Dhamma Sirī, which means “Prosperity of Dhamma”, is situated on thirty four acres of agricultural land near the end of a quiet rural road, 45 minutes from downtown Dallas, Texas. The centre is also about four hours from other Austin and Houston, two other large Texas cities.
The first tract of twenty acres was purchased in July 1990. An additional fourteen acres to the North of the original tract was purchased in 2014. Dhamma Sirī holds an average of 20 courses annually, and presently serves over a 1000 students a year.
Course are conducted primarily in English, with bi-lingual courses in Spanish / English, Hindi / English, and Vietnamese / English offered each year. Course instructions and discourses are also available in over 40 languages.
The new Meditation Hall, completed in 2012, is a grand building seating approximately 150 students in the main hall. The main hall is surrounded by interview rooms where students can meet with the teacher in private, as well additional multi-use rooms. Students, volunteers and teachers all enter the hall through separate entrances, allowing for minimal disturbance to students during the course.
At the rear of the property is the Dhamma Sirī Pagoda. This building is similar in design to the Pagoda at Dhamma Giri, the main international center in Igatpuri, India. The Dhamma Sirī Pagoda is a round 2-story building , with 94 individual private meditation rooms where students go to practice the mediation techniques learned in solitude. The rooms are arranged in a series of concentric rings, with 3 rings containing 63 individual rooms on the ground floor and 2 rings with 31 individual rooms on the upper floor. Additional rings of cells will be added according to future needs.
The men’s residence was completed in two phases; the first phase of 33 rooms was completed in 2000, and the final phase of 42 room was completed in 2010. The combined phases provide comfortable individual rooms for 75 men, with 50 of these rooms having a private, attached bath. The remaining rooms share a large bath-block with 6 private showers, 6 private commodes, and 3 counters of shared sinks.
The women’s residence, completed in 2005, has individual rooms for 50 women, each with an attached private bath. The master plan calls for an additional 25 rooms with private bath to be constructed as part of the women’s residence.
As with the residences, men and women dine separately at the centre. The men’s dining is located in a stand-alone building that was once the mediation hall. Women’s dining is located in the adjacent building, which also houses the kitchen and administrative offices for the centre.
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Directions from Dallas
Directions from Austin
Directions from Houston
Directions from Oklahoma City
For transportation options (e.g. Airplane and Bus) to the Center please refer to the Course Information – Transportation.