The temple was built in 1960 by Ven.Bhikkhuni Voramai Kabilsingh who received her higher ordination from Sung San Temple in Taipei, Taiwan. The activities of the temple dealt with publications, bringing out Buddhist books to educate the mass and social welfare.

The Venerable was bedridden and became inactive for the past 10 years. Prof.Dr.Chatsumarn Kabilsingh, her daughter, continued her work by leading the Sunday offering and meditation, but other activities were limited.
              In 2000 Dr.Chatsumarn Kabilsingh committed her life to bodhisattva’s path, taking bodhisattva’s precepts from Taiwan as an initiation.

   In 2001 Dr Chatsumarn Kabilsingh gave up her lay life, and received lower ordination from the Sri Lankan Sangha, hence became the first Theravada Samaneri in Thailand. She is now known as Ven.Samaneri Dhammananda but officially still Ven.Chatsumarn Kabilsingh.
          Since her ordination, the temple suddenly became alive and active again. Three more rai of land were offered by her sons to make an adjoining dhamma garden to enhance the temple and provide the temple with more natural space with newly planted trees and a lotus pond.


       Songdhammakalyani Temple, means the temple of women who uphold dhamma, is situated on Petkasem Hwy, km.52-53 west of Bangkok, just before the proper Nakhonpathom province. Petkasem is a major highway leading west before turning down south, and could continue on to Kuala Lumpur.


       In front of the temple there is a golden laughing Buddha, built some 20 years ago, according to the Ven.Grandmother (Voramai Kabilsingh) “the smiling face of the future Buddha should lessen the unwholesome thought in the mind of the people who see him.”


      The temple is under the Buddhasavika Foundation, a legal body consisiting of committee members who take care of both the activities of the temple and other functions related to it.


     The Ven.Dhammananda writes regularly both academic papers and articles for magazines. She has more than 40 books and translations to her name. Some of the better known books in English are

  • A Comparative Study of the Bhikkhuni

  • Patimokkha Buddhism and Nature Conservation

  • Thai Women and Buddhism

  • Women and Buddhism

  • The Bhikkhuni Patimokkha of the six existing schools

          There are also many interviews in English before and after her ordination. Recent issue of Eastern Horizon also carries her interview.
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