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Dwara Nikaya

Doctrines The word "dwara" means source. The use of this term to designate this order is based in its understanding of Buddhist ethics; it is the source of an act within the mind that determines its moral and spiritual worth and not simply the act itself. In this respect its approach to ethics is very close to the Hngettwin Nikaya.

History Dwara Nikaya was founded in Lower Burma by the abbot of the Okpo monastery in the middle of the 19th century, at about the same time as the Hngettwin Nikaya was formed. The Dvara Nikaya was modelled on the reform nikayas which had been established in 19th century Ceylon. Although the Dvara Nikaya was founded with the principal purpose of reforming the sangha rather monks from the Dvara also sought to reform Burmese politics. In 1980 representatives from the Dvara Nikaya participated in a national conference involving all groups within the Burmese Sangha whose purpose was to establish an organisation which could oversee the entire Burmese Sangha. The Dvara Nikaya continues today as a small groups within Burmese Buddhism.

Symbols Temples, pagodas, images of the Buddha.

Adherents Dwara has three to four thousand monks. (Spiro 1982, 316)

Main Centre
 Lower Burma.