Youth Retreat 2019

Youth Retreat 2019




Devotees and Friends of the GBV,

We are happy to announce the dates for the Georgia Buddhist Vihara's 8th annual youth retreat. This year's youth retreat will commence on Wednesday, May 29th with a brief orientation for all participants and conclude on Saturday, June 1st. 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.

Please download the Retreat application for the GBV 2019.

Georgia Buddhist Youth  Retreat    (May 29th to June 1st, 2019)

Brief Orientation begins
On May 29th (Wednesday) 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 –Dhamma  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 the 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.

Vesak Celebration 2019 on Saturday, May 18th

Vesak 2019 will be celebrated on Saturday, May 18th, 2019, from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara. We invite you all to join the program.




The Vesak 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. Vesak full moon day has been for centuries regarded as the Buddha Day. For it was on a Vesak 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 Kushinara. The Buddhists all over the world celebrate with devotion the Triple Anniversary of Vesak. To a true follower of the Buddha, there is no greater day than Vesak day which also symbolizes peace, love, compassion, and piety.




Morning Program
7:30 am Observance of the Eight Precepts, for both adult and young; Buddha Pooja and Heel Dana
8:30 am Significant of Vesak by Bhante Wajirabudddhi 
9:30 am Bhāvanā by Bhanthe Deepankara
11:00 am Buddha Pooja
11:30 am Dana offering to the Bhanthes and those who observe eight precepts.
12:00 nn Lunch Break
Afternoon Program
1:00 pm Dhamma Q & A session for children by Bhante Deepankara
2:00 pm Vesak Damma Talk by Bhante Dhammaloka
4:30 pm Vesak Celebration Program by Dhamma School children
 
Dress Code -  White Lama Saree for girls and white national for boys. ( White Pants and a shirt for Boys acceptable if you do not have a white National ) 

*  Dress code for parents -  White 

 *   Printed Bhakthi Gee lyrics will be provided ( No need for parents to print) for Kids.


1.Muditha Group  - ( Grade K - 3 )       Bhakthi Gee - Peli Peli sedi

2   Karuna Group       ( Grade 4-6 )      Bhakthi Gee -  Bo Athu Ithi Neni Nemi 

3   Metta Group       ( Grade 7- up)       Bhakthi Gee -  Meth Mal Pibidewa

4   Parents             ( Grade ??? )           Bhakthi Gee   -   Dhanno Budunge and Jayasiri ma    

Bring Flowers for Evening Pooja  
*  If possible bring a Vesak lantern. 

Please ensure that the kids have a full lunch as we will only provide a small snack before the program starts 

6:00Pm    Wesak Dansala

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Remembering the Departed of the Easter Sunday Attacks in Sri Lanka at 5:00 pm on Sunday 28th

Remembering the Departed of the Easter Sunday Attacks in Sri Lanka at 5:00 pm on Sunday 28th, April 2019 at Georgia Buddhist Vihara





Please join us in extending our deepest sympathy to those individuals who lost loved ones in this past weekend's bomb attacks that targeted multiple locations across Sri Lanka. These attacks targeted innocent worshipers and foreigners. The Georgia Buddhist Vihara will conduct a special religious program on Sunday, April 28 at 5:00 pm. This special ceremony will be held in observance of the seventh day after the attacks, in accordance with Buddhist practice. We welcome the community to join us to share our condolences with those family members and friends who lost loved ones in this devastating attack and transfer merits to these departed friends and loved ones.

Please note that we will conduct interfaith services for the departed, please bring flowers, for further details, you may contact Mr. Kumara  4045128361 and Dr. Ajith 7705459947

5:00 pm - Welcome speech and video presentation
5:15 pm - Interfaith services, Buddhist, Catholic, Jewish, Islam, and Hindu
6:00 pm - Extending condolences by city officials and friends
7:00 pm - candle lights and serving snacks


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Bak Poya Program on April 27th

Bak Poya Program will be observed on

Saturday, April 27th, 2019, from 7:30 am to 6:00 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
(Self Serving)
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Bhavana by Bhante Wajirabuddhi
9:45 –10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 –11:00 a.m. Dhamma Desanawa by Bhante Deepankara
11:00 –11:15 a.m. Buddha Pooja (Must start @ 11.00)
11:30 –12:00 nn Dana offering to the Bhantes and those who observe eight precepts
12:00 –1:00 p.m. Luncheon
Afternoon Program 
1:00 – 3:45 p.m. Sutra Discussion by Bhante Deepankara
(PDF Link in Pali-Sinhala, Please bring your favorite reading device)
3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Tea & coffee break
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Dhamma Discussion (in Sinhala by Bhante Wajirabuddhi) 
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Dhamma Discussion (in English by Bhante Deepankara)
6:00 p.m. Termination of the Sil and Gilanpasa Puja

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Sri Lankan New Year 2019




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 the Sri Lankan Community in Georgia,
We wish all our friends and well-wishers a very happy Sinhala & Tamil New Year and cordially invite you to the Sri Lankan New Year Celebrations at 10.00 A.M. on Saturday 14th April 2018 at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara, Lithonia GA.

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Agenda
Time Event
10:00 am Arrival and preparation
11:00 am Buddha Puja11.30 am
11.30 am Dana for the Maha Sangha
12:00 nn Lunch Break
1:00 pm Celebration Assembly Lighting the traditional oil lamp and Pirith Desana
2:00 pm Singiti Avurudu: Performing by Sunday School Children

Madin Poya Program on March 9th

Madin Poya Program will be observed on

Saturday, March 9th, 2019, from 7:30 am to 6:00 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 (Self Serving)
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Bhavana by Bhante Deepankara
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. break
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Dhamma Desanawa By Bhante Piyananda
11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Buddha Pooja (Must start @ 11.00)
11:30 – 12:00 nn Dana offering to the Bhantes and those who observe eight precepts
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Luncheon
Afternoon Program.
1:00 – 3:45 p.m. Sutra Discussion Bhante Deepankara/Bhante Piyananda
3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Tea & coffee break
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Dhamma Discussion (in Sinhala by Bhante Bodhi
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Dhamma Discussion (in English by Bhante Deepankara)
6:00 p.m. Termination of the Sil and Gilanpasa Puja

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Navam Poya Program on February 9th

Navam Poya Program will be observed on

Saturday, Feb 9th, 2019, from 7:30 am to 6:00 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 (Self Serving)
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Bhavana by Bhante Deepankara
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. break
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Dhamma Desanawa By Ven, Morakandegoda Piyananda Thero
11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Buddha Pooja (Must start @ 11.00)
11:30 – 12:00 nn Dana offering to the Bhanthes and those who observe eight precepts;
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Luncheon
Afternoon Program.
1:00 – 3:15 p.m. Sutra Discussion Bhanthe Deepankara.
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Tea & coffee break
3.30 – 5:30 p.m. Dhamma Discussion
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Termination of the Sil and Gilanpasa Puja

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Duruthu Poya Program on January 19th

Duruthu Poya Program will be observed on

Saturday, Jan 19th, 2019, 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 (Self Serving)
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Tea & coffee break
8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Dhamma Desanawa By Ven, Morakandegoda Piyananda Thero
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Bhavana by Bhante Deepankara
11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Buddha Pooja (Must start @ 11.00)
11:30 – 12:00 nn Dana offering to the Bhanthes and those who observe eight precepts;
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Luncheon
Afternoon Program.
1:00 – 3:15 p.m. Sutra Discussion Bhanthe Deepankara.
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Tea & coffee break
3.30 – 5:00 p.m. Dhamma Discussion
5:00 – 5:15 p.m. Termination of the Sil and Gilanpasa Puja

Unduvap Poya Program on December 8th

Unduvap  Poya Program will be observed on Saturday, Dec  8, 2018, from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara. We invite you all to join the program.








"Sabbitiyo Vivajjantu 
Sabbarogo Vinassatu 
Mate Bhavattvan Tarayo 
Sukhi Dighayuko Bhava"

"May all misfortunes be warded off
May all ailments cease
May no calamities befall on us
May you live long in peace"

Morning Program

7:30


8:30

 a.m.

Observance of the eight Precepts, Buddha Puja and Heel Dana (Self Serving)
8:30
8:45
 a.m.
Tea & coffee break
8:45
9:45
 a.m.
Dhamma Desanawa By Ven, Morakandegoda Piyananda Thero
10:00
11:00
 a.m.
Bhavana  by Bhante Deepankara 
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
  -       3:15p.m.
Sutra Discussion  MN20 (විතක්ක සණ්ඨාන සූත්‍රය)
 Bhante Wajirabodhi and Bhanthe Deepankara.  
3:15
3:30
 p.m.
Tea & coffee break
3.30
5:00
 p.m.
Dhamma Discussion (base on Abhidhamma) by Dr. Deepta Jayaratne


5:15
 p.m.
Termination of the Sil and Gilanpasa Puja

Bhante Wajirabodhi - 30th Ordination

50th Birthday and 30 years of Higher Ordination felicitation ceremony - Ven Panamwela Wajirabbodhi Thero

Invitation


You all are cordially invited to the Venerable Panamwela Wajirabodhi Thero's 50th Birthday and 30 years of higher ordination ceremony. Bhanthe Wajirabodhi was born in Panamwela village in the Matara District. He ordained as Samanera in 1980 at the Padhanagra Maha Vihara, the Dharmadutashrama College, Colombo 9, under the guidance of the late Dr. Parawahera Pangnananda Nayaka Thera. After completing his monastic studies, he entered to the University of Keleniya, obtained B.A degree, an MA degree from Buddhist and Pali University.  Since 2003 he is living in Georgia Buddhist Vihara as a resident monk and vice-abbot.

Venerable monks and devotees of the Georgia Buddhist Vihara are organizing an appreciation and gratification ceremony for him on Saturday, 24th, November.

Date: November  24, 2018, at 4.00 p.m. (after Sunday School)

A special pinkama will be held with appreciation, blessing chanting pirith.

Katina Dharma Deshana

All Dhamma Deshana will be available here.
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