Vietnamese Buddhist temple.
The meditation centre in Latvia is a result of inspiration and experience we have got at Pa-Auk Forest Monastery in Burma (Myanmar). The place for the center was blessed by Venerable U Acinna Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw during his visit in Latvia in 2009.
Once a year Steve and Rosemary Weismann visit Europe to teach two retreats - one in Germany and one in Switzerland.
Rosemary Weissman (b. 1952) and Steve Weissman (b. 1949) have been practicing meditation since 1972, and have received instruction from many of the leading Buddhist meditation teachers of Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, India, Australia, England and the United States.
They traveled to Thailand in 1979 and had the good fortune of being able to visit and practice with many famous Thai meditation teachers. It was during this trip that they were greatly influenced by one teacher who stressed the importance of having compassion, not only for others but also to have compassion for themselves.
In 1987, they were requested to teach at Wat Kow Tahm in Southern Thailand, and founded the International Meditation Retreat program in 1988. Since then, over 8,000 people from over 85 countries have participated in their retreats.
After 25 years in Thailand, they returned to Australia to live. Periodically, they teach in Australia and also travel to Europe & Singapore to teach retreats and/or workshops. They are authors of “…with Compassionate Understanding”, “Meditation, Compassion and Lovingkindness” and “Wise Reflection”, available worldwide.
Stressed highly among Steve and Rosemary’s teaching is the development of compassionate understanding.
Buddha Bodhivana Monastery is a branch monastery of the late Phra Bodhinyana Thera (Venerable Ajahn Chah b.1918 d.1992), the well-known and respected north-east Thai Meditation Master. Venerable Ajahn Kalyano is the Abbot of the monastery and resident teacher.
Buddha Bodhivana Monastery is primarily a training monastery for Buddhist monks (bhikkhus), novices (samaneras) and postulants (anagarikas), but it also provides a supportive environment in which individuals, families, visitors and residents are given the opportunity to be in contact with the principles of the Buddha’s teachings and to cultivate those same qualities in their own lives. The monastery is a place to study, practice and cultivate the central elements of the Buddha’s Path: generosity, virtue, mental cultivation, wisdom, and compassion.
The Temple of the Victory of Truth
Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara was founded on April 20, 1980. The main support for the Vihara came from a group of Sri Lankan Buddhists. Since its inception, the Vihara has been maintained by Sri Lankan, other Asian and Western Buddhists, plus non-Buddhist friends of diverse national and cultural backgrounds. Local American and Asian communities continue to support the Vihara. Venerable monks from Sri Lanka conduct the day-to-day activities and render guidance for those seeking the services of the Vihara.
Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara promotes the Theravada tradition of Buddhism found primarily in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia. The Theravada tradition is the oldest and most authentic version of the Buddha’s teachings now surviving. It preserves intact the original doctrines and practices taught by the Buddha 2600 years ago.