Unduvap Poya Program on December 8th

Unduvap  Poya Program will be observed on Saturday, Dec  8, 2018, from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara. We invite you all to join the program.








"Sabbitiyo Vivajjantu 
Sabbarogo Vinassatu 
Mate Bhavattvan Tarayo 
Sukhi Dighayuko Bhava"

"May all misfortunes be warded off
May all ailments cease
May no calamities befall on us
May you live long in peace"

Morning Program

7:30


8:30

 a.m.

Observance of the eight Precepts, Buddha Puja and Heel Dana (Self Serving)
8:30
8:45
 a.m.
Tea & coffee break
8:45
9:45
 a.m.
Dhamma Desanawa By Ven, Morakandegoda Piyananda Thero
10:00
11:00
 a.m.
Bhavana  by Bhante Deepankara 
11:00
 –
11:15
 a.m.
Buddha Pooja (Must start @ 11.00)
11:30
12:00
 Noon
Dana offering to the Bhanthes and those who observe eight precepts; (Self Serving lunch) 
12:00
1:00
 p.m.
Luncheon

Afternoon Program
1:30
  -       3:15p.m.
Sutra Discussion  MN20 (විතක්ක සණ්ඨාන සූත්‍රය)
 Bhante Wajirabodhi and Bhanthe Deepankara.  
3:15
3:30
 p.m.
Tea & coffee break
3.30
5:00
 p.m.
Dhamma Discussion (base on Abhidhamma) by Dr. Deepta Jayaratne


5:15
 p.m.
Termination of the Sil and Gilanpasa Puja

Bhante Wajirabodhi - 30th Ordination

50th Birthday and 30 years of Higher Ordination felicitation ceremony - Ven Panamwela Wajirabbodhi Thero

Invitation


You all are cordially invited to the Venerable Panamwela Wajirabodhi Thero's 50th Birthday and 30 years of higher ordination ceremony. Bhanthe Wajirabodhi was born in Panamwela village in the Matara District. He ordained as Samanera in 1980 at the Padhanagra Maha Vihara, the Dharmadutashrama College, Colombo 9, under the guidance of the late Dr. Parawahera Pangnananda Nayaka Thera. After completing his monastic studies, he entered to the University of Keleniya, obtained B.A degree, an MA degree from Buddhist and Pali University.  Since 2003 he is living in Georgia Buddhist Vihara as a resident monk and vice-abbot.

Venerable monks and devotees of the Georgia Buddhist Vihara are organizing an appreciation and gratification ceremony for him on Saturday, 24th, November.

Date: November  24, 2018, at 4.00 p.m. (after Sunday School)

A special pinkama will be held with appreciation, blessing chanting pirith.

Kathina 2018

Kathina Maha Pinkama 2018



Kathina refers to the offering of a special robe (Kathina Chivara) carefully prepared by pious laity and presented by them to monks who have completed the three-month period of retreat called Vas in Sinhala and Vassana in Pali (literally, ‘the period of rain’). Kathina literally means ‘firm’ or ‘solid,’ as the offering of a Kathina robe helps one to earn good, solid karma. The Kathina Ceremony has a history spanning more than 2500 years.  A special element of the Kathina robe offering is that it is not offered to an individual monk, but to the entire community of Sangha; to all noble disciples of the Buddha --  and not only to enlightened ones but also to those monks yet to be enlightened.

The Kathina robe can be offered only during a specified period at the end of the rains retreat, between the full-moon day of October and the full-moon day of November. It is a monastic tradition long preserved and observed by Buddhists all over the world and is highly revered as a unique, once-yearly opportunity to acquire merit. Georgia Buddhist Vihara will celebrate Kathina on 2nd and 3rd  of November 2018. This year Kathina Pinkama is sponsored by devout devotees; Mr. & Dr. Niroshena and Erosha Jayawardena family. You are invited to attend this meritorious Pinkama.

Program

Kathina Maha Pinkama 2018

Friday, Nov, 2nd , 2018

7:00 pm
Refreshments\Dinner
8:00 pm
Pirith Deshanwa/Maha Piritha and Dhammacakka Deshana

Saturday, Nov, 3rd , 2018

5:45 am
Bringing the Kathina Robe to temple by devotees.
6:00 am
Buddha Puja and Heel Dana Sponsored by Devout Niroshena and Erosha Jayawardena family and spiritual friends.
7:30 am
Breakfast for devotees
8:30 am
Group Discussion. By Bhante WajirabodhiBhante Piyananda, and Bhante Dhammaloka
8:30 am
Group discussion for young adult by Bhante Deepankara and Bhante Sumanajothi
10:30 am
Pindapatha.
11:00 am
Buddha Puja and Dawal Dana Sponsored by Devout Niroshena and Erosha Jayawardena family and spiritual friends
 1:30 pm
The procession starts at the parking lot and heading onto the Vihara pathway to main preaching hall with Buddhist flags and Robe. All are invited for this parade to carry the Kathina Robe make use of this rare occasion.
2:00 pm
The offering of Kathina Robe by devout Dayaka Niroshena & Erosha Jayawardena family and spiritual friends.
3:00 pm
Kathina Dhamma Desahanawa/English and Sinhalese by Bhante Piyananda and Bhante Deepankara.
4:30 pm
Atavisi Pujawa and conclusion of the Kathina Ceremony



Health Savings account Fund


Health Saving Account Fund

In this HSA account plan, each resident monks have their own HSA account. Your contribution towards these accounts are tax-deductible and roll over to following years if that is not used. For these HSA account money is a great help for monks to have good health coverage. It can be used to obtain a high deductible insurance plan with low monthly payment and, can be used to cover Copay and for prescriptions.

For each year HSA account could carry max $3350 per monk and our goal is to raise $6700 for both of the monks for the year.

Please make check or cash payable to Georgia Buddhist Vihara (or just write GBV) and mentions the donation is for HSA account contribution. Your donation is equally divided between the monks.  Remember that every donation makes a difference, regardless of the amount. Click here to make a difference. Thank you in advance for your support. 

Vap Poya

Schedule for Two-day Vassana Retreat

At Georgia Buddhist Vihara 3153 Miller Road, Lithonia, GA 30038

 October 6th  & October 7th, 2018  

from 8:00am - 5:00pm 

Led by Bhante Suthadara from Ventura Buddhist Society 

Dear Participants,
Please take your breakfast prior to arrival at the Vihara. Monks will have their breakfast early due to for the time-consuming matter. Recommended arrival time is 7:30 am.

Saturday  program will be conducted in Sinhalese;
October  6th  Saturday

AM 

8:00   = Observance of Precepts and guided meditation
9:00   = Short Break
9:15   = Guided walking meditation
10:00 = Sitting meditation
11:00 = Buddha puja.
11:15 = Lunch & break
12:30 = Dhamma discussion among the practitioners

PM 

1:30   =  Presentation of what discussed and Mindful chanting
2:00   = Dhamma talk
3:00   = Tea break
3:30   = Original Sutta study/Dhamma discussion
4:30   = Sitting meditation/Guided meditation for Metta
5:00   = Sharing merit with all beings and end.

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Sunday  program will be conducted in English;

October 7th Sunday 

AM 

8:00   = Observance of Precepts and guided meditation
9:00   = Short Break
9:15   = Guided walking meditation
10:00 = Sitting meditation
11:00 = Buddha puja and lunch  

PM 

12:30 = Dhamma discussion among the participants
1:30   = Presentation of what discussed among the groups
2:00-4:00 = for the children and adults
5:00   = Sharing merit with all beings and end.

Atavisi Buddha Vandana



This Rains Retreat season, Atavisi Buddha Puja is live-streamed on YouTube on every evening. Devotees can continue to follow this event at home with family. 



Binara Poya Two Day Retreat

Schedule for Two-day Vassana Retreat

At Georgia Buddhist Vihara 3153 Miller Road, Lithonia, GA 30038

  Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018  

from 8:00am - 5:00pm 

Led by Bhante Seelananda from Bhavana Society WV 

Dear Participants,
Please take your breakfast prior to arrival at the Vihara. Monks will have their breakfast early due to for the time-consuming matter. Recommended arrival time is 7:30 am.


September 8 Saturday

AM 

8:00   = Observance of Precepts and guided meditation
9:00   = Short Break
9:15   = Guided walking meditation
10:00 = Sitting meditation
11:00 = Buddha puja.
11:15 = Lunch & break {Five monks will be for the lunch Dana}
12:30 = Dhamma discussion among the practitioners

PM 

1:30   =  Presentation of what discussed and Mindful chanting
2:00   = Dhamma talk
3:00   = Tea break
3:30   = Original Sutta study/Dhamma discussion
4:30   = Sitting meditation/Guided meditation for Metta
5:00   = Sharing merit with all beings /End.

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September 9 Sunday  

AM 

8:00   = Observance of Precepts and guided meditation
9:00   = Short Break
9:15   = Guided walking meditation
10:00 = Sitting meditation
11:00 = Buddha puja and lunch {Only Bhante Seelananda will be for the lunch, Dana}

PM 

12:30 = Dhamma discussion among the participants
1:30   = Presentation of what discussed among the groups
2:00   = Dhamma talk
3:00   = Tea break
3:30   = Sutta discussion
4:30   = Sitting meditation
5:00   = Sharing merit and end.

Venerable Seelananda Thero was born and bred in Sri Lanka as a Theravada monk. Having received the invitation extended from American Sri Lankan Buddhist Association of New York he came to the U.S. for the dissemination of the Dhamma in 2002. Bhante Seelananda, along with his friends, established a meditation Center named “Samatha Vipassana Meditation Centre” in Edmonton Canada. Ven. Seelananda continues to lead retreats at the Bhavana Society and worldwide. Some Dhamma talks by Bhante Seelananda can be found in Internet Archive.

Nikini Poya


Nikin Poya Program will be observed on Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara. We invite you all to join the program.


Venerable Heenbunne Kondanna Thero will be conducting the Nikini Poya Program.  It can be more beneficial for the children. Children Sil Program will start at 8; 30 am till 2:30 pm.   


Bhante Kondañña is a Sri Lankan Buddhist Monk. He received his novice ordination in 1968, his monastic training in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and a BA in Buddhist Philosophy from University of Kelaniya also in Sri Lanka. In 1985, he came to the USA to participate and also provide his helpful skills and services at the New York Buddhist Vihara. During that time, the dignified Kondanna began to attend classes at CUNY and now holds a BS in Social Work. Moreover, in 1997, he obtained a MSW from Fordham University in New York.  Bhante Kondanna believes that human beings should grow up having a spiritual foundation. He hopes that his contributions, experiences, and philosophy enrich and enhance the lives of everyone here in New York City, and wherever he wishes to bring his proficiencies.

Program

8:30 am-8:45am -Observance of the eight Precepts, for adult and children/ Buddha Puja and Heel Dana.

8:45am- 9:15am-(self Serving breakfast)
Tea & coffee break

9:15am-10: 15am- 1.Dhamma Desanawa in Sinhala By Ven,  Piyananda Thero 
                               2: Children program by Ven, Kondanna Thero
10-15:am-11am- Bhavana for all (adult and especially for the Children) by Bhante Kondanna                       Thero

11:00am-Buddha Pooja (Must start @ 11.00)
Dana offering to the Bhanthes and those who observe eight precepts; (Self Serving lunch) 

12: noon-Luncheon

1:30- 2:30 Activities for the  for the children by Konddanna Thero; 
  Sutra Discussion   By Bhante Wajrabodhi 
2:30-2:45   Tea & coffee break

2.45-5:30- Discussion with Bhante Kondanna Thero 
Termination of the Sil and Gilanpasa Puja




Rains Retreat Observance Invitation (Vas Ārādhanā)



Rains Retreat Observance Invitation
(Vas Ārādhanā)



The Georgia Buddhist Vihara cordially invites you to participate this year Vas Aradhana (Rains Retreat Invitation) for resident monks on  Saturday, July 28th, 2018 from 5:45 pm to 6:45 p.m. at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara. This year Vas Aradhana will be performed by  Niroshena & Erosha Jayawardena family.

 Agenda:
 5:40pm - Gathering & Preparation
 6.00pm - Observing precepts and worship
 6:30pm - Rains Retreat Invitation ceremony
 6:45pm - Anusasana


Atavisi Buddha Vandana Sign up Sheet

Atavisi Buddha Puja is offering obeisance to 28 past Buddhas including the present Gautama Buddha. This ancient devotional practice increases our affinity with infinite virtues of Buddhas and deepens and our commitment on the Path. In this event, we recite the names of past 28 Buddhas and make offerings to them individually. Traditionally this is performed to bring health, prosperity, and success.

We perform Atavisi Buddha Puja all three months in this Rains Retreat season. Please bring your family and friends to participate. Please arrive at the temple by 6:45 PM EST.

The devotees who bring Dana in the evening for the following day could sign up for the Atavisi Buddha Puja for the same evening.

This Rains Retreat season, we live stream Atavisi Buddha Puja on YouTube in every evening. That way one can continue to follow the "Sutta Deshana" that we are planning to discuss every day. 

Georgia Buddhist vihara YouTube live streaming link.

Atavisi Buddha Vandana Sign up Sheet

Esala Poya and Vas Ārādhanā


Esala Poya Program will be observed on Saturday, July 28, 2018, from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara. We invite you all to join the program.





Morning Program

7:30


8:30

a.m.

Observance of the eight Precepts, Buddha Puja and Heel Dana

8:30


8:45

a.m.
(self Serving breakfast)
Tea & coffee break

8:45


10:00

a.m.

Dhamma Desanawa By Ven, Morakandegoda Piyananda Thero

10:00

 –

11:00

a.m.

Bhavana

11:00

 –

11:15

a.m.

Buddha Pooja (Must start @ 11.00)

11:30


12:00

Noon

Dana offering to the Bhanthes and those who observe eight precepts; (Self Serving lunch) 

12:00


1:00

p.m.

Luncheon

Afternoon Program
1:30         
2:30
2:30


2:45

p.m.

Tea & coffee break

2.45


5:30

p.m.

Discussion (base on Abhidhamma) by Dr. Deepta Jayaratne



5:30

p.m.

Termination of the Sil and Gilanpasa Puja


Rains Retreat Observance Invitation
(Vas Ārādhanā)



The Georgia Buddhist Vihara cordially invites you to participate this year Vas Aradhana (Rains Retreat Invitation) for resident monks on  Saturday, July 28th, 2018 from 5:45 pm to 6:45 p.m. at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara. This year Vas Aradhana will be performed by  Niroshena & Erosha Jayawardena family.

Vas Season (Rains Retreat) was started during the time of the Buddha, the Awakened One. Full ordained monastics all over the world continue, up till the present time to observe this Rains Retreat or Monsoon Season Retreat for three months – from the full moon day in July to the Katina Ceremony. During this time, they dedicate their time to spiritual activities such as practicing meditation and studying Dhamma thoroughly. This gives an opportunity for Buddhist community to take care of the monastics by offering them food, drinks, medicine, etc. and also to participate in spiritual activities more often.

Katina Dharma Deshana

All Dhamma Deshana will be available here.
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Atavisi Buddha Pooja

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