Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is the founding abbot of the Bhavana Society. Born in rural Sri Lanka, he has been a…(read more)
Ven. Seelananda was born and bred in Sri Lanka as a Theravada monk. Having received the invitation extended from American…(read more)
The Bhavana Society was created to preserve the Theravada forest meditation tradition within the context of Western culture.
Our vision is as follows:
To provide a forest monastery where ordained monastics can live while cultivating Sila (morality), Samadhi (concentration) and Panna (wisdom)
To provide training to suitable lay candidates who are seeking ordination and to ordain those candidates at the end of the training period.
To provide opportunities for monastics to become future Dhamma and meditation teachers.
To offer organized meditation retreats on a regular basis to members of the society and to the general public.…(read more)