourful
images from Bodhicitta
Foundation's work in India.
Contact Ayya Yeshe to order.
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
- Sunday schools for small slum children
- Sponsorship for monks and nuns
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!