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.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


Poson  Poya Program will be observed on Saturday, Jun, 9th, 2018 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.
(self Serving breakfast)
Tea & coffee break

8:45


10:00

a.m.

Dhamma Desanawa By Ven, Morakandegoda PiyanandaThero

10:00

 –

11:00

a.m.

Bhavana

11:00

 –

11:15

a.m.

Buddha Pooja (Must start @ 11.00)

11:30


12:00

Noon

Dana offering to the Bhanthes and those who observe eight precepts; (Self Serving lunch) 

12:00


1:00

p.m.

Luncheon

Afternoon Program
1:30         
2:30
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

Monday, May 14, 2018




On behalf of the Georgia Buddhist Vihara to invite you to the next day-long  vipassana (mindfulness) meditation retreat on Saturday, May 19 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, explore meditation practices from the Theravada Buddhist tradition, 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 during this retreat will be conducted in English. 

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

MORNING PROGRAM
7:00–7:30am - Arrive and prepare the vihara for the day’s activities
7:30–8:00am: Observance of the Eight Precepts and traditional Buddhist chanting
8:00–9:00am: Breakfast (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
1:30–2:30pm: Vipassana meditation
2:30–3:00pm: Break (coffee/tea) 
3:00–4:30pm: Sutta Discussion led by Ven. Wajirabuddhi Thera. 
·  The sutta/discourse that will be discussed is the What is the purpose? (1. Kimatthiyasutta) found in the Anguttara  Nikaya, discourse # 10-1. You can access the sutta onlineClick here-. Please print and bring a copy of the sutta to the Dhamma discussion.
4:30–5:00pm:  Conclusion - Termination of the Eight Precepts by observing the Five Precepts  

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PLEASE NOTE:
Participants are asked to contribute (i) a light breakfast food (e.g., fruits, bagels, etc.) and (ii) a lunch dish (preferably vegetarian) to share with the resident monks and the retreat participants. It is common practice to bring flowers, candles, or incense to place on the shrine as an offering – you may do so if you wish. It is also 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 resident monks who make the teachings available and to keep the vihara open so that all people are able to practice and learn the Dhamma.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, July 29. 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 the community for meditation instruction and Dhamma discussion on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:30 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

Wednesday, April 25, 2018



Devotees and Friends of the Georgia Buddhist Vihara,

We are happy to announce the dates for the Georgia Buddhist Vihara's 7th annual youth retreat. This year's youth retreat will begin at 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 31st with a brief orientation for all participants and conclude on the afternoon of, Sunday, June 3rd. This is an excellent opportunity for young people to spend dedicated time learning about self-discipline, meditation, Buddhist teachings, and the Buddhist tradition. Young people will learn through first-hand experience the benefits of following the Buddhist path through a period of focused learning and practice.  

The retreat is open to any young person between the ages of 12 and 25 years old. If you are interested in registering for the youth retreat or learning more about the retreat, please contact the Georgia Buddhist Vihara at gbvihara@gmail.com or 770 987 8442.(Youth Retreat Activity photos of 2017)



Georgia Buddhist Youth  Retreat    

(May 31 to June 3rd) 2018

Orientation and Precepts


Brief Orientation begins 
On May 31 (Thursday) at 7.30 pm 

Daily Schedule

  • 5:00–5:30am – Wake Up, Coffee/Tea.

  • 5:30–6:30 – Group Meditation

  • 6:30–7:00 – Buddha Puja

  • 7:00–8:00 – Breakfast (self-service)

  • 8:00–9:00 – Vipassana Meditation

  • 9:00–9:30 – Break, Coffee/Tea

  • 9:30–10:00 – Meditation Instruction

  • 10:00–10:30 – Walking Meditation

  • 10:30–11:00 – Metta Meditation

  • 11:00–11:30 – Buddha Puja

  • 11:30–12:30pm – Lunch

  • 12:30–1:30 – Work Period

  • 1:30–3:00 –Abhidhamma session  

  • 3:00–3:30 – Break, Coffee/Tea

  • 4:00–4:30 – Personal Reading and Reflection

  • 4:30-    5:30- Sutta Discussion     

  • 5:30–6:00 – Prepare for Temple visitation

  • 6:00–7:30 – Temple Visits

  • 7:30–8:30 – Atavisi Buddha Pujawa, Group Chanting (selected Sutra with English meanings) Metta Meditation

  • 8:30–9:00 – Journal Writing; Prepare for Bed

  • 9:00–Lights Out
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General Guidelines for Retreat Participants

What Not to Bring

  • Do not bring illicit drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products.

  • Do not bring personal computers, personal gaming systems, cell phones, mp3 players, electronic musical devices, radios, musical instruments, newspapers, magazines and secular books to the center. Buddhist reading materials will be provided.

  • Do not bring clothing with distracting lettering.

  • Do not wear perfumes or deodorants with strong scents.

  • Do not bring pets.
What to Bring
  • Flashlight

  • Sleeping Bag, Pillow, Towel (shower facilities are available)

  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, razors)

  • Bring a cup (for tea/coffee and water), a plate, and a spoon and fork for eating.

  • Ear plugs if you are a light sleeper

  • Personal meditation cushion if you prefer (We have plenty of zafus, zabutans, and benches for everyone)

  • Modest clothing. (Even in the warmest of weather, tank tops and short shorts are not acceptable.) Do not bring t-shirts with commercial or political messages. You are requested to wear white clothing, if possible.

  • Work gloves, cleaning gloves, breathing mask (if working outside causes breathing problems) for the work period.
  • Each participant should complete entire program to be obtained a  certificate 


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Family Sponsorship 


  • Each sponsoring family will need to arrive at the vihara by 6 am on their designated day in order to prepare the morning meal for the monks and retreat participants.

  • Sponsoring families will also be responsible for preparing the lunch meal.

  • Sponsoring families will be responsible for preparing evening nutrition and leaving it for the participants to consume later in the evening.

  • It is preferred that sponsors adhere to the following guidelines for providing meals during the retreat period:

    • All meals should be vegetarian.

    • Food for the morning meal should be light and consist of cereal, oatmeal, muffins, bagels, fruit, yogurt, or pancakes.

    • Food for the lunch meal should be more substantial since this will be the primary meal until the next morning meal.

    • Evening nutrition could consist of homemade juices, milkshakes, soup, etc. Please be mindful that retreat participants have taken the 10 precepts which stipulate that no solid, substantial food should be taken an afternoon.  

Friday, April 20, 2018


Wesak Program of Georgia Buddhist Vihara, Inc



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. 


 Wesak Program will be held on May, 5th 2018 at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara, Inc
7.30 am  
Observance of the Eight Precepts, for both adult and young; Buddha Pooja and Heel Dana     
8-30am
 Significant of Wesak by Bhante Wajirabodhi
9-30am
Bħavanā
11-00am
Buddha Pujāva
11-20am
Dana offering to the monks and those who observe eight precepts.
12-00 noon
Luncheon
1-.2pm
Dhamma  Q & A session 1-1.30 for children by Bhante Buddhi Thero
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Wesak Bhana by Bhante Dhammaloka
3:00-4:00pm
Bhavana for young/children mindful activities
4:00 pm
6:00pm 

 
Dhamma School program

Speeches by Dhamma School children.
Wesak bhakthi geetha
Presentation of certificates for Dhamma School and annual youth retreat participants.
Wesak Dansala
Maha Pahan Pujawa
Wesak kudu, (lanterns) 








Monday, April 9, 2018


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Every year Sri Lanka celebrates the New Year which falls on the 14th  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 and the prosperity as well. 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 Sri Lankan New Year Celebrations at 10.00 A.M. on Saturday 14th April 2018 at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara, Lithonia GA.

Agenda:
10.00 am Arrival
11.00 am Buddha Puja11.30 am Dana for the Maha Sangha12.00 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


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Bak  Poya Program will be observed on Saturday, April, 7th, 2018 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.
(self Serving breakfast)
Tea & coffee break

8:45


10:00

a.m.

Vipassana Meditation By Ven, Panamwela Wajirabuddhi Thero

10:00

 –

11:00

a.m.

Sathipattana Meditation  

11:00

 –

11:15

a.m.

Buddha Pooja (Must start @ 11.00)

11:30


12:00

Noon

Dana offering to the Bhanthes and those who observe eight precepts; (Self Serving lunch) 

12:00


1:00

p.m.

Luncheon

Afternoon Program
1:30         
2:30

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

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