Rio Buddhavihara Project - Sowing the Dhamma in Brazil

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Rio Buddhavihara Project - Sowing the Dhamma in Brazil

Post by Goedert » Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:54 pm

"And the Blessed One said to the Bhikkhus: 'I am delivered, O Bhikkhus, from all
fetters, human and divine. You, O Bhikkhus, are also delivered from all fetters,
human and divine. Go ye now, O Bhikkhus, and wander, for the gain of the
many, for the welfare of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the
good, for the gain, and for the welfare of gods and men."
Mahavagga 1.11

Rio Buddhavihara Project Presentation

Brazilian Buddhist Society History

Currently, the Brazilian Buddhist Society is a religious institution officially established in Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, aiming to spread Theravada Buddhism in Brazil and South America and in its 40 year history has played a crucial role in serve as a place to study and practice.

Brazilian Buddhist Society has hosted members of the venerable Sinhalese Bhikkhu-Sangha (Sri Lanka) and Thai, and for a period of 20 years the resident spitiritual director was Ven. Bhante Puhulwelle Vipassi Nayaka Thero, from 1986 until his passing in September 2006.

Our Actives

Throughout its history, Brazilian Buddhist Society had its gates open to an ever renewed, which participates in the Pujas and Ceremonies, Retreats and Courses, Study Groups, etc.. Books and handouts on the Teaching (Dhamma) are available in our library and also to be acquired by those who wish to contribute to the maintenance of the institution.

Project Rio Buddhavihara, why?

Even Buddhism has become popular in the Western world in its various cultural forms, Theravada Buddhism is not yet in fact established with the presence of the Sangha (monastic) at any point of the entire South American continent. The Pali Canon and Vinaya preserved by this school of Buddhism and its monastic community (bhikkhu-Sangha) are universally recognized and valuable treasures for all other schools and Buddhist Traditions. Thus, the "Rio Buddhavihara" is presented as the only current long-term project which aims to ensure the presence of the Sangha of the Theravada school of Buddhism in Brazil and South America.

Main Objective

The Project Buddhavihara consists of an initiative that seeks to ensure a firm and lasting home for the Theravada Buddhist Sangha, his Teachings and Practice in Brazilian soil for the entire South American audience. We understand that maintaining a community of monks living will be crucial to ensure the transmission of the teachings of Lord Buddha, as taught in this tradition.

Specific Objectives

1. Establish a permanent home for keeping members of the Venerable Theravada Bhikkhu Sangha in Brazil.
2. Building and maintaining a framework of culture and teaching of Buddhism, in order to preserve and strengthen the bonds of the Theravada Buddhist Community in Brazil and throughout South America.
3. Bringing forward the renovation of several buildings on the lands of present practice center today in Santa Teresa.
4. Construct and establish a Buddhist monastery in the forest for housing the Bhikkhu Sangha in the region of mountains and forests of southeastern Brazil.

How to help the Rio Buddhavihara

To ensure continuity of activities of the Brazilian Buddhist Society and financial sustainability in all phases of the project, there needs to be collected donations among local and international Buddhist Communities. Any and all donations (labor, resources or other) is welcome and will be guaranteed the exclusive use of resources in this project, if so desire of the donor.

Such resources will provide the funds that will allow the commitment to build the basic infrastructure (purchase of land and buildings basic) and maintenance (food, medicine etc..) Four members of the Sangha and residents (aspirants) that can support activities.

How to donate

You can also choose to deposit in the current account of the Brazilian Buddhist Society:

Legal entity 34.021.832/0001-06
Itau Bank - 0093 - current account 06279-2.

Contact us

If you are interested in helping financially or institutionally, participating in the development of the Rio Buddhavihara Project, feel comfortable to contact us.

We depend entirely on the generosity of practitioners, Buddhist or not, interested in preserving the presence of the Theravada Buddhist School in Brazil and throughout South America.


We are open to the public on Sundays from 15h30 to 18h.

Street Dom Joaquim Mamede, 45
Santa Teresa - Rio de Janeiro - RJ - Brazil
Zip Code 20241-390
Phone: 55 21 2245-4331 | 55 21 2526-1411" onclick=";return false;" onclick=";return false;
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Re: Rio Buddhavihara Project - Seeding Dhamma in Brazil

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:01 pm

I send my respectful greetings to Venerable Vipassī Mahāthera — I know him from my days at Chiswick Vihāra about thirty years ago. He has been working for many years in Brazil. May his mission bear good fruits.

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Re: Rio Buddhavihara Project - Sowing the Dhamma in Brazil

Post by rowyourboat » Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:02 am

Sadhu! sadhu! Sadhu!

May this be the catalyst of something good for many people in Brazil.
With Metta

& Upekkha

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