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Theravada Buddhist Monastery and Meditation Center

“The Buddha’s message was simple but profound. Neither a life of self-indulgence nor one of self-mortification can bring happiness. Only a middle path, avoiding these two extremes, leads to peace of mind, wisdom, & complete liberation from the dissatisfactions of life.”

~Bhante Gunaratana
Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness

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Who We Are

The Bhavana Society is a community of monastics and lay people living according to the precepts and practices laid down by the Buddha, Siddhattha Gotama, over 2500 years ago.  The Pali word “Bhavana” means mental cultivation and Bhavana is dedicated to the practice of Theravadan Buddhist meditation which refers to the oldest school of Buddhism.  Located in rural West…(read more)