Vihara Buddha Gotama is a 15-acres forest monastery founded in 1998 mainly for the study, teaching,
practice and propagation of the Buddha's discourses (suttas),
monastic discipline (vinaya), and meditation, according to the original teachings of the Buddha.
An adjacent 5 acre piece of land was incorporated in 2013.
It is open to monks (bhikkhus and samaneras), nuns (maechees or anagarinis), and also laymen and laywomen.
This Vihara caters mainly to the residential community of monks and nuns, and those training to be monks and nuns.
Thus, the daily schedule includes about 4 hours of group meditation, 2 hours of work, and 2 hours of Dhamma-Vinaya study and discussion.
Since the Vihara is not a meditation centre tailored to the needs of lay people, it is not run on a weekly retreat basis. Rather,
perhaps one could say that it is run on an everyday retreat basis.
All residents, permanent and visitors, are normally expected to take part in all the daily activities of the Vihara,
unless they are unwell or have some other valid reason.
Our Vihara now has the following procedure for monkhood:
1) Six months as an ordinary 8 preceptor
2) Six months as a 8 preceptor wearing white and shaven-headed (pakau)
3) One year as Samanera (novice monk)
If you go through all the three stages satisfactorily, then we will arrange for the higher ordination as a Bhikkhu.
Visiting hours are from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm daily, and guests should call up beforehand if they wish to visit outside these
hours to ensure it is convenient and the gates are opened.
Consultation/discussion with the abbot is from 12:00-1:00 p.m. daily, unless he is otherwise engaged.
Daily Routine From 11 February 2016
The daily routine (subject to change)
of the Vihara is typically as follows:
Rise & Shine!
Group Meditation (Optional)
Monastery Work/Group Meditation (Either)
11:00-12:30pm Lunch & Clean-Up
Study / Practice
[Abbot available for discussion/consultation from 12:00-1:00pm]
2:30-4:00pm Group Meditation (Optional)
Group Meditation (Optional)
Rest (Lights out)
* Thu & Sat: 05:00am - 06:00am
** Thu & Sat: 06:00am - 06:30am
*** Thu & Sat: 06:30am
When the Vihara was established in 1998, Kutis (monks dwellings) no. 1 to 5 were just constructed. The others
were subsequently constructed over the years until Dec. 2009 when Kuti no. 9 was completed. The Kutis measure
4.5m X 4.5m, with bathroom attached, except Kuti 6. Most of the A-roofs were later renovated to become flat concrete
roofs because many ants hid in the ceiling.
The ten thousand gallon concrete water tank (with Kuti 6 sitting above) was constructed in 1999 to store the water
piped from the neighbouring hill.
The pipe line is 1300 metres long.
The two storey Dhamma Sala used as a Meditation Hall and for Dhamma talks was completed in 2004. The kitchen
was on the ground floor too, and the First (top) floor was used as a dormitory, office and Laity Library.
In 2005 a semi detached building with each half similar to a Kuti was completed. One half was used as a Sangha Store
for robes etc, while the other half was used as a Sangha Library cum Sewing Room and Coffee Room (later in 2014 used
as a Sewing room cum coffee Room when the Sangha Library moved).
The two storey eight room dormitory constructed in the elevated ground adjacent to the Dhamma Sala was completed
in 2008. It was then used as the Women Quarters.
A two storey Dana Sala cum Lay quarters was completed and officially opened on Aug 2012 by the founding Abbot's
Preceptor Phra Khru Watchara Thamvirot from Thailand. The Lay Quarters on the first floor has a Ladies Section
which can accommodate 80 people, and a Men Section which can accommodate 70.
The room for Maechees can accommodate 10 people. The new kitchen is about 6m X 6m, with one adjacent Store Room.
This building is suitable to be used for Dhamma Camps.
The old wooden Store which was near collapsing was demolished and a three storey building constructed in its place
in 2013. The ground floor is used as a Store and Workshop. The other two floors can be used for Administration/Offices
Kuti no. 1 was demolished and a two storey Sangha Library (ground floor) and Uposatha-ghara (Uposatha Hall on first
floor) was constructed and completed in Feb. 2014 to replace it. This last builing project completed the 15 1/2 years
Construction Phase of Vihara Buddha Gotama. May all who contributed in any way rejoice in this meritorious work!
Rules and Regulations
Anyone wishing to come to the Vihara to stay should first call up (Mobile Telephone:+6012-4697483), or write in, to ensure availability of accommodation.
However, anyone who has not stayed before will be required to speak to the abbot - either personally, by way of letter, or via a phone call.
This is to ensure that one's reasons for coming to stay are compatible with what this Vihara can provide.
Intending residents are advised to bring their own work shoes, pillow-case, bed sheet, sleeping bag, torchlight,
alarm clock. While staying in the Vihara, lay residents are normally required to uphold the 8 precepts, unless an exception has been allowed by the abbot.
The 8 precepts are:
The 8 precepts are:
+ To refrain from intentionally killing
any living being.
+ To refrain from taking what is not given
(e.g. books, meditation cushion, etc..)
+ To refrain from sexual conduct.
+ To refrain from lying (and carrying tales, coarse speech, idle gossip).
+ To refrain from taking liquor, drugs,
and similar intoxicants
+ To refrain from eating from 1 p.m. (when
the sun is at the highest point in Malaysia)
until the next dawn (about 7 a.m.). However, certain medicinal allowances according to the Thai forest tradition are permitted.
+ To refrain from dancing, singing, seeing
shows, hearing music, using garlands,
cosmetics, or perfumes, etc..
+ To refrain from using a luxurious bed
Residents and visitors should be properly dressed and
covered. Smoking, talking loudly and other disruptive behaviour are not permitted.
No food is allowed inside a dwelling. Only medicinal allowances are permitted.
Monks (bhikkhus, samaneras) are not allowed to possess money, so laypersons should not offer money to them.
Monetary donations should only be made to the Sangha Foundation.
The Vihara employs only minimum number of workers and all residents are expected to shoulder the daily maintenance workload.
This is different from certain Meditation Centres which run regular retreats where retreatants (¡®yogis¡¯) are expected
to meditate all the time and not do any work.
The food in the Vihara is mostly obtained from alms round, while some are offered at the Vihara.
Those with specific food needs may face difficulty with what the Vihara can offer.
The Vihara being a forest monastery is remote from major towns and so has limited access to medical facilities.
Intending residents who need regular medical treatment may find the Vihara unsuitable.
Those who are on medication are strongly advised to bring along sufficient prescription for the duration of their stay in the Vihara.
The use of internet within the Vihara is allowable only for the Vihara¡¯s administrative purposes.
The harmony of the Vihara is very important, and residents should remember the advice given in the Majjhima Nikaya Sutta 31 on
how to live "in concord, with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other
with kindly eyes."
There is no scheduled weekly retreats like some Meditation Centres since this Vihara caters mainly to the resident community of monks and nuns,
as well as those training to be monks and nuns.
Anyone wishing to come to stay and follow the daily schedule of meditation, work, and Dhamma-Vinaya study, are welcome to contact the Vihara for permission.
Monastics intending to reside in the Vihara, but are unknown to the Vihara's Sangha are required to bring a letter of recommendation on their conduct,
and also a duly completed Application to Reside Form (Click here for blank form).
Those intending to apply to ordain as temporary samanera are required to submit a duly completed Application to Ordain as Temporary Samanera.
Minimum duration of a Temporary Samanera is one month, and minimum age is fifteen.
(Click here for blank form).
Intending residents should arrive between 8am - 1pm, otherwise the gate may not be open.
Road Map and Transportation
The Vihara is located about 2 km
north of Temoh town, and 9 km south of
Kampar, in Perak state. From Kuala Lumpur,
it is a 2 hours' drive northwards, and
from Penang it is a 3 hours' drive southwards.  ( VBG's GPS Coordinates: N 4¡ã 15' 27.7", E 101¡ã 11' 52.4" )
here to open map
From Kuala Lumpur, it is also convenient to travel by bus. Catch the express bus from TBS - Terminal Bersepadu Selatan ( Jalan Terminal Selatan, Bandar Tasek Selatan, 57100
Kuala Lumpur ) to Kampar (drop off at Temoh).
You can then ask for directions from either Lee Huat Grocery Shop, or Sin Chuan Bee Coffeeshop.
(nos. 74 and 121 Main Road respectively) or call the Vihara (Mobile Telephone:+6012-4697483). You can also catch an
electric train from Kuala Lumpur KL Sentral to Kampar. Then take a taxi to the Vihara.
The Sangha Foundation was registered in 1999 with the following objectives:
+ To foster the teaching, practice and understanding
of the Buddha Dhamma - i.e. the teachings
of the Buddha, with special emphasis on
the Theravada tradition - for the Buddhist
+ To participate in social and welfare activities
for the benefit of mankind.
+ To do all such acts and things as are
in the opinion of the Foundation necessary
for the attainment of the aforesaid objectives.
The Sangha Foundation is the first of its kind in Malaysia with a Board of Trustees who are elected from the monastic members (i.e. monks, nuns, and novices).
When the monastic disrobes, he or she immediately ceases to be a Trustee. Lay members are elected to committees to take care of the finances,
monastery maintenance, etc.
The Vihara belongs to the Foundation, which provides all the necessary facilities, support, and protection to the Sangha.
Everything in the Vihara, including its land, belongs to the Foundation, not to any individual. Therefore, any offering to the Vihara/Foundation is an offering to the Sangha.
The Vihara is run entirely on donations received from well-wishers.
While the access road and all buildings have been built,
donations are welcomed for maintenance, and the continuing work of the Vihara.
Monetary donations to the Vihara should
be made out to the "Sangha
Foundation a/c 721-108548-8",
OCBC Bank (M)
Berhad, Ipoh. As the Vihara does not employ
office staff, receipts are generally not
issued unless requested by the donor. Donations to Sangha Foundation are tax-exempt as from Mar. 2008.
We appreciate those who wish to offer food for the Vihara's residents. Lunch offerings
should arrive before 10:30 a.m. There are other items which are useful to the Vihara.
But, kindly consult the Abbot concerning this if you wish to donate, in order that you donate what is really useful to the Vihara.
the Donation Form (224KB)
The founder abbot of the Vihara is Venerable DhammavuddhoThero, a Malaysian of Chinese descent.
As a layman he graduated from the University Malaya in 1971, and worked as an Electrical Engineer with the Public Works Department for 12 years before renouncing the home life.
His interest in religion led him to study the world's major religions for a few years before meeting the Buddha's teachings in 1976.
In 1983, he went forth into the homeless life in the Mahayana tradition. Three years later, he was reordained in the Theravada tradition (Mahanikaya) in Thailand on April 1986. His Preceptor is Phra Khru Watchara Thamvirot,
Abbot of Wat Thamroo, Tambon Banlat, Amper Banlat, Phetburi.
Thereafter, he spent about 10 years living the solitary lifestyle in quiet places.
He has written numerous booklets on Buddhism, e.g. Return to the Original Buddha's Teachings, Message of the Buddha,
Buddhist Monk's Precepts, Liberation: Relevance of Sutta-Vinaya, Only We Can Help Ourselves, etc. His talks
in English, Hokkien/Fujian, Cantonese, span the years 1988 - 2013. The 5 Nikayas in English, Hokkien Angguttara
Nikaya, Samyutta Nikaya, Majjhima Nikaya; as well as other talks have been recorded in audio and video.
In 1998, through donations collected by his supporters, a 15-acre piece of land outside Temoh, in Perak, was purchased to establish the Vihara Buddha Gotama.