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.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018


Schedule for Two-day Vassana Retreat

At Georgia Buddhist Vihara 3153 Miller Road, Lithonia, GA 30038

  Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018  

from 8:00am - 5:00pm 

Led by Bhante Seelananda from Bhavana Society WV 

Dear Participants,
Please take your breakfast prior to arrival at the Vihara. Monks will have their breakfast early due to for the time-consuming matter. Recommended arrival time is 7:30 am.


September 8 Saturday

AM 

8:00   = Observance of Precepts and guided meditation
9:00   = Short Break
9:15   = Guided walking meditation
10:00 = Sitting meditation
11:00 = Buddha puja.
11:15 = Lunch & break {Five monks will be for the lunch Dana}
12:30 = Dhamma discussion among the practitioners

PM 

1:30   =  Presentation of what discussed and Mindful chanting
2:00   = Dhamma talk
3:00   = Tea break
3:30   = Original Sutta study/Dhamma discussion
4:30   = Sitting meditation/Guided meditation for Metta
5:00   = Sharing merit with all beings /End.

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September 9 Sunday  

AM 

8:00   = Observance of Precepts and guided meditation
9:00   = Short Break
9:15   = Guided walking meditation
10:00 = Sitting meditation
11:00 = Buddha puja and lunch {Only Bhante Seelananda will be for the lunch, Dana}

PM 

12:30 = Dhamma discussion among the participants
1:30   = Presentation of what discussed among the groups
2:00   = Dhamma talk
3:00   = Tea break
3:30   = Sutta discussion
4:30   = Sitting meditation
5:00   = Sharing merit and end.

Venerable Seelananda Thero was born and bred in Sri Lanka as a Theravada monk. Having received the invitation extended from American Sri Lankan Buddhist Association of New York he came to the U.S. for the dissemination of the Dhamma in 2002. Bhante Seelananda, along with his friends, established a meditation Center named “Samatha Vipassana Meditation Centre” in Edmonton Canada. Ven. Seelananda continues to lead retreats at the Bhavana Society and worldwide. Some Dhamma talks by Bhante Seelananda can be found in Internet Archive.

Sunday, August 12, 2018



Nikin Poya Program will be observed on Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara. We invite you all to join the program.


Venerable Heenbunne Kondanna Thero will be conducting the Nikini Poya Program.  It can be more beneficial for the children. Children Sil Program will start at 8; 30 am till 2:30 pm.   


Bhante Kondañña is a Sri Lankan Buddhist Monk. He received his novice ordination in 1968, his monastic training in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and a BA in Buddhist Philosophy from University of Kelaniya also in Sri Lanka. In 1985, he came to the USA to participate and also provide his helpful skills and services at the New York Buddhist Vihara. During that time, the dignified Kondanna began to attend classes at CUNY and now holds a BS in Social Work. Moreover, in 1997, he obtained a MSW from Fordham University in New York.  Bhante Kondanna believes that human beings should grow up having a spiritual foundation. He hopes that his contributions, experiences, and philosophy enrich and enhance the lives of everyone here in New York City, and wherever he wishes to bring his proficiencies.

Program

8:30 am-8:45am -Observance of the eight Precepts, for adult and children/ Buddha Puja and Heel Dana.

8:45am- 9:15am-(self Serving breakfast)
Tea & coffee break

9:15am-10: 15am- 1.Dhamma Desanawa in Sinhala By Ven,  Piyananda Thero 
                               2: Children program by Ven, Kondanna Thero
10-15:am-11am- Bhavana for all (adult and especially for the Children) by Bhante Kondanna                       Thero

11:00am-Buddha Pooja (Must start @ 11.00)
Dana offering to the Bhanthes and those who observe eight precepts; (Self Serving lunch) 

12: noon-Luncheon

1:30- 2:30 Activities for the  for the children by Konddanna Thero; 
  Sutra Discussion   By Bhante Wajrabodhi 
2:30-2:45   Tea & coffee break

2.45-5:30- Discussion with Bhante Kondanna Thero 
Termination of the Sil and Gilanpasa Puja




Saturday, August 4, 2018




This Rains Retreat season, Atavisi Buddha Puja is live-streamed on YouTube on every evening. Devotees can continue to follow this event at home with family. 



Thursday, July 26, 2018




Rains Retreat Observance Invitation
(Vas Ārādhanā)



The Georgia Buddhist Vihara cordially invites you to participate this year Vas Aradhana (Rains Retreat Invitation) for resident monks on  Saturday, July 28th, 2018 from 5:45 pm to 6:45 p.m. at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara. This year Vas Aradhana will be performed by  Niroshena & Erosha Jayawardena family.

 Agenda:
 5:40pm - Gathering & Preparation
 6.00pm - Observing precepts and worship
 6:30pm - Rains Retreat Invitation ceremony
 6:45pm - Anusasana


Atavisi Buddha Vandana Sign up Sheet

Atavisi Buddha Puja is offering obeisance to 28 past Buddhas including the present Gautama Buddha. This ancient devotional practice increases our affinity with infinite virtues of Buddhas and deepens and our commitment on the Path. In this event, we recite the names of past 28 Buddhas and make offerings to them individually. Traditionally this is performed to bring health, prosperity, and success.

We perform Atavisi Buddha Puja all three months in this Rains Retreat season. Please bring your family and friends to participate. Please arrive at the temple by 6:45 PM EST.

The devotees who bring Dana in the evening for the following day could sign up for the Atavisi Buddha Puja for the same evening.

This Rains Retreat season, we live stream Atavisi Buddha Puja on YouTube in every evening. That way one can continue to follow the "Sutta Deshana" that we are planning to discuss every day. 

Georgia Buddhist vihara YouTube live streaming link.

Atavisi Buddha Vandana Sign up Sheet

Thursday, July 5, 2018



Esala Poya Program will be observed on Saturday, July 28, 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 Piyananda Thero

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


Rains Retreat Observance Invitation
(Vas Ārādhanā)



The Georgia Buddhist Vihara cordially invites you to participate this year Vas Aradhana (Rains Retreat Invitation) for resident monks on  Saturday, July 28th, 2018 from 5:45 pm to 6:45 p.m. at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara. This year Vas Aradhana will be performed by  Niroshena & Erosha Jayawardena family.

Vas Season (Rains Retreat) was started during the time of the Buddha, the Awakened One. Full ordained monastics all over the world continue, up till the present time to observe this Rains Retreat or Monsoon Season Retreat for three months – from the full moon day in July to the Katina Ceremony. During this time, they dedicate their time to spiritual activities such as practicing meditation and studying Dhamma thoroughly. This gives an opportunity for Buddhist community to take care of the monastics by offering them food, drinks, medicine, etc. and also to participate in spiritual activities more often.

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.  

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