Vedic Cultural Center Sammamish
The Vedic Cultural Center is dedicated to preserving, practicing, and growing the Vedic tradition for the benefit of our younger generation and all people. The Vedas teach that we are all part of one great family with a common origin. Therefore Vedic culture celebrates commonality of all human beings and teaches them to live in harmony with nature by practice of the universal principle of ahimsa or non violence.
Another major theme of the Vedas is para upakar: doing good to others. A premium is put on educational and cultural activities that are beneficial for the individual and society. The VCC offers many free (or voluntary donation) courses on language, music, dance, arts and crafts, drama, communication skills, philosophy,children s programs,seniors programs and yoga. The center also provides extensive free food distribution through the Food for Life program.
The Vedic cultural center practices respect of all people regardless of race or any other material designation because of the divine presence of God in everyone. Education for making enlightened choices in life is the primary goal of the VCC for spreading light and peace in the world.
VCC was built during a fifteen month period from April 2007 to July 2008. A large group of sincere people work many years to make the center a reality. The Director of the center is Harry Terhanian. With him is a core group of more than sixty volunteers who dedicate their time, service, and money to manage and expand the activities.
To provide an excellent facility for the greater Seattle community to participate in cultural events, seminars, exhibits and festivals that help preserve and promote the traditional Vedic arts, cuisine, music, dance, drama, literature and languages.
Vedas are ancient scriptures from India that provide spiritual and material knowledge for the upliftment of all people. Veda means knowledge. This knowledge has been passed down from the very beginning of time. Vedic culture has preserved the principles of right action and right thought that promote peace and social harmony. Modern society can benefit tremendously from the Vedic knowledge and culture.
We invite you to connect with the original teachings of the Vedas and enrich your life’s journey with this five thousand year tradition. Vedic life is simple – learn through arts, music, dance and drama while leading a life of social harmony and respect for basic human dignity.