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.

Sunday, March 15, 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, March 28, 2014 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:

MORNING PROGRAM

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

8:00–8:45am: Breakfast (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

AFTERNOON PROGRAM

12:45–1:30pm: Walking meditation

1:30–2:30pm: Vipassana meditation

2:30–3:00pm: Break (coffee/tea)

3:00–4:30pm: Sutta Discussion led by Ven. Wajirabuddhi Thera. The topic of the discussion will be the Nivapa Sutta (The Simile of the Deer Feeder Discourse) - Majjhima Nikaya #25. You can access the sutta online here: http://www.metta.lk/tipitaka/2Sutta-Pitaka/2Majjhima-Nikaya/Majjhima1/025-nivapa-sutta-e1.html. 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
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PLEASE NOTE:
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, March 28 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 (justinhowell2112@gmail.com)

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 once a month 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…

Justin Howell
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Justin Howell
Cell phone: 404.375.0264

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever."  -M. Gandhi

"You can't lead the people if you don't LOVE the people. You can't save the people if you won't SERVE the people."  - Cornel West

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Madin Poya Program will be observed on the Sunday, March 15th, 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
7:30
8:30
a.m.
Observance of the eight Precepts, Buddha Puja and Heel Dana
8:30
8:45
a.m.
Tea & coffee break
8:45
10:00
a.m.
Vipassana Meditation By Ven, Panamwela Wajirabuddhi Thero
10:00
11:00
a.m.
Sathipattana Meditation Discussion
11:00
11:30
a.m.
Buddha Pooja
11:30
12:00
noon
Dana offering to the monks and those who observe eight precepts
12:00
1:00
p.m.
Luncheon
Afternoon Program
1:00
3:30
p.m.
Discussion (base on Abhidhamma) by Dr. Deepta Jayaratne
3:30
3:45
p.m.
Tea & coffee break
3.45
5:30
p.m.
Sutra Discussion 


5:30
p.m.
Termination of the Sil and Gilanpasa Puja


Monday, February 16, 2015


Nawam Poya Program will be observed on the Saturday, February 21st, 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
7:30
8:30
a.m.
Observance of the eight Precepts, Buddha Puja and Heel Dana
8:30
8:45
a.m.
Tea & coffee break
8:45
10:00
a.m.
Vipassana Meditation By Ven, Panamwela Wajirabodhi Thero
10:00
11:00
a.m.
Sathipattana Meditation Discussion
11:00
11:30
a.m.
Buddha Pooja
11:30
12:00
noon
Dana offering to the monks and those who observe eight precepts
12:00
1:00
p.m.
Luncheon
Afternoon Program
1:00
3:30
p.m.
Discussion (base on Abhidhamma) by Dr. Deepta Jayaratne
3:30
3:45
p.m.
Tea & coffee break
3.45
5:30
p.m.
Sutra Discussion: Maratajjaniya Sutta (link)


5:30
p.m.
Termination of the Sil and Gilanpasa Puja


Thursday, January 8, 2015


Duruthu Poya Program will be observed on the Sunday, January 25th, 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
7:30
8:30
a.m.
Observance of the eight Precepts, Buddha Puja and Heel Dana
8:30
8:45
a.m.
Tea & coffee break
8:45
10:00
a.m.
Vipassana Meditation By Ven, Panamwela Wajirabodhi Thero
10:00
11:00
a.m.
Sathipattana Meditation Discussion
11:00
11:30
a.m.
Buddha Pooja
11:30
12:00
noon
Dana offering to the monks and those who observe eight precepts
12:00
1:00
p.m.
Luncheon
Afternoon Program
1:00
3:30
p.m.
Discussion (base on Abhidhamma) by Dr. Deepta Jayaratne
3:30
3:45
p.m.
Tea & coffee break
3.45
5:30
p.m.
Sutra Discussion: Maratajjaniya Sutta (link)


5:30
p.m.
Termination of the Sil and Gilanpasa Puja



Wednesday, January 7, 2015




  • The Gautama Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka. (nine months after his Enlightenment, the Blessed One visited Mahiyangana, in the Uva Province of Sri Lanka. His mission was to restore peace, to create a state of freedom from war or violence.)

  • The Gautama Buddha,  offered Deity Sumana, some locks of hair. He placed it in an urn as a valuable Relic in the Mahiyangana Stupa.

  • the Buddha’s second visit was to Nagadipa, in the Jaffna District. The Awakened One, Buddha, visited Nagadipa, to settle a dispute between Mahodara and Chulodara, uncle and nephew respectively, who were about to wase war, to gain the ownership of a gem studded thrine. Buddha, saw this and arrived in Nagadipa, emphasizing the value of harmony and ill-effects of hatred and settled the dispute without blood-shed.

Friday, December 26, 2014


Georgia Buddhist Vihara warmly invites you, your families, and friends to spend the New Year with us with thoughts of loving kindness, and to confer blessings, For good health and happiness.


The New Year is the time to open the door to new beginnings and new resolves, new hopes with positive thoughts of kindness, forgiveness and compassion.

May all beings be happy, and content - May all be free from suffering, fear, and anxiety!

May all your wishes come true - May you remain healthy and peaceful!

Our Program for the day:
January 1st 2015

10.30 a.m.   Gathering
11.00 a.m.  – Buddha Pooja
11.30 a.m.  – Dana for the monks  
12.00 n.n.   – Lunch to all participants
  1.00 p.m.  – Dharma Deshana delivered by Ven Aluthgama Chandananda Thero
                       and simultaneously 
                      Dhamma Class for children conduct by Dr. Deepta Jayaratne
  2.00 pm  – Pirit Chanting            
  



Friday, November 28, 2014


Unduvap Poya Program will be observed on the Sunday, December 7th, 2014 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
7:30
8:30
a.m.
Observance of the eight Precepts, Buddha Puja and Heel Dana
8:30
8:45
a.m.
Tea & coffee break
8:45
10:00
a.m.
Vipassana Meditation By Ven, Panamwela Wajirabodhi Thero
10:00
11:00
a.m.
Sathipattana Meditation Discussion
11:00
11:30
a.m.
Buddha Pooja
11:30
12:00
noon
Dana offering to the monks and those who observe eight precepts
12:00
1:00
p.m.
Luncheon
Afternoon Program
1:00
3:30
p.m.
Discussion (base on Abhidhamma) by Dr. Deepta Jayaratne
3:30
3:45
p.m.
Tea & coffee break
3.45
5:30
p.m.


5:30
p.m.
Termination of the Sil and Gilanpasa Puja


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