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New Samaneris (Buddhist novice nun) during the Almsround (food begging) near Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. People from communities around the monastery feed the Bhikkhunis (female Buddhist monk) in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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01 May 2013

New Samaneris (Buddhist novice nun) finished the Almsround (food begging) near Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. People from communities around the monastery feed the Bhikkhunis (female Buddhist monk) in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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01 May 2013

In Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple that gathers fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960, new Samaneri (Buddhist novice nuns) washed up after lunch time in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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01 May 2013

In Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple that gathers fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960, new Samaneri (Buddhist novice nuns) left the canteen after lunch in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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Two Bhikkhunis (female buddhist monk) visited Ven. Dhammadarsa Bhikkhu (male buddhist monk) at Wat Plak Mai Lai, a forest monastery in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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01 May 2013

Two Bhikkhunis (female buddhist monk) supervise the ordination ceremony for new Samaneri (buddhist novice nun) at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkhuni (center) was the first Thai woman to receive full ordination as a Theravada nun in Dharmaguptaka lineage. Now she is Abbess at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

Panel shows Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, the first Thai woman to receive full ordination as a Theravada nun in Dharmaguptaka lineage. Now she is Abbess at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

Lay women wait for their ordination ceremony as Samaneri (buddhist novice nun), supervised by one of the Bhikkhunis (wearing a saffron robe) of the Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

Woman hugs relatives during her ordination as Samaneri at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, the first Thai woman to receive full ordination as a Theravada nun, cuts the hair of a woman during her ordination as Samaneri (buddhist novice nun) at the temple she runs near Bangkok.

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01 May 2013

Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkhuni (left) shaves a woman during her ordination ceremony as
Samaneri (buddhist novice nun) at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

Bhikkhunis (female buddhist monk) receive women during their ordination ceremony as Samaneri (buddhist novice nun), at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

Future Samaneris (novice nun) throws gifts to their families prior to their ordination, at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkhuni (center) was the first Thai woman to receive full ordination as a Theravada nun in Dharmaguptaka lineage. Now she is Abbess at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

New Samaneris (buddhist novice nun) leave the temple where they have just been ordained. Wat Songkdhammakalayani was the first monastery gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

New Samaneris (buddhist novice nun) show their saffron robes to their families just after receiving ordination, at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkhuni (center), the first Thai woman to receive full ordination as a Theravada nun, faced strong opposition from Sangha (buddhist clergy). However some buddhist monks expressed their support attending to the ordination ceremony of new Samaneris hold in April 2013 at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

Three Bhikkhunis (female buddhist monk) at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

Bhikkhunis (female buddhist monk) and Samaneri (buddhist novice nun) praying at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

New Samaneri (buddhist novice nun) praying at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

New Samaneri (buddhist novice nun) after prayer at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

New Samaneri (buddhist novice nun) after prayer at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

New Samaneri (buddhist novice nun) after prayer at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkhuni (left) receiving the family of a Samaneri (buddhist novice nun) during a donation ceremony. Dhammananda was the first Thai woman to receive full ordination as a Theravada nun. Now she is Abbess at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

Relatives of new Samaneris (buddhist novice nun) serve food during lunch time at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. . Buddhist religious are supposed to eat twice a day and never after noon.

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01 May 2013

Two Bhikkhunis (female buddhist monk) on their way to their dorms at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

New Samaneris (buddhist novice nun) receive lecture after being ordained from Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, the first Thai woman being fully ordained as a Theravada nun, hold at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
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01 May 2013

Two new Samaneris (buddhist novice nun), under supervision of a buddhist nun (left) receive lecture at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
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01 May 2013

Picture of Voramai Kabilsingh, Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkhuni's mother. Voramai was the first Thai woman to be fully ordained as a bhikkhuni in the Mahayana tradition. This lineage differs from Theravada doctrine, practiced in Thailand.

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01 May 2013

A Bhikkhuni (female buddhist monk) observes two new Samaneris (buddhist novice nun), at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960.

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01 May 2013

Two new Samaneris (Buddhist novice nun) enter a lecturing room at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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01 May 2013

New Samaneris (Buddhist novice nun) learn head massage techniques during their ordination training at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960, in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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01 May 2013

Samaneri Dhammacetana, from South Africa, playing around with a dog at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. She is the only foreign nun living permanently at the monastery. Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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01 May 2013

New Samaneris (buddhist novice nun) during a community work session at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. This kind of activity aims to place every nun at the same level, regardless of their prior education or training. Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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01 May 2013

New Samaneris (buddhist novice nun) during a community work session at Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. This kind of activity aims to place every nun at the same level, regardless of their prior education or training. Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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01 May 2013

One Samaneri (Buddhist novice nun) and one Bhikkhuni (female Buddhist monk) during the Almsround (food begging) near Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960, in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
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01 May 2013

One Samaneri (Buddhist novice nun) during the Almsround (food begging) near Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. People from communities around the monastery feed the Bhikkhunis (female Buddhist monk) in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
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01 May 2013

One Samaneri (Buddhist novice nun) and two volunteers gather food during the Almsround (food begging) near Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. People from communities around the monastery feed the Bhikkhunis (female Buddhist monk) in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.

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Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
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01 May 2013

New Samaneris (Buddhist novice nun) during the Almsround (food begging) near Wat Songkdhammakalayani, the first temple gathering fully ordained nuns in Thailand since 1960. People from communities around the monastery feed the Bhikkhunis (female Buddhist monk) in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. May 2013.