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Georgia Buddhist Vihara was opened officially on June 06, 2000. The property was donated in March 2000 by Mrs. Shani Wijay in memory of her parents. Mr & Mrs. Shelton P. Jayasinghe.

Our friends and devotees in Georgia and neighboring states who for so long were wishing for a center like the Georgia Buddhist Vihara have now the opportunity to satisfy their religious needs. We like to welcome you all to join us in our activities.

Our Goal: Direct all, young and adults, to the right path indicated by Lord Buddha. Educate young and adults in the cultural values of Sri Lanka and other Buddhist countries. Direct them to practice Dana (generosity), Sila (morality) and Bhavana (meditation). Encourage all friends and devotees to educate in line with Buddhist values. We also welcome whoever wishes to hear, learn, practice or inquiry about Buddhism.

Activities: The regular activities at the Vihara include Daily chanting, puja, and meditation, Weekly Vipassana Meditation, Dhamma school, Poya (Uposatha) Full Moon Observance, Dhamma discussion, and Meditation Retreat.

Contribution: Georgia Buddhist Vihara runs by devotees' monetary donations If you wish to support the Vihara you may write check to Georgia Buddhist Vihara or GBV. If you donate cash, please write your name and address on an envelope and drop the donation into the charity box. If you like to send via  PayPal service Please click on the "make A donation" button: Thank You.

Dana: What is Dana?  Its simplest meaning is “generosity.” We practice dana by offering the teachings without a price tag.  You can practice dana by making a donation of money, time and labor. Your donation allows us to continue offering the teachings to others.

Resident Monks


Bhante Panamwela Wajirabuddhi
The Abbot of the Vihara


He was born in Sri Lanka in the Matara District. He was ordained as a novice monk in 1980 at the Dharmaduthashrama Vidyala, Colombo 09, under the guidance of late Venerable Dr. Parawahera Pangnananda Nayaka Maha Thera.   His higher ordination took place at Malwathu Maha Vihara, Kandy, Sri Lanka in 1987. He completed his monastic education at Dharmaduthashrama College, and did his higher education at, Bhikkhu University Anuradhapura, and obtained (BA)“Thripitakavedi” degree. His MA was completed in Pali and Buddhist University Colombo, Sri Lanka  He completed his language skill Diploma at Interactive college and technology, Atlanta USA.  He stayed in Thailand for nearly 10 months, at Wat Srakete. Then, in 1994, he came to the United States of America and stayed with the Cambodian community in Los Angeles.    He learned Cambodian culture and language. In 1999 Ven. P. Wajirabuddhi moved to Atlanta, Georgia and in June 2000 established the Georgia Buddhist Vihara.



Bhante Panamwela Wajirabodhi


He was born in Sri lanka, in Panamwela a village in the Matara District. He was ordained as a Samanera (novice) in 1980 at the Padhanagara Maha Vihara, the Dharmadutashrama College, Colombo 09, under the guidance of the late Ven, Dr. P.Pangnananda nayaka Thera, Ven. Wehelle Attadassi Dhammapala nayaka Thera and the late Ven. Matara Sumangala Thera. His higher ordination took place at the Malwatu Maha Viharaya, Kandy Sir Lanka in 1989. He completed his monastic education at Dharmadutashrama College, and completed his higher education at the University of Keleniya, by obtaining a degree in Arts. (B.A) He obtained his Master degree at the Buddhist and Pali University. He has traveled to Thailand for short visit. He came to the Georgia Buddhist Vihara on the 28th of Jan, 2004 and is continuing his work as a scholar monk.







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