Theravada Buddhist Temple and Vipassana Meditation Center

Theravada Buddhist Temple and Vipassana Meditation Center

The Georgia Buddhist Vihara is dedicated to the promotion of the Theravada Buddhist teachings through the practice of meditation, study of Buddhist scriptures, dhamma school for children and regular religious ceremonies. The Vihara was established in June 2000 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Dear Friends of Dhamma,

Rev. K. Saddhasara thero of Mahamevnawa Meditation Monastery, Florida, will be here Again for a Special Dhamma(Sil) Program on 25th(in English) and 26th(in Sinhala) July at Georgia Buddhist Vihara premises. 
Specially, Banthe will talk to your kids(4-12 yrs) at 10.00-10.30 am. So, don't hesitate to bring your kids with you. Also, there will be a discussion, mainly for young adults(13-25 yrs) at 2-2.45pm.

The eight precepts will be observed during both days. But, if anybody who is not willing to observe sil is also welcomed.

We would greatly appreciate it, if you would register your name in this document to get a head count for breakfast and lunch.

For more information and schedule please see the attached flyer below.

Hope to see you all there!

Thank you

Thursday, July 9, 2015


I hope this message finds each of you doing well. I am writing on behalf of the Georgia Buddhist Vihara to invite you to the next vipassana (mindfulness) meditation retreat on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 7:30am to 5pm. This one-day, monthly meditation retreat will be held on-site at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara (3153 Miller Road, Lithonia, GA 30038). For this retreat, all meditation instructions and discussions will be conducted in English. This retreat is open to everyone - those who are new to meditation as well as those who are experienced meditators.

Below is a tentative schedule of the day's events:


7:007:30am - Arrive at the vihara and prepare the space for breakfast
7:30–8:00am: Observance of Refuge and the Eight Precepts and traditional Buddhist chanting

8:00–8:45amBreakfast (as a group) and clean-up

8:45–10:00am: Guided vipassana ("mindfulness") meditation 
10:00–10:30am: Break (coffee/tea)

10:30–11:30am: Metta ("Loving-Friendliness") meditation 

11:30am–12:00pm: Preparing lunch & traditional Buddhist chanting
12:00–12:45pm:  Lunch (as a group) and clean-up


12:45–1:30pm: Walking meditation

1:30–2:30pmVipassana meditation

2:30–3:00pmBreak (coffee/tea)

3:00–4:30pm: Sutta Discussion led by Ven. Wajirabuddhi Thera. The topic of the discussion will be the Cūḷahatthi­padopamaSutta (The Shorter Discourse on the Simile of the Elephant's Footprint) - Majjhima Nikaya #27. You can access the sutta that will be used for the discussion online here - (this is the Bhikkhu Bodhi translation from Wisdom Publication's The Middle Length Discourses). Please print out a copy of the sutta and bring it to the Dhamma discussion.
4:305:00pm:  Termination of the Retreat: Observance of the Five Precepts and concluding chanting

Participants will need to bring (1) a light breakfast food (e.g., fruits, bagels, etc.) and (2) a lunch dish (preferably vegetarian) to share with the resident monks and the retreat participants as a form of dana (offering).  It is also customary to bring flowers, candles, or incense to place on the shrine as an offering. It is traditional and customary to wear white clothing when participating in a meditation retreat, though this is not a requirement for attendance.

During this special time, please consider making a monetary donation to the vihara as a form of dana (an offering to the monastic community) so that we can continue to support the monks who make the teachings available to us and to keep the vihara open so that all people are able to practice and learn about the Dhamma.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, July 18 at the vihara.  I would ask that you RSVP (by email) in order to let us know that you will be joining us so we can adequately prepare for those who will be participating in the retreat. To confirm that you are planning on attending the retreat or if you have questions about our program, please feel free to contact me by email (

I hope that you will be able to join us for this day of quiet contemplation, meditation, and sutta study. If you are unable to make this retreat, please know that we will be having regular, day-long vipassana retreats throughout the year. Additionally, I would like to encourage you to join us for meditation, sutta study, and Dhamma discussion on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  
May you, your friends, and family members be well, happy, and peaceful…

With metta,
Justin Howell
Cell phone: 404.375.0264

Monday, June 1, 2015

Poson Poya Program will be observed on the Sunday, June 14th, 2015 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara.  We invite you all to join the program.

Please sign up for the program
Check out who is coming!!!! 

Morning Program
Observance of the eight Precepts, Buddha Puja and Heel Dana
Tea & coffee break
Vipassana Meditation By Ven, Panamwela Wajirabuddhi Thero
Sathipattana Meditation Discussion
Buddha Pooja
Dana offering to the monks and those who observe eight precepts
Afternoon Program
Discussion (base on Abhidhamma) by Dr. Deepta Jayaratne
Tea & coffee break
Sutra Discussion 

Termination of the Sil and Gilanpasa Puja

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

Georgia Buddhist Vihara wishes you a happy and a peaceful Vesak!

Our annual Wesak program celebrates three events of the utmost significance in the life of prince Siddhartha who became a Buddha – His Birth, his attainment of Enlightenment, and his passing away. Georgia Buddhist Vihara warmly invites you to be a part of the triple commemoration. Wesak full moon day has been for centuries regarded as the Buddha Day. For it was on a Wesak full moon day, that the Sakyan prince Siddhartha Gautama was born, in Lumbini Park, on the frontier of Nepal, attained Enlightenment, under the Bodhi tree in Gaya, and passed away in Kusinara.   The Buddhists all over the world celebrate with devotion the Triple Anniversary of Wesak. To a true follower of the Buddha, there is no greater day than Wesak Poya which also symbolizes peace, love, compassion and piety.  

Program for Sunday, May 10 ,2015

7.30 am  
Observance of the Eight Precepts, for both adult and young; Buddha Pooja and Heel Dana     
Bhavana  Deshana
Buddha PŪjāva
Dana offering to the monks and those who observe eight precepts.
12-00 noon
Dhamma Deshanawa & Q & A session (Sinhala) 1-1.30 for children by Bhante Bodhi
1:30 - 2:00 pm 
Talk by Dr. Amarasinha (English)
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Talk & Slide presentation/ Q & A session, Abhidhamma (English) - Dr. Deeptha Jayaratne
Bhavana for young/children mindful activities
 5 -.6.30 pm   

Wesak bhakthi geetha and certificate presentation for Dhaham Pasala
Wesak Dansala
Lighting of lanterns  


Monday, April 27, 2015

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