“In order to bring peace and security to living beings
I have appeared in the world
and for the sake of this great assembly
I preach the sweet dew of the pure Law.

I rain down the Dharma rain,
filling the whole world,
and this single-flavoured Dharma
is practised by each according to the individual’s power”.1

The Dharma Rain Centre for Buddhist Studies is contemplated as a resource centre that would offer a quiet and supportive environment to all those who are interested in exploring Buddhist thought and practice.

The mission of The Dharma Rain Centre would be to spread and make widely known the principles and philosophy of Buddhism and to encourage the study and practice of those views.

The Centre would present all the major Buddhist schools and traditions, and would function in a non-sectarian and non-denominational manner. Its vision would include dialogue and understanding between different schools of Buddhism and interaction with other religious and scientific traditions.

At the turn of the millennium, the spiral of violence and hatred that seems to have plunged the world into despair and hopelessness has demanded of Buddhism, as it has of other religious traditions, answers to the problems faced by humanity. A deep realisation of the Buddhist way, requires sustained effort, and moment to moment mindfulness of the relevance of the Buddha’s teachings to such contemporary problems. The Dharma Rain Centre would strive to bring this understanding to the study and practice of Buddhism as a living tradition, through the various activities organised by the Centre.

The Centre would be a forum to bring together teachers, students, scholars and practitioners, both lay and monastic, who wish to engage in the spirit of genuinely seeking the Buddha’s teachings. Yet, it would be a resource that offers to the newcomer or the young person, a warm feeling of friendliness and welcome; an environment that is not intimidating or overly academic, but at the same time conducive to questioning and learning.

The Dharma Rain Centre would have as its major resource, a library and documentation section that would provide the foundation and frame work for a variety of activities, such as lectures, classes, retreats and publications. The documentation centre would collect, collate and catalogue, information from various sources around the world, in print and audio-visual media, news clippings, journal and research reports. A major activity would be the collection and organisation of data, writings and teachings from various Buddhist and Buddhism related web-sites; and the study of the trends, influences and impact on Buddhist thinking and practice, resulting from the use of new technologies.

The Centre would also endeavour to bring out a regular publication, which would be interesting and informative to the lay practitioner, as well as to those from the general public, who may have more than a casual interest in Buddhism. Though presented in a magazine format, it would be faithful to the principles of the Buddha’s teachings, yet adapted to our time and place.

The Dharma Rain Centre would also offer a variety of talks and programs from a wide range of visiting teachers and masters, covering diverse topics of interest related to Buddhist traditions and meditation practice. Facilities such as lecture rooms and meditation halls would also be made available to other groups and organisations for similar activities.

For the future, the Centre would make dedicated efforts to gather the resources to set up a full fledged retreat centre, where those more serious in their pursuit of the teachings could spend an extended period, and have the meditative space and time to grow in their practice. Besides conducting its own activities here, such a campus would be yet one more resource made available to other groups and organisations, based on the Buddha’s teaching of generosity in giving, and spread of the Dharma.

The Dharma Rain Centre for Buddhist Studies would support itself through contributions from the local and world wide community, both in charitable donations and in all other forms of effort: participation, guidance, studying, sharing and living the teachings of Buddhism.

1 The Lotus Sutra. Translated by Burton Watson. Chapter 5 – The Parable of the Medicinal Herbs. Pgs 102 & 104.

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