The Sanskrit term Vihara refers to a secluded refuge where itinerant monks can rest, be fed and reflect. The earliest Viharas were comprised of small dwellings for monks who had no permanent home. Over the centuries, Viharas evolved to become permanent monasteries and educational centers created by wealthy lay adherents. The great university of Nalanda was originally a Vihara.
Dharmata Foundation, In accordance with this ancient tradition, has been seeking a Vihara, a place of “dwelling” where people can come together to deepen their spiritual practice. Such a place will be conducive to the offering of enlightened teachings, for both group and solitary retreats. We picture a setting and supportive on-site Dharma community solely dedicated to Sambodhi, inner awakening, through the path of the Buddha. The Dharmata Vihara will become the basis of a residential Dharma community supporting the ongoing operations of the retreat center and living a lifestyle based on enlightened guidelines. Thus, it will support the attainment of inner awakening.
As in the past, monasteries and Dharma centers have depended on the help of others, we likewise ask for your support to manifest the vision of this retreat center. We are grateful for your generosity and all forms of assistance.