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“Just as a line drawn on water with a stick will quickly vanish and will not last long; even so, brahmins, is human life like a line drawn on water. It is short, limited, and brief; it is full of suffering. One should do good and live a pure life; for none who is born can escape death.”
~ The Buddha
AN 7:70

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About Us

The Bhavana Society was created to preserve the Theravada forest meditation tradition within the context of Western culture.

Our vision is as follows:

  To provide a forest monastery where ordained monastics can live while cultivating Sila (morality), Samadhi (concentration) and Panna (wisdom)

  To provide training to suitable lay candidates who are seeking ordination and to ordain those candidates at the end of the training period.

  To provide opportunities for monastics to become future Dhamma and meditation teachers.

  To offer organized meditation retreats on a regular basis to members of the society and to the general public.

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