A Theravada Buddhist Forest Monastery and meditation center
just a few hours away from Washington DC, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore

Join Bhante G each weekend on Zoom

Meeting ID: 668 674 778
Passcode: metta

Upcoming Retreats

Retreat registration opens at noon, one month prior to the retreat start date

3 Characteristics of Existence

This retreat is FULL and registration is now closed. About the Retreat What do we see when we examine our experience? The Buddha taught that there are three qualities that

Youth Retreat 2024

Registration opens Tuesday, July 2 around noon. Bhavana Society’s youth retreat features teachings from the Buddha, craft activities, a service project, a campfire, hiking and meditation. It’s a great way

Sutta Study 2024

Awareness of Living & Dying 2024


Sri Lanka has issued a special stamp honoring Ven. Dr. Henepola Gunaratana, known to his students as Bhante G, for his services to the nation and to Buddhism. Ven. Gunaratana, who is 95 years old, is perhaps best known for his work at the Buddhist Vihara Society of Washington, DC, beginning in 1968, and his founding of the Bhavana Society retreat center in 1982, earning him the Sri Lankan title of Chief Sanghanayaka of North America. At an event hosted by Sri Lankan Transport, Highways, and Mass Media minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena, several Sri Lankan officials and leading monastics offered praise for Ven. Gunaratana.

Van. Gunaratana was born on 7 December 1927, and was ordained at the age of 20. He spent five years in India after this, staying at the Mahabodhi Society, living in Sanchi, Delhi, and Mumbai. After this, he spent 10 years in Malaysia teaching and spreading Buddhism, working as a religious advisor for the Sasana Abhivurdhiwardhana Society and other groups…

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