Events

The Therigatha Festival connects you to amazing events hosted by a wide variety of organizations from all around the world. Remember to check YOUR timezone for events listed here.

To catch up on past events and watch pre-recorded videos, check out our Youtube Channel.


Monday May 3

  • Episode 1 of Finding Sanctuary. Ayya Vimalanyani is joined by Ayya Yeshe to discuss Therigatha verse 1.1 by an unknown bhikkhuni. Watch here.

Tuesday May 4

  • Episode 2 of Finding Sanctuary. Ayya Vimalanyani is joined by Ayya Yeshe, to discuss Therigatha verse 1.7 by Vira Theri. Watch here.

Wednesday May 5

  • Episode 3 of Finding Sanctuary. Ayya Vimalanyani is joined by Ayya Soma to discuss Therigatha verse 1.11 by Mutta Theri. Watch here.

Thursday May 6

  • Episode 4 of Finding Sanctuary. Ayya Vimalanyani is joined by Anagarika Sabbamitta to discuss Therigatha verse 1.17 by Dhamma Theri. Watch here.

Friday May 7


  • Episode 5 of Finding Sanctuary. Ayya Vimalanyani is joined by Ayya Soma to discuss Therigatha verse 3.1 by Sama Theri. Watch here.
  • Translating the Theris. Bhante Sujato is interviewed by his student Bhante Akaliko about the task of translating the Therigatha and what we can learn from the lives of the early bhikkhunis.
    May 7th 7pm AEST. Join with Jitsi.

Saturday May 8

  • Episode 6 of Finding Sanctuary. Ayya Vimalanyani is joined by Ayya Munissara to discuss Therigatha verse 3.4 by Dantika Theri. Watch here.
  • Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Community presents Shattering the Mass of Darkness, a live reading and discussion of the Therigatha poems by Rainbodhi friends from around the world.
    May 8th 9am AEST (UTC+10)
    To receive online session details register here
  • Ayya Sudhamma Shares A Favorite Poem. 30 min silent meditation, 45 min dhamma talk, 40 min Q&A.
    May 8th 2pm-4.00pm EDT. Registration required, sign up here.

Sunday May 9

  • Episode 7 of Finding Sanctuary. Ayya Vimalanyani is joined by Ayya Munissara, to discuss Therigatha verse 3.2 by Uttama Theri. Watch here.
  • The Power of the Therigatha. Finding Sanctuary co-organiser Ayya Vimalanyani interviews Ayya Sudhamma about her long history of studying and teaching the Therigatha. Ayya Sudhamma speaks about the transformative power of the poems, her inspiration, and the internal struggles she went through during the recent literary scandal. Watch here.

Monday May 10

  • Episode 8 of Finding Sanctuary. Ayya Vimalanyani is joined by Anagarika Sabbamitta to discuss Therigatha verse 3.7 by Sela Theri. Watch Part 1 here.

Tuesday May 11

  • Episode 9 of Finding Sanctuary. Ayya Vimalanyani is joined by Anagarika Sabbamitta to discuss Therigatha verse 3.7 by Sela Theri. Watch Part 2 here.

Wednesday May 12

  • Episode 10 of Finding Sanctuary. Ayya Vimalanyani is joined by Ayya Yeshe, to discuss Therigatha verse 5.3 by Siha Theri. Watch here.
  • Soma Theri. Bhante Suddhaso from Empty Cloud Monastery in New Jersey talks about Therigatha verse 3.8 by Soma Theri, followed by Q&A.
    May 12th 8am-9am EDT. Watch live on Buddhist Insight’s YouTube channel.

Thursday May 13

  • Episode 11 of Finding Sanctuary. Ayya Vimalanyani is joined by Anagarika Sabbamitta, to discuss Therigatha verse 5.9 by Bhadda Kundalakesa Theri. Watch here.
  • Patacara Theri’s 30 Students. Ayya Suvijjana talks about Therigatha verse 5.11 by Patacara Theri’s 30 Students, followed by Q&A.
    May 13th 8am-9am EDT. Watch live on Buddhist Insight’s YouTube channel.

Friday May 14

  • Episode 12 of Finding Sanctuary. Ayya Vimalanyani is joined by Ayya Soma, to discuss Therigatha verse 6.3 by Khema Theri. Watch here.
  • Isidasi Theri. Ayya Soma from Empty Cloud Monastery in New Jersey talks about Therigatha verse 15.1 by Isidasi Theri, followed by Q&A.
    May 14th 8am-9am EDT. Watch live on Buddhist Insight’s YouTube channel.

Saturday May 15

  • Episode 13 of Finding Sanctuary. Ayya Vimalanyani is joined by Ayya Munissara, to discuss Therigatha verse 9.1 by Vaddhamata Theri. Watch here.

Sunday, May 16

  • Finding Sanctuary Panel Discussion. The finale of the festival, an online panel discussion featuring all the guest speakers from Finding Sanctuary. This is your chance to ask questions about the poems and themes covered in the series.
    May 16th 8pm-9.30pm AEST (GMT+10).
    Registration is essential, get your free ticket here.

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