Saturday 14th September
Bhikkhuni Santussika
Transcending Five Fears

Dhamma Talk and Meditation 
at the INDUS Rest. Suk. 26

This September we are happy to host special guest Bhikkhuni Santussika for a dharma talk and meditation kindly hosted by the Indus Restaurant. It’s always good to show our support for the new Bhikkhuni Sangha here in Thailand, and to benefit from the fresh perspective on Dhamma and meditaiton.

The event is free of charge and there is no need to book.

After lunch we will be taking her to the Dhamma oasis of Mae Chee Sansanee called Sathira Dhammasatarn (posted separately) in Minburi, about 1 hour from Bangkok. All are welcome to join this day trip out.


  • 9:30 gather at the Indus (map below)
  • 9:45 dharma talk on Transcending Five Fears
  • 10:30 thirty minute silent meditation
  • 11:00 Questions, comments
  • 11:30 food offering to the ordained Sangha
  • 11:35 finish

After the event if you are joining the day trip out, you are welcome to hang around at the Indus – it is a beautiful venue. They have good coffee, lassi, or Brunch menu.

About the Topic

Transcending Five Fears: based on the Buddha’s teachings in the Aṅguttara Nikāya on developing four powers and transcending five fears as found in AN 9:5, AN 8:24, and AN 5:101. Have you ever been afraid of losing your livelihood? of disrepute? of being timid or fearful in public? Have you ever been afraid of dying? or of what might happen after you die?

Relying on the Buddha’s teachings in these suttas is a basis for how to live and a way that we transcend these fears.Sustaining favorable relationships and what that might mean in terms of developing community particularly interesting.

Bhikkhuni Santussika


Bhikkhuni Santussika was born in the United States, near Chicago.  She moved to California in 1987 after finishing a master’s degree in computer science at Indiana University. She worked as a software designer and engineer for 15 years, during which time her search for deeper meaning and greater happiness brought her to train as a minister.

During the four-year interfaith seminary program which led to a Master of Divinity degree, awarded in 2002, she also began visiting Buddhist monasteries in America and Asia, and learning from master teachers, particularly in Thailand. In America, she spent as much time as she could at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, looking to Ajahn Passano has her teacher. In Thailand, she spent time at the monasteries where her son was living as a Bhikkhu: Wat Pah Nanachat, Wat Marp Jan, Wat Boonyawad and Wat Pa Baan Taad. She ordained as an eight-precept nun in 2005 and trained at Amaravati and Chithurst Buddhist Monasteries in England, and at Aloka Vihara in San Francisco. She ordained as a samaneri (ten-precept nun) in 2010 and received full ordination as a bhikkhuni in 2012 at Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara in Los Angeles. Currently, she lives and teaches at Karuna Buddhist Vihara in Millbrae, California ( She also lectures, teaches retreats, and offers spiritual counseling outside the monastery upon request. She serves on the Board for Buddhist Global Relief (, a charitable organization focused on relieving chronic hunger and malnutrition and their causes. Before becoming a Buddhist nun, Ayya Santussika raised two children, a son and a daughter, mostly as a single mom.


The Indus Restaurant [website]
#71, Sukhumvit Soi 26
Go to Phrom Phong BTS Station
Walk along Soi 26 for 700 meters (takes 6-8 minutes walking)




One reply on “Bhikkhuni Santussika at the INDUS 14/9/13”

  1. Please give my best regards to Bhikkuni Santussika. I am happy to say I have known her since she was a laywoman. She leads a commendable life. A fine example for all of us.

    Those who have the opportunity to attend the gathering will be happy to meet her.

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