Will be a haven of peace in the Centre of India in a place called Nagpur, where most Indian
Buddhists live. It will be the focal point for our social work, a place where people from
different countries and backgrounds can meet and share skills to uplift society. It will also be
a place where Buddhism is a living thing and people can come and be spiritually refreshed.
We will have classes, retreats, social work workshops, job training and traditional monastic
training to Indians and Foreigners from the local and international Buddhist communities.
Indian Buddhists have great faith in Buddhism, but so far, have had little access to many
fully trained Buddhist teachers. We will offer a 5 year traditional monastic philosophical
/meditative /ritual programme. We will also offer retreats, counseling and teachings to the
local Buddhist community and teach in jails, schools etc. In a community as poor as the one
in Nagpur, socially engaged Buddhism that has strong roots in a correct view and deep
meditation practice is essential. Bodhicitta Vihara will admit men and women and some lay
students, but men will reside on a piece of land a few kilometers away.
We estimate it will take 5-7 years to collect enough money for this project, to recruit
monastics (Indian culture traditionally looks down on unmarried women) and to establish a
well-trained community of committed monastics and lay students and supporters. We are not
after vast quantities of monastics, just sincere people who are very committed to the
Dharma. The Vihara will focus on training younger monastics as the rigorous lifestyle and
the demand to change oneself to suite monastic culture is often a challenging step for more
senior citizens, but exceptions may be made.
We estimate the cost of this project could be between $220,000-$400,000 US or
$250,000 - $550,000 Aust (2-3 Indian Crore rupees).