It is also very much inspired and informed by various mindfulness and insight vipassana teachings of the Mahasai traditions as well as the vipassana tradition passed on by the late venerable Ayya Khema. And we are very much inspired directly by the Dhamma and Vinaya teachings and practices of the Pali Canon and those who teach directly from it such as the venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, the venerable Bhikkhu Analayo, Bhante Gunaratana and others.
Our Dhammadharini Bhikkhuni Sangha is a community of the greater Theravada Buddhist forest traditions and mindfulness and insight meditation traditions coming home together. Our Sangha is inclusive not exclusive; not limited by the bounds of sectarianism.
Our Aranya Bodhi Hermitage -- the Awakening Forest -- is a place of forest mindfulness and insight meditation practice together with training for monastics in the monastic discipline of the Vinaya, as so well exemplified by both the monastic forest and vipassana teachers and traditions. The same is true for our rural bhikkhuni vihara, although it is closer to the world, and more accessible.
Ven Tathaaloka Theri's own late preceptor Ven Havenpola Ratanasara Nayaka Thera often spoke of his vision of America as the melting pot, not only for all people, but for the Sangha -- long spread throughout the world in diaspora -- coming back together again. Ayya Tathaaloka has often spoken to us of the nature of water being like the streams and lineages of Dhamma-Vinaya. As one stream may branch off into many; also many streams can be tributaries to one great river. Ayya Tathaaloka's personal experience has been one of several streams of Dhamma coming home together again into one flow.
As the Buddha so beautifully and wisely said:
Sukho buddhānam uppādo
Sukhā saṇghassa sāmaggi
samaggānaṃ tapo sukho.
Happy is the birth of Buddhas,
Happy is the teaching of the sublime Dhamma;
Happy is the unity of the Sangha,
Happy is the discipline of the united ones.
-- The Buddha, Dhammapada, Buddhavagga 16
We share in friendship, in community, and in inspiration and practice of the Path with our brothers and sisters of the Thai and Sri Lankan forest traditions and the Burmese vipassana traditions, as well as those of other traditions with similar path of practice. We hold these things as most important.