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.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Friday, April 15, 2016




In the fifth year of becoming Buddha, He, perceived with His Divine Eye, a dispute was brewing in the island of Sri Lanka, between the two Naga factions between the two Naga communities under the Kings Chulodara and Mahodara. According to Mahawamsa – the great chronicle was that Mahodara, was the ruler of the Naga Kingdom of the sea. His younger sister was given in marriage to a Naga King who was residing on Kannavaddhana mountain. Her son's name was Chulodara.His mother's father had given to his  mother a   valuable magnificent Gem studded throne.A dispute arose this ultimately ended with a battle between the uncle and nephew. Both were engaged in a tussle to own the Gem studded throne.It was on Bak full moon Poya Day the Enlightened One visited Nagadeepa in Northern Sri Lanka to settle the dispute, as peace-maker and preached His Dhamma to the Naga community. This was his second visit to the blessed Sri lanka. The Buddha visited Sri Lanka, accompanied by a deity or deva namely Samiddhisumana.


Madin Poya Program will be observed on the Saturday, 
April, 30, 2016 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Georgia 
Buddhist Vihara. We invite you all to join the program.


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 (Must start @ 11.00)
11:30
12:00
nn
Dana offering to the monks and those who observe 
eight precepts
12:00
1:00
p.m.
Luncheon
Afternoon Program
1:00
2:30
p.m.
Sutra Discussion 
2:30
2:45
p.m.
Tea & coffee break
2.45
5:30
p.m.
Discussion (base on Abhidhamma) by Dr. Deepta Jayaratne


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

Wednesday, March 30, 2016



Every year Sri Lanka celebrates the Sinhala and Tamil New Year which falls on the 13th  of April. The Sri Lankan New Year is a time where family and friends come together to celebrate and participate in traditional events associated with the beginning of a new year. There are many different events that are carried out at auspicious times during this festive season. Boiling milk over a clay pot signifies the welcoming of the New Year. The New Year festivities commence with the traditional lighting of the oil lamp. Gifts such as new clothes and money are exchanged and the entire family gathers around the dining table where traditional food such as kiribath (milk rice) and other delicacies are shared. Activities such as pin the tail on the elephant, sack race and tug of war are some of the games that are enjoyed by both the young and the old during the New Year celebrations.

On behalf of the Georgia Buddhist Vihara and Sri Lankan Community in Georgia, We wish all our friends and well-wishers a very happy Sinhala & Tamil New Year and cordially invite you all to the Sinhala & Tamil New Year Celebrations at 10.00 A.M. on Saturday 10th April 2016 at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara, Lithonia GA.

Agenda:

10.00 am Arrival
11.00 am Buddha Puja
11.30 am Dana for the Maha Sangha
12.00 nn  Lunch for laity

01.00 pm Celebration Assembly Lighting the traditional oil lamp and Pirth Desana. 
01.30 pm Sigiti avurudu:  Performing  by Sunday school children


Thursday, March 17, 2016


Madin Poya Program will be observed on the Saturday, 
March 26, 2016 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Georgia 
Buddhist Vihara. We invite you all to join the program.





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 (Must start @ 11.00)
11:30
12:00
nn
Dana offering to the monks and those who observe 
eight precepts
12:00
1:00
p.m.
Luncheon
Afternoon Program
1:00
2:30
p.m.
Sutra Discussion 
2:30
2:45
p.m.
Tea & coffee break
2.45
5:30
p.m.
Discussion (base on Abhidhamma) by Dr. Deepta Jayaratne


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



Thursday, February 18, 2016



Navam  Poya Program will be observed on the Saturday, 
Feb 27, 2016 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Georgia 
Buddhist Vihara. We invite you all to join the program.

1. A large assembly of sangha for the first time. 
2. Appointment of Buddha’s two chief disciples.
3. The recital of the Ovada Patimokkha.






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 


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



Tuesday, February 2, 2016





I am writing on behalf of the Georgia Buddhist Vihara to invite you to the next day-long Vipassana (mindfulness) meditation retreat on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 7:30am to 5pm. This one-day meditation retreat will be held at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara (3153 Miller Road, Lithonia, GA 30038). This one-day retreat is a great way to strengthen and enrich your spiritual practice, receive meditation instructions, and explore firsthand the benefits of mindfulness meditation. 

This retreat is open to everyone - those who are new to meditation as well as those who are experienced meditators. All meditation instructions and discussions will be conducted in English. 

The following is a schedule of the day's events:

MORNING PROGRAM
7:007:30am - Arrive at the vihara and prepare the space
7:30–8:00am: Observance of the Eight Precepts and traditional Buddhist chanting
8:00–9:00amBreakfast (as a group) and clean-up
9:00–10:00am: 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
1:30–2:30pmVipassana meditation
2:30–3:00pmBreak (coffee/tea) 
3:00–4:30pm: Sutta Discussion led by Ven. Wajirabuddhi Thera. 
  • The sutta that will be discussed is the Mahāsāropa Sutta (The Greater Discourse on the Simile of the Heartwood) - Majjhima Nikaya #29. You can access the sutta online at Sutta Central here - https://suttacentral.net/en/mn29 (this is the Bhikkhu Bodhi translation from Wisdom Publication's The Middle Length Discourses). Please bring a copy of the sutta to the Dhamma discussion.
4:305:00pm:  Conclusion - Termination of the Eight Precepts by observing 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. It is also a common practice to bring flowers, candles, or incense to place on the shrine as an offering. It is customary in the Theravadan tradition for those observing the eight precepts to wear white clothing to signify purification of morality, though this is not a requirement for attendance.

During this special time, please consider making a monetary donation to the vihara as a way of helping 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 the Dhamma.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 6. I request 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 this program or other programs offered by the Georgia Buddhist Vihara, please feel free to contact me by email at justinhowell2112@gmail.com

I hope that you will be able to join us for this auspicious day. 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 encourage you to join us for meditation instruction 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

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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

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Significance of Duruthu;



Duruthu Full Moon Poya a very important  Day for Sri Lankan. It marks Gautama Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka. Twenty-five centuries back, nine months after his Enlightenment, the lord Gautama Buddha one visited Mahiyangana, in the Province of  Uva  in  Sri Lanka. His main intention was to restore peace and harmony, to create a state of freedom from war or violence. The old chronicle Mahavamsa records and states "To free the beautiful land from the evil doing Yakkas". On his first visit to Sri Lanka, the lord Buddha  one, arrived at a spot, where now stand the Mahiyangana stupa. When the great teacher - the Buddha was to depart after the conversion of the Yakkas of Bintenna, Mahiyangana area, for which purpose he had arrived, Sumana - a titular deity who posses a certain title or position but no real authority of this region, requested the Buddha to give him - Deity Sumana, a souvenir to which he could pay his offerings and homage. Thereupon, the Gautama Buddha, the Great Master, offered Deity Sumana, some locks of his hair. He placed it in an urn as a valuable Relic in the Mahiyangana Stupa.

The battle gangs were sounded the battle drums beaten. The Yakkas poised for combat when they noticed a stranger in yellow robes - Lord Buddha appearing in the midst. The Yakkahs fled to the nearby jungles. Later, a few of them returned. They listened to Buddha’s Discourse. They laid aside their battle axes and paid reverence to Gautama Buddha. Having preached his message of PEACE, restored calm among the Yakkas, the incomparable one, returned to Jambudipa or India.
The focus of Duruthu ceremonial is centered round Kelaniya, the hollowed ground where the annual Duruthu Perahera is conducted by the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya. The historic vihara stands on a small mount just by the Southern Bank of Kelani river.

After Buddha passed away at Kusinara, in India, the Arahat Sarabhu Maha Thera, brought the collar-bone Relic of Gautama Buddha, and deposited it in the Mahiyangana Thupa. The Prince Uddachulabhaya, brother of King Devanampiyatissa, further enlarged the stupa.


Duruthu Poya Program will be observed on the Saturday, 
Jan 30, 2016 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm at the 
Georgia Buddhist Vihara.  We invite you all to join the program.

Please Note: Lunch Dana will organize on behalf of the  departed Ms Tamara Jayatilake at the Vihara on Jan, 30.   for further details, please contact Kisa and luminda family (770) 516-2923


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

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