Deep in the heart of America, amongst the rolling hills and forests of the
Ozarks, we humbly welcome you to the newest and rarest experience with Basic
Buddhism here in America. Here, beyond the cacophonous existence and
stress-filled routines of the mainstream society, Venerable Bhante U Vimalaramsi
has come to teach Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation and (Metta) Loving Kindness
Meditation in a manner you will be delighted you tried! In a beautiful forest
retreat setting, we offer a unique opportunity for you to practice your
meditation with a teacher whose clear understanding of the Pali Suttas is
expressed in concise and easily grasped English.
We are honored to invite you to come to the land that will be known as Jeta's
Grove and to Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center located in Iron County, MO just
outside of Ironton, MO. This is a different type of Buddhist experience than
most you may find here in the States. Studying meditation here you may discover,
for the first time, the usefulness of meditation in today's fast moving modern
world, or deepen an already established personal practice by continuing it
throughout each day, even when off the pillow!
In Pali, Dhamma Sukha means "Happy Teachings". By visiting us, listening to some
of our talks, and developing a meditation practice, we hope you will find more
joy and happiness in you life. Our teacher, Bhante Vimalaramsi
is an American
Buddhist Monk teaching Metta Vipassana or sometimes called Tranquil Wisdom
Meditation using the directions given in the Pali Suttas. U Vimalaramsi is the
author of a book called "The Anapanasati Sutta: A guide to Mindfulness of
Breathing and Tranquil Wisdom Meditation"
that has now been translated into five
languages we know of including Russian, Dutch, Korean and English. Sections of
the book have also been translated into Spanish for teaching meditation. A
combined approach of study is used to practice meditation, listen to Dhamma
talks from the suttas, and then use contemplations to conclude insights.
Eventually, after some time, one reads for oneself the suttas and the meaning
comes alive and crystal clear. The practice never becomes boring in this way and
will become easier and more fulfilling each time one goes to the cushion to see
what happens next. We invite you to experience Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center
Please join us.
Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center’s mission is to preserve and teach original
Buddhist Tranquil Wisdom Meditation as found in the earliest Buddhist texts.
The Center hopes to foster a deepening personal spiritual meditation practice
following the precise instruction the Buddha left us and to bring peace and
tranquility into our daily lives. We seek compassionate community engagement
through understanding clearly the true nature of our experience in this
existence. We serve others by the development of this location for the deepest
work supporting the greater Sangha at large. Our center strives to create a
supportive environment for meditation, Buddhist studies, research and writing
for monastics and lay persons with an opportunity for compassionate service and
charity work for the community at large. Jeta’s Grove seeks to create an island
of tranquility for all.
More about Jeta’s Grove & Dhamma Sukha Meditation Study Center. Our purpose is
to preserve and teach Buddhist Tranquil Wisdom Meditation as found in the
earliest texts. This includes Breathing and Loving Kindness Meditation and
understanding clearly the Buddha Dhamma. The center strives to provide a support
structure and guidance for those wishing to live the Buddhist 8-Fold Path in the
noblest form. To this end, the Buddha's teachings are clearly taught by
facilitating a weekly meditation sitting and Dhamma talk, weekend retreats,
private retreats and periodic supportive events with our resident teacher,
Venerable Sayadaw Gyi U Vimalaramsi (Bhante Vimala) and the free distribution of
books, tapes and CDs.
The center also supports guest monastics from various traditions who wish to
learn to present Meditation in clear English or just pursue extended retreat
periods of from 3 months to one year, under the supervision of a master teacher.
Training for lay persons is available towards ordination in the form of 1-4 year
programs or a program with the goal of teaching meditation as a lay person.
Tranquil Wisdom Meditation is found in the original Buddhist Pali texts
carefully preserved by the Theravadian tradition including specific lessons on
meditation, called Suttas, that the Buddha originally taught his disciples.
People from all religious traditions can benefit greatly from this meditation
training and are welcome to participate in our events and to learn about Peace
through understanding the true nature of things as they truly are in this life
experience, which is at the heart of the Buddhist teachings.
Because we see the Buddha’s teachings as priceless, our center follows the
tradition of not charging fees for events and instead the events are supported
solely by individuals’ contributions (dana). The goal is kept to receive the
amount needed for covering operations costs only.
Our center is supported solely through such contributions and the pledges and
kindnesses of students and supporters of the Dhamma.
*** We are a Missouri 501 (c) (3) Religious non-profit corporation with articles
that read: "...for religious, charitable, and educational purposes....", and all
donations "are" fully deductible under the IRS code.
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Text last edited: 18-Jan-10