- a meeting place of Buddhist monks.
- a Buddhist monastery.
- (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.
Origin of vihara
First recorded in 1875–80, vihara is from the Sanskrit word vihāra
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Examples from the Web for vihara
Four le to the north-west of the vihara there is a grove called "The Getting of Eyes."
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