Mindful Day


I hope this email finds each of you doing well.  I am writing on behalf of the Georgia Buddhist Vihara to remind and invite you to the next day-long meditation retreat and noble day of silence on Saturday, March 12 from 7am to 7pm.  This one-day vipassana/mindfulness meditation retreat will held at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara. All meditation instructions, sutta discussions, and Dhamma talks will be conducted in English.

Below is a tentative schedule of the day's events:


7:30am – 8:00am: Refuge, Observance of the Eight Precepts, Buddha Puja and chanting.
8:00am – 8:30am: Breakfast (self-service)

8:30am – 10:00am: Meditation instructions and vipassana meditation

10:00am – 10:30am: Break (coffee/tea)

10:30am – 11:00am: Metta (Loving-Friendliness) meditation

11:00am - 11:30: Buddha Puja

11:30am – 12:30pm:  Lunch (self-service)


12:30pm – 1:30pm: Group meditation and walking meditation

1:30pm – 2:00pm: Break (time for personal reflection and reading; coffee/tea)

2:00pm - 3:00pm: Vipassana meditation

3:00pm – 5:00 Sutta/Sutra Discussion will be a continuation of our discussion of the Maha-Sihanada Sutta: The Great Discourse on the Lion's Roar (MN12) that discusses/investigates the qualities of the Buddha (Please visit the following link, read the sutta, and print the sutta to bring to the discussion: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.012.ntbb.html)

5:00pm - 7:00pm  Termination of the Eight Precepts, Buddha Puja, and chanting.



Participants will need to bring a small breakfast food that would go along with oatmeal (fruit, bagels, etc.) and a lunch dish (preferably vegetarian) to share with the monks and the participants in the retreat as a form of dana (generosity).

During this special time, please consider making a monetary donation to the vihara as a form of dana (generous giving) so that we can continue to support the monks and to keep the vihara open so that all people are able to practice and learn about the Dhamma.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 12 at the vihara.  If you have any questions/concerns or to confirm that you are planning on attending the retreat, please contact me either by email (justinhowell2112@gmail.com) or by phone at 404/375.0264.


You may also plan for future events at the vihara by accessing the retreat and event calendar on the vihara's website: http://www.gavihara.org/calendar-2011/

May you, your friends, and family members be well, happy, and peaceful…… 

With metta.....



Justin Howell

Cell phone: 404.375.0264

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