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Mahapajapati Monastery is a meditation monastery for women dedicated to living the Buddha’s teachings. We are a monastic and contemplative community in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, and as such, we value both solitude and social harmony. We invite you to share in our simple, quiet life of practice and study.

The monastery is in Pioneertown, California, on eighty acres of high desert in the southern part of the state. Founded in 2007 by Therese Duchesne, Mahapajapati Monastery was under the guidance of Ayya Gunasari as invited abbess until 2020, and Ayya Ñāņadīpa since 2023.

May all beings be well and happy!

With Metta,
Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha


  • Mahapajapati Foundation Announcement
    Dear Mahāpajāpati Dhamma Friends, We have good news! After consultation with the elder bhikkhus, the bhikkhunī Sanghas, and the Mahāpajāpati community, and after meeting with the Board members.  we have made the decision to keep the Mahāpajāpati Foundation intact.  This is in honor of Mahāpajāpati, the aunt of the Buddha.  This is also in honor of Ayya Gunasari,…
  • Welcome To 2023
    Dear Dhamma Friends of Mahāpajāpati ! Welcome to all! My name is Ayya Ñāņadīpa, the new Abbess of Mahāpajāpati Foundation. As we start 2023, I would like to wish you, your family members, relatives and friends a healthy, happy and prosperous new year. May the power of the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha protect…

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