Youth Retreat 2012

Georgia Buddhist Vihara’s Youth Retreat   2012

(May 26,27,28   2012)

Retreat Application Form for Youth Summer Retreat

You must print and complete the following forms to apply for the summer retreat program. Please note that space is limited for 10 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. This retreat is for males and females who are between 15 and 25 years of age. At this time, there are no facilities that support a co-ed retreat. The Georgia Buddhist Vihara hopes to be able to support a co-ed retreat in the near future.


All forms must be completed in full and must be submitted on or before May 1, 2012. You may deliver the forms in person to the Georgia Buddhist Vihara, you may mail the completed forms to the Vihara (3153 Miller Road, Lithonia, GA 30038), or you may scan and email completed forms to Justin Howell ( An email confirmation will be sent once your application has been received.


Participant’s Name: ______________________________________________


Participant’s Age: _______________________


Parent’s/Guardian’s Name: __________________________________________________


Address: ________________________________________________________


Parent’s/Guardian’s Email Address: ___________________________________________


Home Phone: __________________________ Cell Phone: ___________________________


Business Phone: ____________________________________


Emergency Contact: __________________________ Phone: __________________________________


By signing below you are giving permission to participate in all activities related to the weekly retreat at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara. By signing below, you (as the participant) understand all requirements to participate in the retreat. By signing below, you are giving permission for the retreat participant to be transported in temple and/or personal vehicles of those who are acting as retreat coordinators while attending a retreat at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara.


_________________________ ______________________

Signature of Participant Date


_________________________ ______________________

Signature of Parent/Guardian Date

(if participant is under 18 years old)

Medical Information

Does the participant have any medical or health issues that we should be aware of? If so, please describe: ____________________________________________________________________________________




Allergies: ___________________________________________________________________________


Chronic disability or illness (past or present): _______________________________________________


Name of Family Doctor: ________________________ Phone: ________________________________

Insurance Plan Name: _______________________ Group Number: ___________________________

Member Number: _______________________________

Dietary Restrictions

Describe: _____________________________________________________________________________



I would like for the participant to be given the following medications:


Name of medicine: ____________________ What is the medicine used for: __________________


Quantity of be given: __________________ Times to be given: _____________________


All medicines should be clearly labeled with the participant’s name, name of medication, what it is to be used for, quantity to be given and time to be given. The Georgia Buddhist Vihara does not assume responsibility for administration of medicine beyond oral medications. In case of emergency, I hereby give permission to the physician named above, or, in his or her absence, to any other physician, to provide treatment.


_________________________ ______________________

Signature of Participant Date


_________________________ ______________________

Signature of Parent/Guardian Date

(if participant is under 18 years old)



Georgia Buddhist Youth  Retreat    

(May 26,27 & 28)

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 – Sutta Discussion

  • 3:30–4:00 – Break, Coffee/Tea

  • 4:00–4:30 – Personal Reading and Reflection

  • 4:30-    5:30-      Abhidhamma session by Dr. Deeptha Jayaratne

  • 5:30–6:00 – Prepare for Trip

  • 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



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.


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, May 26

Danas & Evening  Gilanpasa & Ata-visi Pujjawas will be taken care of by Mrs. Priyanga, Mrs. Sumudu & Mrs. Taniya & one or 2 Mothers will be there for the nights with the Girls   

Sunday, May 27

Dr Unil  Peraa family  will provide the Daval Dana for Sunday & Flowers & Gilanpasa for the eve Ata-visi Pujawa on Sunday Morning.

Monday, May 28

Danas & Gilanpasa & Ata-visi Puja wasthu  will be provided by Mrs. Roshini, Mrs. Upeksha & Mrs.Kumudini



Mindful Meditation

Vipassana ("mindfulness") meditation retreat and noble day of silence on Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 7am to 6pm.  This one-day meditation retreat will held at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara (3153 Miller Road, Lithonia, GA 30038).  For this retreat, all meditation instructions, discussions, and Dhamma talks will be conducted in English. This retreat is open to everyone....those who are new to meditation as well as those who are experienced meditators.

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


7:30am – 8:00am: Observance of Refuge and the Eight Precepts, Buddha Puja ("offerings"), and traditional Buddhist chanting in Pali (with English translations).

8:00am – 8:30am: Breakfast (self-service)

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

10:00am – 10:30am: Break (coffee/tea) and personal reflection/reading

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

11:00am - 11:30am: Buddha Puja

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

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Walking meditation

1:30pm – 2:00pm: Break (coffee/tea) & personal reflection/reading

2:00pm - 3:00pm: Vipassana meditation

3:00pm – 5:00pm: Sutta Discussion: We will continue our investigation of the teachings found in the Majjhima Nikaya (Middle Length Teachings) by discussing the Dvedhavitakka Sutta: Two Kinds of Thoughts (MN #19) - In this teaching, the Buddha describes his pursuit of Awakening, and his realization of two types of thoughts...those that lead to Awakening and those that lead to more problems/suffering/dukkha. Please click here for the Suttra  - Please print a copy of the sutta and bring it to Saturday's discussion.)

5:00pm - 6:00pm  Observance of the Five Precepts and Termination of the Eight Precepts, Buddha Puja, and concluding chanting.



Participants will need to bring (1) a small breakfast food that would go along with oatmeal which will be provided (for example fruits, bagels, etc.) and (2) a lunch dish (preferably vegetarian) to share with the monks and the participants in the retreat as a form of dana (generosity).  It is also customary to bring flowers, candles (tea light), or incense to place on the shrine as an offering. It is also customary to wear white clothing when observing the Eight Precepts, though this is not a requirement.

During this special time, please consider making a monetary donation to the vihara as a form of dana (generosity) 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 (the Buddha's teachings).

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 17 at the vihara.  To confirm that you are planning on attending the retreat or if you have questions about our program, please feel free to contact me either by email (justinhowell2112@gmail.comor by phone at 404/375.0264

I hope that you will be able to join us for this day of quiet contemplation.  If you are unable to make this retreat, please know that we will be having regular, day-long vipassana retreats once a month throughout the year. Additionally, you may join us for meditation and discussion on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

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

With metta.....


Justin Howell
Cell phone:             404.375.0264      

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever."  -M. Gandhi

"You can't lead the people if you don't LOVE the people. You can't save the people if you won't SERVE the people."  - Cornel West

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