Sri Lankan New Year 2019




Every year Sri Lanka celebrates the New Year which falls on the 14th  of April. The Sri Lankan New Year is a time where family and friends come together to celebrate and participate in traditional events associated with the beginning of a new year. There are many different events that are carried out at auspicious times during this festive season. Boiling milk over a clay pot signifies the welcoming of the New Year and the prosperity as well. The New Year festivities commence with the traditional lighting of the oil lamp. Gifts such as new clothes and money are exchanged and the entire family gathers around the dining table where traditional food such as Kiribath (milk rice) and other delicacies are shared. Activities such as pin the tail on the elephant, sack race and tug of war are some of the games that are enjoyed by both the young and the old during the New Year celebrations.

On behalf of the Georgia Buddhist Vihara and the Sri Lankan Community in Georgia,
We wish all our friends and well-wishers a very happy Sinhala & Tamil New Year and cordially invite you to the Sri Lankan New Year Celebrations at 10.00 A.M. on Saturday 14th April 2018 at the Georgia Buddhist Vihara, Lithonia GA.

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Agenda
Time Event
10:00 am Arrival and preparation
11:00 am Buddha Puja11.30 am
11.30 am Dana for the Maha Sangha
12:00 nn Lunch Break
1:00 pm Celebration Assembly Lighting the traditional oil lamp and Pirith Desana
2:00 pm Singiti Avurudu: Performing by Sunday School Children

Madin Poya Program on March 9th

Madin Poya Program will be observed on

Saturday, March 9th, 2019, from 7:30 am to 6:00 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 (Self Serving)
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Bhavana by Bhante Deepankara
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. break
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Dhamma Desanawa By Bhante Piyananda
11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Buddha Pooja (Must start @ 11.00)
11:30 – 12:00 nn Dana offering to the Bhantes and those who observe eight precepts
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Luncheon
Afternoon Program.
1:00 – 3:45 p.m. Sutra Discussion Bhante Deepankara/Bhante Piyananda
3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Tea & coffee break
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Dhamma Discussion (in Sinhala by Bhante Bodhi
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Dhamma Discussion (in English by Bhante Deepankara)
6:00 p.m. Termination of the Sil and Gilanpasa Puja

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Navam Poya Program on February 9th

Navam Poya Program will be observed on

Saturday, Feb 9th, 2019, from 7:30 am to 6:00 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 (Self Serving)
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Bhavana by Bhante Deepankara
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. break
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Dhamma Desanawa By Ven, Morakandegoda Piyananda Thero
11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Buddha Pooja (Must start @ 11.00)
11:30 – 12:00 nn Dana offering to the Bhanthes and those who observe eight precepts;
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Luncheon
Afternoon Program.
1:00 – 3:15 p.m. Sutra Discussion Bhanthe Deepankara.
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Tea & coffee break
3.30 – 5:30 p.m. Dhamma Discussion
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Termination of the Sil and Gilanpasa Puja

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Duruthu Poya Program on January 19th

Duruthu Poya Program will be observed on

Saturday, Jan 19th, 2019, 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 (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 nn Dana offering to the Bhanthes and those who observe eight precepts;
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Luncheon
Afternoon Program.
1:00 – 3:15 p.m. Sutra Discussion Bhanthe Deepankara.
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Tea & coffee break
3.30 – 5:00 p.m. Dhamma Discussion
5:00 – 5:15 p.m. Termination of the Sil and Gilanpasa Puja

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. 



Katina Dharma Deshana

All Dhamma Deshana will be available here.
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Atavisi Buddha Pooja

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