OBJECTIVES

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Santavana Forest Hermitage has grown through the years since it was founded in 1998. The main objectives of the organisation are:

1. To practise the Buddha’s teaching and to uphold the spirit of the Buddha-dhamma.

2. To carry out Sangha education and to implement the spirit of the six unities.

3. To enhance co-operation between Sangha and laity and to support the Triple Gem in accordance with the Dhamma.

4. To teach Buddhism as an active, contemporary way of living in order to purify society and mankind.


The first two objectives emphasize theories and discipline of Buddhism, while the later two are specific manifestation of the Triple Gem in Santavana. They are further explained in the following two aspects:

I. Internal Development

1. To practise the Buddha’s teaching and to uphold the spirit of the Buddha-dhamma.

2. To carry out Sangha education and to implement the spirit of the six unities.


The theories are common for monastic and laypersons, while the discipline training only applies to the ordained disciples. Santavana provides education with equal emphasis on theories and practices, and advocates both Svaka and Bodhisattas paths.

For theoretical studies, Santavana adopts a broad perspective on the Buddha’s teachings, aiming to seek the commonalities between Mahāyāna, Theravāda and Tibetan traditions and discover the true spirit of the Buddha’s teaching.

Theories constitute Right View, and the Right View is the basis for behaviour action of cultivating virtue and practising meditation. Practitioners are encouraged to learn pragmatically in accordance to the stages of theory learning (pariyatti), practices (patipatti) and realisation (pativedha). By turning theories into experiences, the “living heritage” will be handed down (to disciples) leading all beings towards true happiness.

II. Reaching Out

3. To enhance co-operation between Sangha and laity and to support the Triple Gem in accordance with the Dhamma.

4. To teach Buddhism as an active, contemporary way of living in order to purify society and mankind.


With good understandings of the teachings, the monastic shall work with laypersons to carry out programs on reaching out and personal cultivation. By mean of serving the Triple Gem in accordance with the Dhamma and Vinaya so as to perpetuate the Buddha’s teachings.

Santavana emphasizes Buddhist ethics between the monastic and laypersons. By working together, both assemblies learn to collaborate with each other and grow to be more resourceful. Voluntary work must be founded on the principle “to practise in accordance with the Dhamma”; the internal faith must be fortified so the volunteers would not draw back from the work due to frustration.

Santavana hosts three major events annually: New Year Reunion, Wesak Celebration, and End-of-Vassa Offerings. These events, on one hand, reaching out to new comers, and on the other hand, allowing senior members to experience serving the Vassa. Santavana also offers courses and activities on a regular basis, such as Dhamma courses, study group, meditation, teacher training, Vassa Courses, children class, etc.

The Education Center, inaugurated during the 20th anniversary of Santavana, is a versatile premise located downtown. A wide range of activities will be held here, such as Dhamma courses, group practices, beginners meditation, calligraphy, and tea making. These activities advocate contemporary Buddhism aiming to purify the mind of beings.

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