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Dhammadharini Vihara

Dhammadharini Vihara
Centre description
The Dhammadharini Vihara closed its doors in April of 2009, with our women's monastic community's move to the Bodhi House and the development of our Aranya Bodhi Awakening Forest Hermitage project. The website linked to here contains new Bodhi House information. Until closing,the Vihara was a women's monastic residence for bhikkhunis, samaneris, and anagarikas living, training in and teaching Theravadan Buddhism. Lay women were also welcome to visit for periods of retreat depending on schedule/availabilty. Most of the activities and services of Dhammadharini Vihara listed here continue on at the Bodhi House.
Dharmic activities
The Vihara offered periodic Insight Meditation classes, personal meditation instruction and Buddhist life counseling, a weekly Dhamma Gathering as well as New and Full Moon overnight meditation programs at nearby Thai temple Wat Buddhanusorn, and public teachings at nearby Dhamma Centers and groups. Vihara representative attended and participated in the yearly Western Buddhist Monastic Gatherings, in the International Congress on Buddhist Women, the Sakyadhita Conference and the Alliance for Bhikkhunis in support of Buddhist women and the revival of the Theravadan Bhikkhuni Sangha. Dhammadharini's most recent activity was the beginning of a rustic forest tradition-inspired women's monastic retreat - Aranya Bodhi: Awakening Forest Hermitage - on more than 100 acres of mountain forest land offered on the Sonoma Coast.
Community service
Monastic representatives from Dhammadharini Vihara participated in Monastic Interreligious Dialogue between Buddhist and Christian monastics, in their local Tri-Cities Interfaith Council which offers an annual Interfaith Thanksgiving event as well as other programs and in the New Year's International Prayer for Peace. Additionally, when requested, monastics spoke at local high school's, colleges' and university's World Religions and Comparative Religions courses as well as at UC Berkely's Graduate Theological Union. Monastics are also on call for Buddhist chaplaincy at local hospital systems such as Kaiser Permanente as well as offering pastoral care when requested to friends at times of illness and death. Both memorial services and special life blessings were offered at the Vihara. Supplies offered beyond the needs of the Vihara were shared with the community or the Tri-Cities Homeless Shelter and additional foods were contributed to the daily meal distribution for the homeless at nearby Corpus Christi.
Established 2005
Founder Ayya Tathaaloka Bhikkhuni
Lineage Theravada
Affiliation Theravada Bhikkhuni Sangha
Lineage holder / Director The Senior Monastic Advisors of the North American Bhikkhuni Association
Centre teacher(s) Ayya Tathaaloka Theri, Ayya Sudinna Bhikkhuni, Ayya Sudhamma Bhikkhuni, Ayya Gunasari Bhikkhuni, Ayya Sobhana Bhikkhuni
Members & Friends 250   1 registered  
Language(s) English and periodically Sinhalese, Thai & Burmese
Where on earth is Dhammadharini Vihara?
Dhammadharini Vihara
37959 Essanay Place
Fremont California
USA 94536
Contact Ayya Tathaaloka Bhikkhuni
Tel (510) 791-2331
Email tathaaloka@msn.com
WWW groups.google.com/group/dhammadharini
Update 2009-10-01
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