Aggasāvikā Bhikkhunī
The Great Nun Disciples

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Edited & Translated by Ānandajoti Bhikkhu

 

Rattaññūnaṁ Bhikkhunīnaṁ, Gotamī Jinamātuchā
Gotamī, the Buddha's step-mother, amongst those Nuns of long standing

Ṭhapitā aggaṭṭhānamhi, sadā sotthiṁ karotu no! [1]
Is placed in the first position, (through that) may we always be safe!

 

Mahā paññānam-aggaṭṭhā Khemātherī ti pākaṭā,
The first amongst those of great wisdom is the renowned elder Khemā,

Sāvikā Buddhaseṭṭhassa sadā sotthiṁ karotu no! [2]
Disciple of the excellent Buddha, may we always be safe!

 

Therī Uppalavaṇṇā ca iddhimantīnam-uttamā
The elder Uppalavaṇṇā is supreme amongst those with power

Sāvikā Buddhaseṭṭhassa sadā sotthiṁ karotu no! [3]
Disciple of the excellent Buddha, may we always be safe!

 

Vinayadhārīnam-aggā Paṭācārā-ti vissutā,
Amongst those who uphold Discipline, first is the famous Paṭācārā,

Ṭhapitā aggaṭṭhānamhi, sadā sotthiṁ karotu no! [4]
Who is placed in first position, (through that) may we always be safe!

 

Dhammakathikānaṁ pavarā Dhammadinnā-ti nāmikā
Amongst those who speak on Dhamma, the noble one called Dhammadinnā

Ṭhapitā aggaṭṭhānamhi, sadā sotthiṁ karotu no! [5]
Is placed in the first position, (through that) may we always be safe!

 

Jhāyikānaṁ bhikkhunīnam Nandā Therī ti nāma sā
Amongst those who attain absorption, the Elder called Nandā

Aggaṭṭhānāthitā āhu, sadā sotthiṁ karotu no! [6]
Is said to hold first position, (through that) may we always be safe!

 

Āraddhaviriyānaṁ aggā Soṇā Therī ti nāmikā
Amongst those who stir up energy, the Elder called Soṇā is first

Ṭhapitā tattha ṭhānamhi, sadā sotthiṁ karotu no! [7]
(She) is placed in that position, (through that) may we always be safe!

 

Dibbacakkhukānam-aggā Sakulā iti vissutā,
Amongst those with Divine-Eyes, the famous Sakulā is the first,

Visuddhanayanā sā pi, sadā sotthiṁ karotu no! [8]
She who has purified her eyes, (through that) may we always be safe!

 

Kuṇḍalakesī Bhikkhunī khippābhiññānam-uttamā,
The Nun Kuṇḍalakesī is supreme 'mongst those with quick knowledge,

Ṭhapitā yeva ṭhānamhi sadā sotthiṁ karotu no! [9]
(She is) placed in first position, (through that) may we always be safe!

 

Therī Bhaddā Kapilānī pubbajātīnam-anussarī
The elder Bhaddā Kapilā, amongst those who recall past lives,

Tāsaṁ yeva Bhikkhunīnaṁ, sadā sotthiṁ karotu no! [10]
(Is the first) amongst (all) those Nuns, (through that) may we always be safe!

 

Therī tu Bhaddā Kaccānā mahābhiññānam-uttamā
The elder Bhaddā Kaccānā is supreme amongst those with deep knowledge

Jinena sukhadukkhaṁ sā, sadā sotthiṁ karotu no! [11]
Through conquering pleasure and pain, (through that) may we always be safe!

 

Lūkhacīvaradhārīnaṁ aggā Kisā pi Gotamī,
Amongst those who wear rough robes the first is (called) Kisā Gotamī,

Ṭhapitā aggaṭṭhānamhi sadā sotthiṁ karotu no! [12]
(She) is placed in first position, (through that) may we always be safe!

 

Sigālamātā Bhikkhunī saddhādhimuttānam-uttamā,
The Nun Sigāla's Mother is supreme amongst the faith-released,

Karotu no mahāsantiṁ, ārogyañ-ca sukhaṁ sadā! [13]
(Through that) may we have great peace, good health and happiness forever!

 

Aññā Bhikkhuniyo sabbā nānāguṇadharā bahū,
Of the other Nuns they all had many and quite diverse virtues,

Pālentu no sabbabhayā sokarogādisambhavā, [14]
They protect us from all fears, grief and disease that has arisen,

 

Sotapannādayo sekkhā saddhāpaññāsīlādikā,
Those in training, having faith, wisdom, virtue and so forth, beginning with Stream-Enterers,

Bhāgaso kilesadahanā sadā sotthiṁ karotu no! [15]
Have burned a portion of their defilements, (through that) may we always be safe!