Esala Poya

Esala Full Moon Poya Program will be held on on Sunday, July 28 , 2013, from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara. We invite you all to join the program.
7:30am – 8:30am: Observance of the eight Precepts, Buddha Puja and Heel Dana.
8:30am – 9:00am: Tea & coffee break
9:00am – 10: 00am: Vipassana Meditation.
10:00am-11-am: Sutra Discussion: The Shorter Discourse On the Destruction of Craving: (English)
11:20am – 12:00 Noon: Dana offering to the monks and those who observe eight precepts.
12:00Noon – 1:00pm Luncheon
1:00 – 4:30 pm Discussion will be base on Abhidhamma by Dr. Deepta Jayaratne
1:30-4:00pm Dhamma Class
2:30 – 2:45pm: Break.
5:30 pm: Termination of the Sil Gilanpasa Pujava

Bhavana Retreat 2013

Georgia Buddhist Vihara

Meditation Retreat Program 2013

Bhante Henepola Gunaratana(August 24th through 25th)

Friday, August 23rd  

Around 7.00 PMArrival of Bhante Gunaratana Maha Thero

Friday, August 23rd  

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Dhamma Talk & DiscussionQuestion and Answer Session

(Youth & Adults can participate)

7:30 - 9:30 pm

Observing Precepts/Retreat Orientation

10:00 pm

Bed time(please bring your sleeping materials)

Program for Sunday, August 25th  (Nikini Poya)


 Wake Up, Coffee/Tea & preparation for Silence Retreat

5:00 – 6:00

Group Meditation

6:30 – 7:00

Buddha Puja

7:00 – 8:00

Breakfast Provided by Meth and Indira family

8:30 – 10:00

Guided Vipassana Meditation

10:00 –10:30

Metta Meditation

10:30 – 11:00

Walking Meditation

11:00 – 12:00pm

Buddha Puja/Dana

1:00 - 2:00

Walking Meditation / Working (cleaning the temple,etc)

2:30 – 3:30


3:30 – 4:00

  Break / Coffee-Tea

4:00 – 5:30

 Dhamma Talk & Discussion


 Sharing Merrits & End of Program

Bhante Gunaratana has been a monk for over 60 years and is the most senior Sri Lankan monk in the United States.  Knowledgeable in both Western and Buddhist psychology, he is the founder of Bhavana Society, a retreat and monastic center in rural West Virginia.  He is the author of a number of books, including Mindfulness in Plain English and Eight Mindful Steps To Happiness.  He actively conducts Vipassana retreats worldwide.

Program for Saturday, August 24th
For any inquiries or Dana arrangements on Aug 24th & 25th please contact Gayan Hapugoda at 404-573-7148. (

COVID -19 GBV Message

The Georgia Buddhist Vihara has decided to cancel all group and public activities (such as Sunday’s public meditation sessions, Sunday School for children, Pali classes, monthly Poya observances, etc.) until further notice in order to prioritize our community’s health and wellbeing.

The Dhamma School, Wednesday and Sunday discussion Sessions are conducted online.

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