Arava Spiritual Center
The growth of the community and the enthusiastic dedication of her students in Israel, led Lama Dvora to establish the Arava Spiritual Center (ASC), (www.moar.org).
This is a university-like enterprise, currently in temporary rented facilities in the desert, which offers, among other programs, “closed” Buddhist teachings to advanced students who are ready for them, and are willing to put in the effort required. Currently, a 6-7-year program is in progress, with some 130 advanced students, who are personally taught and guided by Lama Dvora.
To adapt the rented site to its educational purpose, students, built an impressive teaching hall, and residences for the Lama and staff, all by means of using their personal resources and labor.
The First Lama in the Middle East Happens to Be a Woman!
Lama Dvora is also a trailblazer in being the first female Lama in the Middle East. She is a holder of an ancient lineage, passed on to her by her precious teachers, a lineage which until recently was transmitted almost exclusively through male masters. She thus represents a new and powerful generation of female leaders in Western Buddhism.
Lama Dvora teaches a mixed-gender student body and treats women equally to men. She promotes and empowers women on every opportunity. Being a western woman, a mother, with a former research career, her teachings bring a fresh flavor, suited to modern-time students, while rigorously adhering to the original intent and meaning of the scriptures. This aspect also characterizes her translations into Hebrew, always utilizing language that presents the teachings and practices in a way that speaks equally to men and women. Through this, and through the example of her many years of personal practice and experience, Lama Dvora conveys to her students a clear message that there is nothing that a woman cannot achieve on the spiritual path, all the way up to its ultimate completion.