Dharmadatta Community is a spiritual community grounded in friendship. As four Spanish-speaking women walking the Buddhist path together, we founded this community in 2009 as a place to cultivate our hearts and minds in both the Dharma and vinaya, or monastic training. We trained in India and soon began traveling to Latin America to serve a growing lay community. We lived in Mexico for several years offering spiritual instruction and leading retreats, and continue to do so now while based in rural Virginia. We remain committed to serving our Spanish-language community, with nearly all our activities—from weekly Dharma talks to sutra recitation to meditation courses—now taking place online, completely free of charge.
All the women in our residential community had professional and personal lives before becoming nuns. We were journalists, accountants, lawyers and schoolteachers. We led lives that met most worldly definitions of success, and had an ample share of life’s enjoyments. Yet in our own way we each experienced a lingering sense of dissatisfaction, an unspoken longing for a life of greater substance and more lasting value.
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