Religion Wiki


34,305pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk0 Share

Ayya is a Pali word, translated as "honourable" or "worthy" or "venerable lady." It is most commonly used as a veneration in addressing or referring to an ordained female Buddhist nun, most often of the Theravadin tradition in southeast Asia. Ayya can refer to either a bhikkhuni (fully-ordained and usually wearing orange or yellow robes in southeast Asia) or a samaneri (shramanerika) 10 precept novice renunciant or a sikkhamana (wearing white, brown or sometimes pink), but not to non-ordained precept holders.

Generally for bhikkhunis, robes would be maroon with yellow in Tibet; gray (for Mahayanans) or orange/yellow (for Theravadins) in Vietnam; gray in Korea; gray or black in China and Taiwan; black in Japan; orange or yellow in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Laos, Cambodia and Burma. The color of robes distinguishes both level of ordination and tradition, with white (usually worn by a male renunciant before ordination) or pink symbolising a state of ambiguity, being on the threshold of a decision, no longer secular and not yet monastic.

See also: Bhikkhuni ordination

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.

Also on Fandom

Random Wiki