In "The Happiest Year Ever", Sayadaw U Silananda wrote:
We do not need to be rich or beautiful or powerful to be happy. When we give or practice dana, we find that we feel happy; when we help others, we feel happy; when we are peaceful, we feel happy.
Construction began on August 18, 2000 for a new Dhammananda Vihara monastery complete with a meditation hall, a dhamma library, and rooms for Sayadaws and yogis.
The following is what Lord Buddha said regarding the gift of a monastery:
It keeps out cold and heat,
Wild animals besides,
And creeping things and flies,
And chills and rain as well.
And it affords protection
When sun and wind are fierce.
The aim is to be sheltered and at ease
In order to concentrate and practice insight.
Gifts of dwellings to the Order
Are praised most highly by the Buddha,
So let a man possessed of wit,
Who sees wherein his own good lies,
Have comfortable dwellings made
And have the learned live in them.
He should give food to them and drink
And clothing and a resting place,
Letting his heart repose his trust
In those who walk in righteousness;
And they will teach the Dhamma to him
For freedom from all suffering,
Knowing which Dhamma, he here attains
Nibbana and is free from taints.
(SAMYUTTA NIKAYA, SAGATHAVAGGA SAMYUTTA)