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, July 21, 2016





Esala Full Moon Poya Program will be held on on Saturday, July 23 , 2016, from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara.  We invite you all to join the program.

The month of July (Esala) is a significant month of many religious observances;   the main significant memories to mark Esala Full Moon Day are listed below:

(1) Queen Maha Maya conceived Bodisattva on Esala Full Moon Poya Day. (Queen Mahā Māyā's Dream)

(2) The great Renunciation (Abhinishkramanaya) also took place on an Esala Full Moon Poya Day. The Prince Siddhartha renounced the lay life and to become an ascetic, in order to find the way out of universal suffering. 

(3) BuddhaPerfectly Enlightened One, delivered His first discourse Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta on the Esala Full Moon Poya Day. Buddha arrived at the deer park of Isipathana (Modarn day, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.) to taught Damma to Ven. Kondañña, Vappa, Bhaddiya, Mahanama and Assaji, the five ascetics. At the end  the discourse, the Ven. Kondañña attained the enlightenment (Sovan), where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence.

(4) The Perfectly Enlighten One, Buddha visited Hevenly world Thusitha, and observed Rains Retreat and discourse the Abhidhamma to the Matru Divyaraja and other devas.

(5) The convocation of the first Buddhist Council (First Dharma Sangayana) was held on the Esala Poya Day under the patronage of King Ajasaththa, three months after the Parinibbana of the Buddha at the  Sattapanni grotto on the Vebhara rock near Rajagaha. It was headed by the Ven Maha Kassapa with the participation of 500 Arahats.   

An additional factor that enhances the value of this poya to Sri Lanka is the first local ordination of a Sri Lankan, when Prince Arittha, the nephew of the king Devamanpiya Tissa, entered the Order of Sangha at Anuradhapura, under Arahat Mahinda.  And also took place the laying of the foundation for the Mahastupa or the Ruwanvelisaya and also its enshrinement of relics by King Dutugemunu.

Devotees   observe Sil, offerings and listen to Dhamma. Georgia Buddhist Vihara has usual Esala Full Moon Poya Day program but this year makes some changes to normal program. Vas Aradanava is the another important activity on this day. This year devout Sujeewa and Sarath Weerasekara family are making necessary arrangement for Vas period in Georgia Buddhist Vihara.

MORNING PROGRAM

7:30 am – 8:30 am : Observance of the eight Precepts, Buddha Puja and Heel Dana.

8:30 am – 9:00 am : Tea & coffee break.

9:00 am – 10:00 am : Vipassana Meditation.

10:00 am - 11:00 am:  Sutra Discussion:  

11:00 am - 11:30 pm : Buddha Puja (MUST Start at 11:00 AM) 

11:30 am – 12:00 Noon: Dana offering to the monks and those who observe eight precepts. 

(Please note: This dana will be totally vegetarian. Please do not bring any meat/fish dishes)

12:00Noon – 1:00pm Luncheon


AFTERNOON PROGRAM

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm : Discussion will be base on Abhidhamma by Dr. Deepta Jayaratne.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm : Dhamma Class for Children. 

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm : Tea & coffee break.

3:30-4:30 pm: Dhamma Desana by Ven. B. Dhammaloka sponsored by Devout family Sanuja & Prasanna Bopitiya. 

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm : Preparation for Atavisi Buddha Puja.

5:00 pm: Deegayu Patthana (Appreciation for senior devotees and blessing for longevity) Organized by Sumudu and Daminda family.  Atavisi Pujava and end of the program. 



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Wednesday, July 20, 2016






Devotees and Friends of the Georgia Buddhist Vihara,

We are happy to announce the dates for the Georgia Buddhist Vihara's 5th annual youth retreat. This year's youth retreat will begin at 7pm on Wednesday, July 21st with a brief orientation for all participants and conclude on the afternoon of , Sunday, July 24. This is a wonderful 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.



Georgia Buddhist Youth  Retreat    

(July 21,22,23 & 24)

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

  • 1:30–3:30 – Abhidhamma session by Dr. Deeptha Jayaratne

  • 3:30–4:00 – 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.

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Family Sponsorship Form 


  • Each sponsoring family will need to arrive at the vihara by 6am 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 after noon.


Saturday, July 16, 2016



The Georgia Buddhist Vihara cordially invites you to participate this year religious activities during  Vas period at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara. This yearKatina Ceremony will be sponsored  by  Weerasekara Family.

Up coming events;

Daily at 7.00 p.m. - Atawisi Buddha Wandana and Sutta chanting

7/21 to 7/24 - Retreat for Teens all day activity.

7/23 - Esala Poya day:

http://www.gavihara.org/2016/07/esala-poya.html

7/23 -  4.30 p.m.  Deegayu pattana -  (Appreciation for senior devotees and blessing for longevity) Organized by Sumudu and Daminda family.

7/31- Katina Sharamadana: "Bodhu Bathiyayi-Shrama Sawiyayi"  Sharamadana Campaign for Clayton, Cobb, Cherokee and Floyd County Devotees.

Organized by: Mr. Kithmin Samaraweera or Dr. Ajith De Silva


The Vas Aradhana was started during the time of the Perfectly Enlighten One, Buddha. Full ordained monastic community (Sangha) all over the world continue, up till the present time to observe this Rains Retreat for three months – from the full moon day in July to the full moon day in October. During this time, they dedicate their time to spiritual activities such as practicing meditation and studying damma thoroughly. This gives an opportunity for lay community to take care of the monastics by offering them food, medicine, cloth, and shelter, and also to participate in spiritual activities more often.

Article about Vas Season (Rains retreat).

https://www.facebook.com/gavihara/




Friday, July 15, 2016


Items to Donate


People often want to bring items with them to donate when they visit. Because people want to donate useful things, we provide this list of things that we use on a regular basis or need at this time.

Household essentials:
Paper plates (Large)  -300
Dessert cups  (Small)  -300
Disposable cups – medium – 300
Disposable Gloves – 10 pkts
Ziploc bags  - 5 pkts (2 sizes)
Paper napkins – 3 pkts
Trash bags -30 and 45 Gal -200 each
Paper Towels – 10 boxes
Kitchen towels
Wash clothes
Glass  food storage container with lid -  10 (Medium size for store dana at the refrigerator)


Foods:
Water bottles –medium –  10
Water bottles – Small -10
Soft drinks -10
Biscuits -5 pkts
Medicines
fish Oil (Omega-3)
Glucosamine
Neosporn wound care
Sarna Anti-itch lotion





Electrical:
LED bulbs -20
LED series bulb sets -10
Wire cords – 5 (100 ft or over)
Rechargeable batteries – AA & AAA – 10 each
Sanitation:
Dishwasher detergent – 3 bottles
Washing Machine detergents (HE) – 5 gals
Shower gel –
Kitchen cleaners
Air freshener
Toilet cleaning items
Exterior Cleaning items
Wipes


Misc:
Exterior Paint – Please contact temple for details
Garage paint – 2 Gals
Lawn Weed killers
Lawn fertilizer
Storage Boxes (Heavy duty) – 10
Tea candles – 500
Push mover -1
Kitchen rugs

Rugs for outside

Thursday, June 9, 2016



Poson Poya Program will be observed on the Saturday, Jun, 25th, 2016 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara.
Our Dhmma youth friends are organizing a blood drive on the  Posn poya day. 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, June 1, 2016


INVOICE
J.Morris Enterprise Llc
3695 F Cascade Rd Suite 2207
Atlanta, Ga 30331
Phone: (404) 668-7796
Email: Jason@jmorrisenterprisellc.com
Web: www.jmorrisenterprisellc.com
Georgia Buddhist
3153 Miller Rd
Lithonia,, Ga 30038
(770) 987-8442
Payment Terms Due upon receipt
Invoice # 000044
Date 06/03/2016


Description Total
Waterproofing $13,300.00
Original normal water waterproofing without big rocks was .... $12,500... discounted. .. $3,000.00
which brings the total to .. $9,500.00.
An additional charge to rent strong backhoe and labor to extract big rock.... $1,200.00
An additional charge of $1,800. To frame retaining wall and 8 yrds of concrete.
An additional charge of $800.00 for 5 yrds of concrete to finish pouring retaining wall received on
June 2nd /2016
Total of. .. $16,300.00
Discounted. . $3,000.00
Total discounted balance .... $13,300.00
Money's received on may 23/ 2016...... $4,500.00
Money's received on may 28th /2016.... $3,000.00
Total Money's received. .. $8,300.00
Balance due is..... $5,000.00
Workmanship is guaranteed for 2 years, cannot guarantee any materials that might defective.
Subtotal $13,300.00
Total $13,300.00

Summary
06/03/2016 Cash Payment $8,300.00
Paid $8,300.00
Amount Due $5,000.00
All workmanship are guaranteed for one year. no guarantee on materials.


Jason Morris                                                                                                     Georgia Buddhist

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Sunday, May 15, 2016



Georgia Buddhist Vihara wishes you a happy and a peaceful Vesak






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.  




Program for Saturday, May 21, 2016


7.30 am  
Observance of the Eight Precepts, for both adult and young; Buddha Pooja and Heel Dana     
8-30am
Wesak Dhamma Deshana
9-30am
Bħavanā
11-00am
Buddha PŪjāva
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 Bodhi
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Talk & Slide presentation/ Q & A session, Abhidhamma (English) - Dr. Deeptha Jayaratne
3:00-4:00pm
Bhavana for young/children mindful activities
4:00 pm   

6:00 pm
7:00 pm

8:00 pm
Wesak bhakthi geetha and certificate presentation for Dhamma School (Dhaham Pasela) 
Evening Buddha Puja

Wesak Dansala

Lighting of lanterns  


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

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