Meditation Retreat

The next vipassana (mindfulness) meditation retreat and noble day of silence on Saturday, April 28, 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 Buddha's teachings as recorded in the Majjhima Nikaya (Middle Length Teachings) by discussing the Vitakkasanthana Sutta: The Removal of Distracting Thoughts (MN #20) - In this teaching, the Buddha describes how to combat the arising of unwholesome thoughts (i.e., greed, sensuous desire, hatred, and ignorance) with wholesome thoughts. (You will find a PDF version of this sutta by visiting this link - 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 light breakfast food (e.g., fruits, bagels, etc.) and (2) a lunch dish (preferably vegetarian) to share with the resident monks and the retreat participants as a form of dana (offering).  It is also customary to bring flowers, candles, or incense to place on the shrine as an offering. It is customary to wear white clothing when observing the Eight Precepts, though this is not a requirement for attendance.

During this special time, please consider making a monetary donation to the vihara as a form of dana 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, April 28 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……


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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