Katina Ceremony - Oct. 22, 2022

Dear Friends,


The Katina ceremony of Georgia Buddhist Vihara 2022 will be held on October 22nd (see the program here). We would like to extend a warm invitation to all of you to join us and participate in various meritorious deeds.  We have created the following signup sheets. We truly appreciate your generous support thus far in various ways during this vassana season (rains retreat), and we are grateful if you could support us further to make this meritorious event a success. Following are the ways we seek your support, and we hope you would consider volunteering via the following signups.

1. HSA Account

The good health and well-being of resident Bhantes are one of our top priorities, and we plan to provide to continue the ‘GBV Health Savings Account’, which was initiated a few years ago. This would also be an excellent opportunity for us to express our gratitude and appreciation in a special way for the great services the Bhantes are providing for the spiritual and religious needs of the greater GBV community. We would like to seek your generous contributions to maintain this account. Please support us by signing on https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4aa9aa22a1ff2-sign8


2. Volunteering

You all have been supporting us in various ways during this Katina season, and we need your further support to make this final event a success. To volunteer for much-needed support on the Katina day, please sign up using the following link:



3. Dawal Dana

We really are in great need of your support in the Dawal Dana (luncheon.) To confirm your participation and contribute to Dawal Dana, please use the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4aa9aa22a1ff2-katina10

4. Pindapatha

The Besajja Pindapatha pooja will be during the Katina Ceremony (10 am), and we would like to encourage all of you to sign up and participate in this great meritorious deed using the link below.



5. Kapruka

If you would like to bring items placed under the Kapruka, we would appreciate it if you could bring the following much-needed items for the temple. Paper towels, coffee cups, water bottles, ziplock bags in assorted sizes, bathroom tissues, Tide/All detergent, dishwashing liquid, Hand Washing liquid, Aluminum Foil, Kitchen towel, Dishcloths, Broom, Dustpan & brush, Tea candles, Incense Sticks, Oatmeal, Almond milk (Nonperishable), cleaning liquid, air fresheners.


6. Pirikara

If you like to donate a Pirikara item for Bhanthes at the end of Katina you are most welcome. We would like to let you know that there will be 12 Bhanthes attending Katina.


7. Shramadana on 10/21

We will be meeting at the vihara premises to get the temple ready for the Katina Ceremony from 9 am to 6pm. If you like to help us please stop by when ever you can. We appreciate any help you can provide.

At the same time, Bhanthes have requested us to inform you of recent thefts around Buddhist Viharas in the US and requested that we are mindful of our personal belongings.


Upcoming Events - Katina Season 2022

 Upcoming Events - Katina Season 2022

Katina Program:

5.00 AM : Bringing the Katina Cheevara to the Vihara
                 Offering the Katina Cheevara to Maha Sanga 
6.00 AM : Morning Buddha Pooja and Heel Dana
8.30 AM : Dhamma Discussion
10.30 AM: Besajja Pindapatha
11.00 AM: Buddha Pooja and Dana
1.30 PM : Katina Perahara
2.30 PM : Katina Cheevara Pooja Ceremony 
                Katina Anisansa Dhamma Deshana in Sinhala by Baminiyanvila Dammaloka Thero
4.30 PM : Atavisi Buddha Pooja
5.00 PM : End of Program
Dana Signup (LINK)
Pindapatha item sign-up (LINK)

FOOD FAIR (SALPILA) ON 9/24/2022 at 4.30PM


Dear friends,
We would like to invite you to come and enjoy authentic Sri Lankan cuisine at the Sri Lankan Food Fair at Georgia Buddhist Vihara on September 24th 2022 at 4:30 pm.

String Hoppers
Lumprais(preorder to save yours)

Short eats:
pastries, wadai, fish buns, hot dogs, takeout uncooked Chinese rolls(can be preordered)
Sweets and other- falooda/ice coffee, create your own ice cream sundaes, create your own s’mores, cookies, cupcakes etc

In addition there will be homemade jarred pickles, and chili paste and plant sale.
Also, there will be games and fun events for kids including face painting.

Please join us to raise funds while having a fun


Dhamma Sermon on Saturday September 10th, 8.00PM


Dear Devotees of Georgia Buddhist Vihara and Friends,

We warmly invite you for the Dhamma Deshana on Saturday, September 10th. The Dhamma talk will be given in English by Venerable Muruthamure Pangnaloka thero (a visiting monk).
Please join us in person at the vihara premises or virtually to participate in this meritorious deed.

The program is as follows:
6:30 pm: Tea and Refreshments
7:00 pm: Atavisi Buddha pooja
8:00 pm: Dhamma Dheshana
9:00 pm: Dinner from the hosting families

In order to facilitate the dinner for the attendees, if you plan to attend in person, kindly sign up using the link below.


If you are joining virtually, please use the following zoom link to join.


With Metta,
Lasantha and Wathsala (Hosting family) 

Binara Poya Program - Saturday September 10th

The Binara Poya will be observed on Saturday, September 10th, from 7.30 am to 6.30 pm at Georgia Buddhist Vihara. 

Binara Poya (Full moon day) commemorates the establishment of the Bhikkhuni Order in Gautama Buddha Sasana.On the initiative of the Maha Prajapati Gotami, after many requests by her, the Buddha allowed the woman folk to enter the order.

The enlightened one laid down eight important rules and conditions called Garudharma, or Code of Conduct, and the Bhikkhunis were instructed strictly to follow them.

Sign up for the program

7:30 am
– 8:00 am
Observation of Eight Precepts
and Vandana by Bhante Bodhi
8:00 am
– 8:50 am
Heel Dana
9:00 am
– 11:00 am
Guided Meditation and Dhamma Deshana
By Bhante Buddhi / Bhante Boddhi
11:00 am
– 11:10 am
11:10 am
– 11:30 am
Buddha Poojawa by Bhante Bodhi 
11:30 am
– 1:00 pm
Daval Daana and Break
1:00 pm
– 2:15 pm
Dhamma Deshana
by Bhante Piyananda
2:15 pm
– 2:30 pm
2:30 pm
– 3:45 pm
Sutta Discussion & Dhamma Deshana
Bhante Buddhi / Bhante Boddhi
3:45 pm
– 4:00 pm
4:00 pm
– 5:45 pm
Dhamma Discussion and Q&A Session 
By Bhante Deepankara
5:45 pm
Observation of Five Precepts for those who observe Sil, Punnyanumodana, and Conclusion by Bhante Deepankara

Pirith Chanting on 4th September, 2022

Dear Friends of Georgia Buddhist Vihara,

In order to invoke blessing to our community, a Pirith Chanting will be held at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara on September 4th Sunday (Labor Day Weekend). We kindly invite you to attend the Pirith Chanting in person at the vihara premises. Pirith Chanting will also be streamed via GBV YouTube channel (https://youtu.be/86-eAi6N_5E).

The program is as follows
6:30 – 7:30 pm –  Dinner
7:30 - 8:00 pm   Buddha Vandana Preparation
8:00 – 12.00 – Pirith Chanting

In order to confirm your in-person participation, kindly sign up using the link below. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C4AA9AA22A1FF2-overnight1

Further, if you are able to contribute to the dinner or snacks, please sign up accordingly using the same link. We appreciate your kind support and your participation in this meritorious deed.

To endure the well-being of our Bhanthes, we highly encourage you to wear masks.

Shramadhana on 27th August, 2022

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: https://forms.gle/6VGkpL2CfSD6CCBz6
  • 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!!


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