Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara was founded on April 20, 1980. The main support for the Vihara came from a group of Sri Lankan Buddhists. Since its inception, the Vihara has been maintained by Sri Lankan, other Asian and Western Buddhists, plus non-Buddhist friends of diverse national and cultural backgrounds. Local American and Asian communities continue to support the Vihara. Venerable monks from Sri Lanka conduct the day-to-day activities and render guidance for those seeking the services of the Vihara.
The Theravada tradition is the oldest and most authentic version of the Buddha's teachings now surviving.
Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara promotes the Theravada tradition of Buddhism found primarily in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia. The Theravada tradition is the oldest and most authentic version of the Buddha's teachings now surviving. It preserves intact the original doctrines and practices taught by the Buddha 2600 years ago.
The Vihara conducts public lectures to impart basic knowledge of the Buddha teachings embodied in the Tripitaka texts. These texts are widely referred to as the "Pali Canon" because they are in Pali, an ancient Indian language that was spoken by the Buddha. Weekly evening classes are held at the Vihara for study and discussion of fundamental theory and practice of Theravada Buddhism. These classes are open to those who seek either an overview or an in-depth knowledge of Buddhism. Current schedules are available at the Vihara.