Annual Youth Retreat 2022

Devotees and Friends of the Georgia Buddhist Vihara,

We are happy to announce the Georgia Buddhist Vihara's annual youth retreat dates. This year's youth retreat will be from 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM on Thursday, July 21st, and Friday, July 22nd. This is an excellent opportunity for kids 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 individual of 12 years and above. Those who are interested, please sign up for your children by July 19th, 2022.  
  • Registration link:
  • This year participants are not staying overnight. Parents need to drop them off between 6:30-7:30 am in the morning and pick them up after 8:30 pm in the evening on both days. 
  • Meals will be provided. Please contact Ms. Taniya Jayaratne to coordinate meals for both days. 
  • Parents are not allowed to stay or participate in retreat activities (The meal proving devotees (Daana) and Atavisi buddha pooja participants are exempted).  

General Guidelines for Retreat Participants

What to Bring
  • Modest, white clothing. (Even in the warmest weather, tank tops and shorts are not acceptable). Please void t-shirts with commercial or political messages. 
  • Work gloves, cleaning gloves, and breathing masks.
What Not to 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.
  • Clothing with distracting lettering.
  • Avoid wearing perfumes or deodorants with strong scents.
  • Pets.
  •  Illicit drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products.
Feel free to contact me if you have any concerns or questions. Thank you.
May you and yours be well, healthy, and peaceful!
With Metta
Bhante Wajirabuddhi 

Vas Aradhana 2022


GBV Vesak 2022 on Saturday, May 14th

Vesak 2022 will be celebrated online on Saturday, May 14th from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm. We invite you all to join the program.

We are celebrating Vesak 2022 adhering to the social distancing on Saturday, May 09th, 2020, from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm. Georgia Buddhist Vihara warmly invites you to be a part of the triple commemoration online at home. The Vesak Festival is celebrated around the world for 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.


Happy Vesak!!


Sri Lankan New Year Celebration 2022


Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Georgia Buddhist Vihara and Sri Lankan Community in Georgia, we wish you a very happy Sri Lankan New Year.

We cordially invite you to join the Sri Lankan New Year Celebrations at 10:00 A.M. on Sunday, April 17th, 2022 at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara.  We would like every one of you to participate and enjoy this auspicious event.

10:00 am - Arrival and preparation
11:00 am - Buddha Puja
11.30 am - Dana for the Maha Sangha
12:00 noon - Lunch Break
1:00 pm - Celebration Assembly Lighting the traditional oil lamp and Pirith Desana
1:30 pm -  Maapiya Wandana

Participation Signup

2021 Katina Program


The GBV Katina (ending of rainy season retreat) will be held on Saturday, October 23rd from 5.30am to 5.00pm. Your onsite participation is appreciated if you are fully vaccinated.

Please sign up using the following link to confirm your participation and sign up for Dhaval Dana (Lunch) items. If you prefer to bring items not listed in the signup, please contact us.

Katina Day Program

5.00 AM

Bringing the Katina Cheevara to the temple

Katina Cheevara offering to the Maha Sangha

6.00 AM

Morning Buddha Pooja

Heel Dana

8.30 AM

Dhamma Discussion

10.30 AM

Bhesajja Pindapatha

11.00 AM

Buddha Pooja

Dahaval Dana


12.45 PM

GBV Medical Fair Appreciation Program

1.30 PM


2.30 PM

Katina Cheevara Pooja Ceremony

Katina Anisansa Dharma Deshana in Sinhala by Urumutte Vijitha Thero

4.30 PM

Atavisi Buddha Pooja

5.00 PM

End of Program

Car parking instructions
Please use the unpaved car parking behind the temple building and on the side of the Dharma Shala. We intend to use the paved car parking for Program activities. Please be mindful of space left for other cars when you park.

Bhesajja Pindapatha items for offering
Please offer medicinal items only, such as Antibiotic Creams, Tylenol, Advil, Omeprazole, Bengay Cream, Fish Oil 1000mg, Multi-Vitamins, Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel, Band-Aid of various sizes, etc. Around 10 monks will participate in the Pindapatha and Katina proceedings. 

Offerings for Kapruka
Please consider offering general day-to-day useful items to the Kapruka. Examples are Slippers (Sizes 7, 8, 9), Socks, Rechargeable batteries, Paper Towels, Washing Detergent, Body Wash, Cleaning liquid, Air Freshener, Shaving Foam, Disposable Razors, Gift cards, etc.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.
Contact Information:
  • Manjula  470-265-8055
  • Jinath     404-980-0019
Thank you,
May you all be well, happy, and peaceful.
2021 Katina Hosting Families (Jinath, Hasini, Dasheema, and Manjula)

Dharma Deshana Sinhala

Sinhala Dhamma Deshana

(පුජ්‍ය ඔක්කම්පිටියේ දීපංකර ස්වාමින්වහන්සේ මෙහෙයවන)

බදාදා ධර්ම සාකච්ඡාව

අප්‍රේල් 20, 2022 සංකල්පය හා යථාර්ථය පහළොස් වැනි සාකච්ඡාව
අප්‍රේල් 13, 2022 සංකල්පය හා යථාර්ථය දහහතර වැනි සාකච්ඡාව
අප්‍රේල් 06, 2022 සංකල්පය හා යථාර්ථය දහතුන් වැනි සාකච්ඡාව
මාර්තු 30, 2022 සංකල්පය හා යථාර්ථය දොළොස් වැනි සාකච්ඡාව
මාර්තු 23, 2022 සංකල්පය හා යථාර්ථය එකොලොස් වැනි සාකච්ඡාව
මාර්තු 16, 2022 සංකල්පය හා යථාර්ථය දස වැනි සාකච්ඡාව
මාර්තු 9, 2022 සංකල්පය හා යථාර්ථය නව වැනි සාකච්ඡාව
මාර්තු 2, 2022 සංකල්පය හා යථාර්ථය අට වැනි සාකච්ඡාව
පෙබ. 23, 2022 සංකල්පය හා යථාර්ථය සත් වැනි සාකච්ඡාව
පෙබ. 16, 2022 සංකල්පය හා යථාර්ථය සවැනි සාකච්ඡාව
පෙබ. 9, 2022 සංකල්පය හා යථාර්ථය පස්වැනි සාකච්ඡාව
පෙබ. 2, 2022 සංකල්පය හා යථාර්ථය සිව්වැනි සාකච්ඡාව
ජනවාරි 19, 2022 සංකල්පය හා යථාර්ථය තෙවැනි සාකච්ඡාව
ජනවාරි 12, 2022 සංකල්පය හා යථාර්ථය දෙවැනි සාකච්ඡාව
ජනවාරි 05, 2022 සංකල්පය හා යථාර්ථය පළමු වැනි සාකච්ඡාව.

ඔක්. 13, 2021 සක්කපඤ්හ සූත්‍රය පස්වැනි කොටස
ඔක්. 06, 2021 සක්කපඤ්හ සූත්‍රය හතරවැනි කොටස
සැප්. 29, 2021 සක්කපඤ්හ සූත්‍රය තෙවැනි කොටස 
සැප්. 22, 2021 සක්කපඤ්හ සූත්‍රය දෙවැනි කොටස
සැප්. 15, 2021 සක්කපඤ්හ සූත්‍රය පළමු කොටස
අගෝස්තු 11, 2021 චේතනා සූත්‍රය
ජුලි 28, 2021 මජ්ඣෙ සූත්‍රය දෙවැනි කොටස 
ජුලි 21, 2021 මජ්ඣෙ සූත්‍රය පළමු කොටස 

Vassana 2019

  1. මනෝ පුබ්බම්ගම ධම්ම 7/17/2019
  2. ප්‍රසන්න මනසේ අසිරිය 7/18/2019
  3. ඉවසීමෙන්  ජීවත්වෙමු   7/19/2019
  4. වෛරයෙන් වෛරය නොසන්සිදේ 7/21/2019
  5. නොමැරෙනා මිනිසුන් සේ නොසිතා ජීවත්වෙමු. 7/22/2019
  6. දුබල රුකක් සේ නොවෙමු . 7/23/1019

Overnight Pirith Chanting on September 4 from 7 PM to September 5, 7 AM


Buddhists seek refuge in the Dhamma at all times. It is needed more at troubled times like this. 

To invoke blessings upon all beings, an Overnight Pirith Chanting will be held at GBV on September 4th Saturday (Labour Day Weekend) from 7pm to 7am on the 5th morning with the participation of 10+ monks. You are invited to attend this event if you are fully vaccinated. You must wear a mask and maintain social distancing while indoors according to the current CDC guidelines. 

Pirith Chanting will also be live-streamed via GBV Youtube channel:

Please use the following link to sign up to confirm your participation and to indicate if you wish to provide dinner and snacks:

Upcoming events during the 2021 Rains Retreat

 Following is a list of activities during the 2021 Rains Retreat. You are invited to attend in person if you are fully vaccinated against COVID - 19.

If you have questions, please email

GBV 2021 August Poya Program (Nikini Poya)

Georgia Buddhist Vihara Nikini Poya will be observed on Saturday, Aug 28th, 2021. This will be an on-site program with an online option. As per the CDC guidelines, if you are fully vaccinated, you may attend the program in person. We recommend that you wear a mask and practice social distancing even if you are fully vaccinated for the safety of the monks and the attendees.

If you are observing Sil in person or planning to come to the Vihara, please sign-up from the link below: 

Saturday, Aug 28th, 2021 at 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM EDT

The   meeting links are located in the agenda. 

GBV Full Day on-site Sil Program
7:30 am
– 8:00 am
Observation of Eight Precepts
and Vandana
Meeting ID: 961 5773 1287
Passcode: 485497
8:00 am
– 8:50 am
Guided Meditation by Bhante Bodhi
Meeting ID: 961 5773 1287
Passcode: 485497
9:00 am
– 10:00 am
Dhamma Deshana by Bhante Dhammaloka (In Sinhala)
Meeting ID: 961 5773 1287
Passcode: 485497
9:00 am
– 11:00 am
Dhamma Discussion and Q&A Session
(In English) by Bhante Deepankara
o Guided meditation
o Dhamma discussion
o Q&A session
Host: Mr. Justin Howell
Meeting ID: 997 5853 1863
Passcode: 906250
10:00 am
– 11:00 am
Streaming of prerecorded Dhamma Deshana by Bhante Gnanananda (In Sinhala)
Meeting ID: 961 5773 1287
Passcode: 485497
11:00 am
– 11:10 am
11:10 am
– 11:30 am
Buddha Poojawa by Bhante Bodhi
Meeting ID: 961 5773 1287
Passcode: 485497
11:30 am
– 12:00 pm
Daval Daana
12:00 pm
– 1:00 pm
Lunch Break
1:00 pm
– 2:15 am
Dhamma Deshana 
by Bhante Piyananda
Meeting ID: 961 5773 1287
Passcode: 485497
2:15 pm
– 2:30 pm
2:30 pm
– 3:30 pm
Guided Meditation 
By Bhante Deepankara
Meeting ID: 961 5773 1287
Passcode: 485497
3:30 pm
– 4:00 pm
Sutta Discussion and Q&A Session 
By Bhante Deepankara
Meeting ID: 961 5773 1287
Passcode: 485497
4:00 pm
– 4:15 pm
4:15 pm
– 6:00 pm
Sutta Discussion (Cont..)
Meeting ID: 961 5773 1287
Passcode: 485497
6:00 pm
Observation of Five Precepts for those who observe Sil, Punnyanumodana, and Conclusion by Bhante Deepankara


When you click the meeting link, your browser will automatically download the correct Zoom client for your device. If you need to manually download the client, please visit Visit your app store and search for the Zoom app for mobile devices. Here are some helpful videos:  How To Sign Up & Download Meeting ClientHow to Join a Zoom Meeting

Feel free to contact us through if you have any concerns and questions. Thank you.
May you and yours be well, healthy, and peaceful!

GBV December Poya Program on Saturday, December 12th, 2020

GBV Unduwap Poya will be observed online on Saturday, December 12th, 2020, from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. We invite you to join the program online.

Bhante Bodhi will recite eight precepts at 7:30 am. You can have your breakfast 
before the program at 7:30 am and can have Lunch after t
he Buddha Puja at 11:00 am.

GBV December Poya 2020 Program 
7:30 am
– 8:00 am
Observation of Eight Precepts
and Vandana
8:00 am
– 8:50 am
Guided Meditation by Bhante Bodhi
8:50 am
– 9:00 am
9:00 am
– 11:00 am
Breakout Session I
Dhamma Deshana 
By Ven. Katukurunde Nanananda
(Sinhala Medium, Streaming)
9:00 am
– 11:00 am
Breakout Session II
Dhamma Discussion and Q&A Session
(In the English Medium)
by Bhante Deepankara
o Guided meditation
o Dhamma discussion
o Q&A session
Host: Mr. Justing Howell
11:00 am
– 11:10 am
11:10 am
– 11:30 pm
Buddha Poojawa by Bhante Bodhi
11.30 pm
– 12:30 pm
Lunch Break
1.00 pm
– 2:30 pm
Dhamma Deshana (Invited)
by Bhante Seelaviveka
From Shakyamuni Buddhist Meditation Monastery, Virginia Beach.
Sponsored by
Shyamalie & Ajith Wijeratne
Note: Bhante Seelaviveka has 
requested that all the participants to unmute the video feature and be seen for the dhamma session.
2:30 pm
– 2:45 pm
2:45 pm
– 4:15 pm
Sutta Discussion and Q&A Session 
By Bhante Deepankara

4:15 pm
– 4:30 pm
4:30 pm
– 6:00 pm
 Sutta Discussion (Cont..)
6:00 pm
– 6:30 pm
Observation of Five Precepts for those who observe Sil, Punnyanumodana, & Conclusion by Bhante Deepankara

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