Youth Retreat 2019

Youth Retreat 2019

Devotees and Friends of the GBV,

We are happy to announce the dates for the Georgia Buddhist Vihara's 8th annual youth retreat. This year's youth retreat will commence on Wednesday, May 29th with a brief orientation for all participants and conclude on Saturday, June 1st. This is an excellent opportunity for young people to spend dedicated time learning about self-discipline, meditation, Buddhist teachings, and the Buddhist tradition. Young people will learn through first-hand experience the benefits of following the Buddhist path through a period of focused learning and practice.

The retreat is open to any young person between the ages of 12 and 25 years old. If you are interested in registering for the youth retreat or learning more about the retreat, please contact the Georgia Buddhist Vihara at or 770-987-8442.

Please download the Retreat application for the GBV 2019.

Georgia Buddhist Youth  Retreat    (May 29th to June 1st, 2019)

Brief Orientation begins
On May 29th (Wednesday) at 7.30 pm

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
1:30–3:00 –Dhamma  session
3:00–3:30 – Break, Coffee/Tea
4:00–4:30 – Personal Reading and Reflection
4:30-    5:30- Sutta Discussion   
5:30–6:00 – Prepare for Temple visitation
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.
  • Each participant should complete the entire program to be obtained a  certificate 


Family Sponsorship

Each sponsoring family will need to arrive at the vihara by 6 am 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 an afternoon.

Vesak Celebration 2019 on Saturday, May 18th

Vesak 2019 will be celebrated on Saturday, May 18th, 2019, from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara. We invite you all to join the program.

The Vesak celebrates three events of the utmost significance in the life of Prince Siddhartha who became a Buddha – His Birth, his attainment of Enlightenment, and his passing away. Georgia Buddhist Vihara warmly invites you to be a part of the triple commemoration. Vesak full moon day has been for centuries regarded as the Buddha Day. For it was on a Vesak full moon day, that the Sakyan prince Siddhartha Gautama was born, in Lumbini Park, on the frontier of Nepal, attained Enlightenment, under the Bodhi tree in Gaya, and passed away in Kushinara. The Buddhists all over the world celebrate with devotion the Triple Anniversary of Vesak. To a true follower of the Buddha, there is no greater day than Vesak day which also symbolizes peace, love, compassion, and piety.

Morning Program
7:30 am Observance of the Eight Precepts, for both adult and young; Buddha Pooja and Heel Dana
8:30 am Significant of Vesak by Bhante Wajirabudddhi 
9:30 am Bhāvanā by Bhanthe Deepankara
11:00 am Buddha Pooja
11:30 am Dana offering to the Bhanthes and those who observe eight precepts.
12:00 nn Lunch Break
Afternoon Program
1:00 pm Dhamma Q & A session for children by Bhante Deepankara
2:00 pm Vesak Damma Talk by Bhante Dhammaloka
4:30 pm Vesak Celebration Program by Dhamma School children
Dress Code -  White Lama Saree for girls and white national for boys. ( White Pants and a shirt for Boys acceptable if you do not have a white National ) 

*  Dress code for parents -  White 

 *   Printed Bhakthi Gee lyrics will be provided ( No need for parents to print) for Kids.

1.Muditha Group  - ( Grade K - 3 )       Bhakthi Gee - Peli Peli sedi

2   Karuna Group       ( Grade 4-6 )      Bhakthi Gee -  Bo Athu Ithi Neni Nemi 

3   Metta Group       ( Grade 7- up)       Bhakthi Gee -  Meth Mal Pibidewa

4   Parents             ( Grade ??? )           Bhakthi Gee   -   Dhanno Budunge and Jayasiri ma    

Bring Flowers for Evening Pooja  
*  If possible bring a Vesak lantern. 

Please ensure that the kids have a full lunch as we will only provide a small snack before the program starts 

6:00Pm    Wesak Dansala

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