Meaning of vihara

vi•ha•ra

Pronunciation: (vi-här'u), [key]
— n.
  1. a meeting place of Buddhist monks.
  2. a Buddhist monastery.
  3. (cap.) Also calledone of the four states of mind, namely love, compassion, sympathetic gladness, and equanimity, to be developed by every Buddhist.
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