„Bhikkhunī. Buddhism, Sri Lanka, revolution” is a documentary film about the revival of women’s ordination in the Theravāda Buddhism.
Shortly after the Enlightenment, the Buddha said: „I shall not come to my final passing away, until my bhikkhus and bhikkhunīs, laymen and laywomen, have come to be true disciples…” Even though the Buddha established the Bhikkhunī monastery, the line of female ordination in the Theravāda tradition died out in the 11th century. Since then, it is believed that nuns can’t be ordained anymore.
The „Bhikkhunī. Buddhism, Sri Lanka, revolution” documentary presents a story of women who in order to implement the Buddha’s teachings, but against the opinion of the monks’ Saṅgha, have become fully ordained Bhikkhunīs, Buddhist nuns in the Theravāda tradition. The film protagonists are Bhikkhunī Kusuma (ordained in 1996), Bhikkhunī Dhammananda (ordained in 2003), Bhikkhunī Gautami (ordained in 2016) – the first in their countries’ modern history fully ordained nuns.