Washington Buddhist Vihara

The Washington D.C. Buddhist Vihara was founded in 1965 and incorporated as a Society in 1966 under the patronage of the Most Venerable Madihe Pannasiha Mahanayaka Thera. The Washington D.C. Buddhist Vihara was the first Theravada Buddhist monastic community in the United States.

The Washington D.C. Buddhist Vihara is dedicated to the presentation of Buddhist thought, practice, and culture. It is an educational, as well as a religious organization. It is staffed by resident Bhikkhus ( monks ) who are available to discuss the various aspects of Buddhism, teach meditation, and offer informal courses. The Bhikkhus are available by invitation to give lectures, as well as meditation workshops at universities, schools, churches, and other community groups.

To foster the education of Buddhism, the Washington D.C. Buddhist Vihara maintains a Buddhist library on all facets of Buddhism and a Buddhist book service. A free list of books available for purchase from the book service is available upon request.

All visitors, regardless of religious affiliation are invited to participate in Vihara activities, as well as to come to the Vihara to patronize the library and the book service.

The meditation room and shrine room are always open…..

Bhavana Society of West Virginia

Vision Statement

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 monks and nuns 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 monks and nuns 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.

To provide space for a limited number of lay people, who will assist in the running of the center, to live as long-term residents.

To provide facilities for a limited number of lay people to undergo private long-term retreats.

The retreats and monastic training will be determined and run by the senior monastic residents. The Board of Directors’ function is to assist and support the monastery and monastics in the continued realization of our vision.

Formalized in July 1988

Sri Lankan Catholic Community of New York and New Jersey

We are a group of Sri Lankan Catholics from New york, New Jersey and neighbouring states united to strengthen our faith in a homely environment. We invite all Sri Lankans and their families to share the Liturgy and meet new friends at our events. Our Community gathers every last Sunday of the month at 6.00 PM to celebrate the Holy Eucharist in Sinhala at Our Lady of Pity Church, 1616 Richmond Av, Staten Island, NY 10314, USA.

Dhamma Wheel Meditation Society

SUNDAYS Dhamma Wheel Meditation Center

1518 South Haven Drive, Clearwater

Dhamma Kids: 4:30-5:30 PM

Bhante leads sessions for a small but dedicated group of children. If you are interested in more information, please contact

Yoga: 5:30-6:25 PM

A yoga session between our childrens’ group and our evening Dhamma talk provides a brief stretch for body and mind.

Meditation & Talk: 6:30-7:30 PM

Please join us for an evening of inspirational Dhamma talks by Bhante Dhammawansha. Meditation on loving-kindness or “Metta” follows.


Yoga Shakti

2625 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs

7:30 PM – Meditation led by Bhante Dhammawansha


Presbyterian Church on the Bayou

409 Whitcomb Blvd, Tarpon Springs

7:00 PM – Meditation led by Bhante Dhammawansha


(First Thursday of the Month)

431 Corey Avenue, St Pete Beach

6:00 PM – Meditation led by Bhante Dhammawansha


(Third Saturday of the Month)