Ayya Anandabodhi first encountered the Buddha’s teachings in her early teens, igniting a deep interest in the Buddha’s Path of Awakening. She lived and trained as a nun in the Forest Tradition at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries in England from 1992 until 2009, when she moved to the US to help establish Aloka Vihara, a training monastery for women, where she now resides.
Her practice and teaching are guided by early Buddhist scriptures and through nature’s pure and immediate Dhamma. In 2011 she took full Bhikkhuni Ordination, joining the growing number of women who are reclaiming this path given by the Buddha.
The Buddha encouraged us to reflect on the fact that death could come at any time. This sobering reflection, when used in the right way, brings sharpness and clarity as to what is important in our lives
This practice, one of the Four Protective Meditations, leads us to directly understand the true nature of the body. Through this understanding, the mind is released from desire and aversion and we can accept this body as part of nature, rather than "me" and "mine".