Ehvam – International Spiritual Center for Peace is envisioned as a unique regional and international spiritual center for peace, located in Israel, close to the Jordanian-Israeli border, at the heart of one of the most disruptive conflict zones in the world – the Middle East.
We believe that a significant and lasting change in the world, must begin with a deep inner change within the individual’s heart and mind.
At Ehvam, students from the region and from around the world, will study and practice the principles of morality, compassion, generosity, wisdom, and the science of inner transformation, all based on authentic wisdom traditions of the world.Learn more
Soon after Lama Dvora started teaching in Israel, she established the School of Heart-Dharma. Over the years, she trained more than a hundred teachers, who now teach in study groups all over the country. This momentum led to the establishment of the Arava Spiritual Center, a precursor of Ehvam, located approximately two miles from the proposed permanent site of Ehvam.
Lama Dvora is the founder and spiritual director of the Arava Spiritual Center in Israel. She holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, and has worked in academia, as well as in research and financial institutions. Following these achievements, she has devoted 30 years of her life to the study and practice of Buddhist wisdom, and other Asian traditions.Learn More
Annual Activity Summary 2014-2015
Activity Summary 2019
AboutEhvam is founded by “Method and Wisdom”, a non-profit organization aiming to promote peace in the hearts of individuals, communities and nations, through the use of timely Methods combined with timeless Wisdom.
Ehvam will take form in a desert oasis, near the ancient city of Moa in the Arava valley, on the path of the historic Incense Route.
rooms for resident and guest teachers, retreat cabins, and monastic accommodations
of floor space for guest rooms, dining rooms and kitchens, temple, lobby, reception area, offices, clinic, playrooms, spa, treatment rooms, swimming pools, and a Conference Center
Ehvam will offer a multi-year Eastern studies program, Yoga and meditation courses and workshops, led by world-class instructors and international guest teachers.
Ehvam will offer facilities for long and short retreats for deep contemplation, personal development and growth.
Ehvam will host international conferences promoting peace, and offer joint workshops, teachings and social activities for Israeli Jews and Arabs, Palestinians, and international participants.
Ehvam will include permanent accommodations for up to 20 monks and nuns, who will direct and staff many of its activities.
The Name Ehvam
The name Ehvam is a combination of two Sanskrit syllables and has a deep symbolic meaning in the Buddhist teaching. Ehvam symbolizes, among other things:
- The ultimate enlightened state, a state of complete freedom, purity and wisdom.
- The inseparability of a pure and peaceful world and the purity and peace in the hearts of its inhabitants; the fact that if we attain inner purity and peace, it will be automatically reflected in our environment.
The Arava Region