Brahmavihara Monastery & Retreat Centre is founded by **Bhante Dhammapala Mahathero.
The objectives of Brahmavihara Monastery & Retreat Centre are:
(1) To adhere to the Buddha’s teachings based on the Teaching of Elders (Theravāda);
(2) To establish and maintain Sangha Community for the promotion and continuation of the Buddha-sasana; and
(3) To provide a practice and learning platform for monastic and laity.
Nestled in a serene and tranquil atmosphere, the headquarter ofBrahmavihara Monastery & Retreat Centre is located in Melaka and measuring in area approximately 4.6 miles in total.
Brahmaviharahas branches, e.g.: Bodhivana Monastery in Sungai Pelek Selangor, and The Centre of Mindfulness in Hong Kong.
Brahmavihara also collaborates with other Buddhist society, e.g. Melaka Cheng Amata Dhamma Centre, whereby Cheng Amata Dhamma Centre will assist to organise and coordinate various Buddhist activities to promote Buddhism.
BrahmaviharaMonastery is rooted in the Theravāda traditions. The monastery strives to provide a meditation practice platform for monastic and laity.
Brahmavihara Monastery & Retreat Centre consists of the following Centres:
(1) Sangha Park
(2) Theravāda Academy
(3) International Meditation Retreat Centre
(4) Amata Education Centre
The building philosophy of the monastery is: eco-friendly, green and tranquillity. 禅林的建筑设计理念是：绿色、环保和宁静。
Hence, a beautiful landscape gardening coupled with pavilions, Buddha sculpture and pools are built within the monastery to create a Zen inspired atmosphere that nurtures one’s inner peace.
Each Centre plays a pivotal role to achieve the objectives of the monastery and functioning to cater for the needs of monastic and laity.
**Abbot / Founder: Bhante Dr.Dhammapāla
住持 / 创办人：法护尊者
BhanteDhammapala was born in Kuching in 1970. He was ordained as Upasampada Bhikkhu in Wat Chong Kedah in 1994 under the Most Respected Chao KhunPhra Raj Thammathara, who was the chief Siamese Sanghanayaka in Malaysia. Subsequently he sought spiritual dependence under the guidance of Bhante Dhammasakkaro Mahathero.
He spent 15 years studying Buddhist Philosophy, Pali and Sanskrit literatures in Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. In 2009, he obtained his Doctorate of Philosophy in Buddhist Studies under the supervision of Professor Venerable KL Dhammajoti, in The University of Hong Kong.
After his graduation, he was appointed as Chief Editor and Spiritual Director for the Buddhistdoor website, one of the oldest and largest Buddhist websites in the world.
In 2010-2013, he was the Visiting Assistant Professor at the Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong. He travelled frequently conducting meditation retreats, dhamma talks and teaching in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.
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