On the recess of the River Buddha Vihara
All have been accompanying the work of the re-emergence of our Buddhist Society of Brazil, the work undertaken by the group of volunteers, practitioners and supporters to make the propitious seat to receive again the Theravada monastic Sangha in Brazil. The work has been great, rewarding and sometimes tiresome, but with the feeling of treading the good path, the path of the Dhamma of the Buddha.
With the passage of time, and with the accomplishment of the several steps involved in this enterprise, we were realizing that some characteristics inseparable from the urban environment could overrule our planning. Rio de Janeiro is an attractive place, it discloses itself and reserves its beauties, some views from above at our headquarters, but also carries its characteristics less inviting to the installation of a Theravada de Floresta monastery. Not surprisingly, the State has faced serious difficulties in maintaining its various services, functions and obligations, notably in the area of public security.
In view of the current situation and thinking ahead of our project, we decided to put into practice the dream of building the monastery in a place more suited to its function: that is, finding a place in the countryside and building a forest monastery, more Away from the big city, where the monks can live in community and the laity can visit and take retreat periods.
In this way, we wish to reserve a peaceful and forest-oriented environment. Within this perspective, and imbued with the attention it deserves, the thirst of Santa Teresa will remain closed and its activities suspended until after the Carnival. We will use this time to evaluate our next steps, with the dedication that the group of volunteers always directed to the institution. We will be available through the channels of always - site, Facebook group, email - to offer support to the practice and answer any questions that may arise.
We will resume activities on Sunday at 10am in the month of March, we will soon announce location and day more accurately.
And between February 17 and 23, VENERABLE RAHULA will be in Rio de Janeiro and will offer activities in public places - keep an eye out to keep informed!
Let us go forward, renewing faith in the three jewels - Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha.
May you be well, happy and peaceful.
Buddhist Society of Brazil