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  1. a meeting place of Buddhist monks.
  2. a Buddhist monastery.
  3. (initial capital letter) Also called Brahma Vihara. one of the four states of mind, namely love, compassion, sympathetic gladness, and equanimity, to be developed by every Buddhist.
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Origin of vihara

First recorded in 1875–80, vihara is from the Sanskrit word vihāra
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Historical Examples

  • Four le to the north-west of the vihara there is a grove called "The Getting of Eyes."

    Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms


  • Its vihara is named Ghochiravana—a place where Buddha formerly resided.

  • In front of this there is a footprint of Buddha, where a vihara has been built.

  • They were all greatly rejoiced, and co-operated in restoring the vihara.

  • The chandi Sari is supposed to have been a vihara or Buddhist monastery.

    Monumental Java

    J. F. Scheltema