More about Anathapindika’s Study Park and the work of Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center
The training offered at DSMC and closely researched and examined in a study park environment concerns Breathing and Loving Kindness Meditation, Forgiveness Meditation, and Walking meditation. There is a clear emphasis here on understanding the complete Buddha Dhamma. The project is dedicated to supporting people who want to reweave the Dhamma Cloth so that the inter-relationships of all its parts become clear again for future generations.
The center strives to provide a 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 weekly meditation sittings and Dhamma talks, weekend retreats, private retreats group and online retreats, and periodic supportive group events with our resident teacher, Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi and other guiding monastics. This includes the development and free distribution of books, CDs/MP3s, and DVDs.
The center also offers support for guest monastics from various traditions and countries wishing to learn and present TWIM Meditation in clear English and to give Dhamma talks using the original framework the Buddha used for his discourses. Monastics may attend rains retreat periods or stay from 3 months to one year, under the supervision of our Abbot.
Traditional Buddhists are offered a two week to one month temporary ordination program while training with this meditation. Asian communities often offer this to lay people in Southeast Asian countries but this has not evolved systemically in the US. This is done upon approval by the Abbot after reviewing prior background and meditation experience.
1-4 year programs for ordination can be created upon application with the Abbot for those who qualify and wish to become monks or nuns. This program which began in 2006, involves a longer commitment to study from 2- 5 years within this tradition.
Lay people may pursue programs with the goal of leading and helping to guide meditation groups in their communities and are offered various support programs.
Community classes for meditation are offered each year to help anyone in the community to understand the usefulness of meditation to find relief from suffering. People from all religious traditions can benefit greatly from this kind of 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. This is the nature of the heart of the Buddhist teachings.
Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation as found in the original Buddhist Pali texts was carefully preserved by the Theravadan monastics tradition for centuries. These texts include specific lessons on meditation, called Suttas, that the Buddha originally taught his disciples. Once we understand clearly the meanings for certain terms, the meditation comes together like a beautiful weaving.