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 2000 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Friday, October 7, 2011


Annual Kathina Maha Pinkama 


Katina refers to the offering of  a special robe (katina civara) carefully prepared by  pious laity and presented by them to monks who have completed the three-month period of retreat called Vas in Sinhala and Vassana in Pali (literally, ‘the period of rain’).  Katina literally means ‘firm’ or ‘solid,’ as the offering of a Katina robe helps one to earn good, solid karma. The Katina Ceremony has a history spanning more than 2500 years.  A special element of the Katina robe offering   is that it is not offered to an individual monk, but to the entire community of Sangha; to all noble disciples of the Buddha --  and not only to enlightened ones, but also to those monks yet to be enlightened.  The Katina robe can be offered only during a specified period at the end of the rains retreat, between the full-moon day of October and the full-moon day of November. It is a monastic tradition long preserved and observed by Buddhists all over the world, and is highly revered as a unique, once-yearly opportunity to acquire merit. Georgia Buddhist Vihara will celebrate Kathina on October 22nd 23rd. ( below is the full program)This year Kathina Pinkama is sponsored by devout devotee; Mr and Mrs. Janaka and Nishani De Silva. You are invited to attend this meritorious Pinkama.

SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY OCTOMBER- 22

7: 30 AM: Observance of the Eight Precepts (children and young adult welcome to observe Precepts)

8:15 am: Heel Dana

9: 15-11:00 am: Bhavana

11 am: Buddha Pujawa

1:00pm to 3: 00 pm: Abhidhamma lesson By Dr. Deeptha Jayaratne

3: oo pm: Break

3:15 pm to 4:30pm: Dharmadeshanawa

4: 30 pm to 5:30 Pm: Sutra Discussion (click here)

5:50 pm to 7:30 pm: Atavishi Buddha Pujawa, and Pirith chanting.


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SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY OCTOMBER -23

7:30 am: Buddha Pujawa, and Heel Dana

9: am to 10: am: Bhavana

10: 30 am: Pindapata

11: am: Buddha Pujawa

What should  you bring for the Dana Please click on this link {Click Here}

11: 30 am: Lunch (Dana) while monks are having Dana devotees will join into Kathina Robe procession.

12 noon: Offering of the Kathina robe by Mr. and Mrs. Janka and Nishani de silva.

Luncheon and Kathinanisansa Dharmadeshanawa.

2:30 to 3: pm: End of the program.

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