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"Mindfulness, the aware, balanced acceptance of present experience, is at the heart of what the Buddha taught.”
—Sylvia Boorstein

Ayya Yeshe

Ayya Yeshe Bodhicitta ordained as a nun in 2001 at the age of 23. She discovered Buddhism while traveling in Nepal and India at the age of 17 on a search for the meaning of life. Following a year of study and practice in monasteries, she returned to Australia and helped run a Buddhist Centre in Sydney and trained with her teacher Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe for five years.

Returning to India in 2004, Venerable Yeshe studied for two years in a monastery, but felt a need to make Buddhism accessible and socially engaged, while 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 (Harper Collins) and is featured in the documentaries "life beyond the begging bowl" and "Through the Eastern Gate." She also made a Buddhist chanting CD with one of Australia's top world music groups, India Jiva, titled "Dakini."



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