An inspiring evening with Ven. Ayya Santinī

An inspiring evening with Ven. Ayya Santinī

‘We demolish desires for material gains in order to develop wholesome spiritual values,’ – Ayya Santinī.

Report by Gan Bee Ching.

On Monday 2 June, devotees had an inspiring evening listening to Ayya Santinī’s Dhamma talk during her three-day visit to Nalanda.  Ayya used the ongoing renovations at Nalanda Centre as an analogy for one’s spiritual journey.  The space (in our hearts) which was previously occupied for material gains is presently demolished, making room for spiritual activities in the future.

Similarly, unwholesome states of mind that were previously present can be destroyed and replaced with spiritual values.  Ayya explained the importance of guarding one’s thoughts, speech and conduct to develop wholesomeness; and cautioned against the making of a greater fool through engaging in unwholesome activities.

Sis. Nandinī Tan leading the devotees in chanting before Ayya Santinī's Dhamma talk.

It is very rare to have the opportunity to listen to a bhikkhuni-preacher.  We thank Ayya Santinī for the insightful talk and rejoice in the presence of a wise teacher.  May Ayya be blessed with good health and much peace!  Sadhu anumodana.


“Ayya” is Pāli word meaning ‘Venerable Madam’, and is often used in addressing female renunciates/nuns.