Venerable Clear Grace Dayananda left the brick-and-mortar monastery to answer a calling that has led them on this journey toward what they call “barefoot Buddhism.” Thus far, this has included the purchasing and renovation of a Chevy Van, affectionately named “The Great Aspiration,” which is nearly ready to head out on the road. “The Great Aspiration” will serve as a mobile monastery that will house Venerable as they travel around the US, meeting folks where they are. The great aspiration of this ministry is to bring the dharma to individuals whom one might not find in our traditional monasteries and temples, primarily LGTBQ communities and communities of color. The dharma has been Venerable Clear Grace Dayananda’s greatest source of insight and transformation to heal from injustice and suffering of all kinds. They are called to share these truths to help others unlearn deeply embedded beliefs that have prevented them from liberation from such suffering. In addition, Venerable hopes to create a nationwide sangha of practitioners, volunteers, and dharma friends who can collectively bring the work of compassionate action into their respective communities. It’s not just about sharing the dharma itself, but also about Venerable Clear Grace Dayananda’s vision to embody and model the dharma in action. It is a collective, nationwide invitation to step off the cushion and join Venerable in the streets to bring awareness and compassionate action to the various needs in communities throughout the country. Venerable Clear Grace Dayananda has visited the sacred places and the holy sites of the Buddha abroad and now the dharma has called them to make a holy pilgrimage across the United States as it has never been done before.
Creating Sanctuary in community by way of “The Great Aspiration” meeting the people where they are!