Sister Jotika Hermsen


Sister Jotika Hermsen of the Netherlands shares the Dhamma of love, joy, compassion and hope on TV, radio and at her temple in Amsterdam . A Christian nun of 25 years and professor of Women’s Studies, Sister Jotika ordained as a Buddhist Samaneri after meeting Bhikkhu Mettavihari.

Sister Jotika travels regularly to Myanmar and is a recognized meditation master. She is also the Abbess of Amsterdam’s Buddhavihara Temple , a position which she has enjoyed for the past 12 years. Her efforts to propagate Buddhism in the Netherlands are well recognized by the Dutch Buddhist community, and she is a real pioneering Theravada Buddhist nun, wise, insightful and spry for a woman in her 70s.

Sister Jotika is dearly beloved as her follower writes, “I hardly ever met an important woman, who is so humble, kind, with a soft gentle voice and endless patience with all the people who have come and still come to consult her.”

Amidst the allures of city life in Amsterdam , Sister Jotika offers Buddhist meditation and wise counsel particularly for women of high position in society. Her commitment to women is long-standing.

Sister Jotika is currently training Dutch vipassana meditation teachers.