Center for the investigation of consciousness
DHAMMAVICAYA
VIHARA
A space for permanent residence of Buddhist monks, which is also open to laypeople coming to retreats, training seminars and independent practice.
We launch a unique Retreat Centre, which will be open for all those wishing to explore meditation, learn Buddhist culture, and will also become a Refuge for the Monastic Sangha.

Ajahn Sumedho, world known Meditation Master and founder of many Buddhist Monasteries, named the future Centre "Dhammavicaya Vihara". From the ancient Pali language "Dhammavicaya" can be translated as "Investigation of Reality" and the word "Vihara" as "Abode".

Investigation of heart and mind, without biases and prejudice, is the aim of establishing the Centre. We hope to create a place where all interested will be able to explore their unique experience of themselves, guided by the profound knowledge of previous generations.
Structure and Principles
Centre "Dhammavicaya" will be a place for meditation courses and retreats led by experienced teachers, they will be free of charge, which will allow people from all walks of life to learn and practice Buddhist virtues and meditation. The Centre will be supported by voluntary donations from the participants of courses and other philanthropists. Part of the territory will be designated as a Sangha Sanctuary, where monks and nuns can take up residence.
Where?
The Centre should be in a countryside, away from industrial areas, busy roads and noisy cities. At the same time, it needs to be accessible by public transport.
How big?
It should be able to accommodate 40 to 50 participants of a meditation course, helpers, teachers, administration, perhaps some workers and people on self-retreat. Meditation Hall and Dining Area should be able to take about 50 people at once.
Not Commercial
The Centre should not be associated with commercial activities, selling of goods and services on it's territory should be banned. It's existence should depend on voluntary contributions.
Investigation of Consciousness
The nature of human psyche, human mind, has been a subject of people's curiosity in all times and continents. It has been approached by ancient philosophers, yogis and mystics, by Western thinkers and modern scientists. One of the most developed and trusted traditions of study of human mind is the teaching of the Buddha, which contains timeless, universal instructions to understanding consciousness. If followed through, this path of self-investigation leads to the development of wisdom and contentment, to harmonious and meaningful life in the world.