Photos from Silent Retreat

A few pictures from the non-residential silent meditation retreat held at the Vihara from Friday June 21st through Sunday June 23rd are shown below.

Non-Residential Meditation Retreat

A non-residential silent meditation retreat is being offered from Friday June 21st through Sunday June 23rd. You can attend for all or part of the retreat. There are no accommodations for participants to stay overnight inside the Vihara, however, if you have a tent and sleeping bag you are welcome to camp out in the backyard. Meals will be potluck style with each participant bringing their own food or food to share. While there is no charge for this retreat, donations to the Vihara are welcome.

Date/Time: Friday June 21st, 2019 9:00AM to Sunday June 23rd, 2019 3:00PM

Location: Carolina Buddhist Vihara, Greenville, SC

Please let us know if you are going to attend all or part of this retreat. It’s a great opportunity to deepen your meditation practice.

Vihara Update – June 2019

Opportunity to provide a Meal/Dana

With summer vacations already beginning, a number of the sangha members who regularly provide meal dana to Ayya Sudinna either are, or soon will be, on vacation. If you would like to provide Ayya with a meal, please look at the Dana Calendar on the website and pick an open date/meal that is convenient for you. When delivering, you may bring the meal the day before or the morning of. Thank you, with much metta.

Schedule of Activities – June 2019

Sutta Study: June 16, 2019
Sutta Study is scheduled for Sunday June 16th, this is a change from the original date of 6/9. The sutta to be discussed is the Mahasaccaka Sutta: The Greater Discourse to Saccaka found in the Majjhima Nikaya #36.
Or at this link: https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/MN/MN36.html

Non-Residential Retreat: June 21, 22, 23
More information will be provided in the next few weeks. You can join us for part or all of the retreat, morning, afternoon or evening.

Weekly Schedule:
Monday June 3rd 6-8:00 Pm
Chanting and Meditation with Ayya Sudinna

Wednesday June 5th 6-7:30
Guided Meditation; Refresher for experienced meditators or for those new to the practice. Discussion before and after meditation.

Thursday June 6th 6-8:00 pm
Chanting and Meditation with Ayya Sudinna

Friday June 7th 9:30 – 10:30
Woman’s Meditation

May we all be well, happy and peaceful.

Vesak Day Celebration 2019

The Vihara held it’s Vesak Day celebration on May 19, 2019. The photos below show some of the decorations and activities at the Vihara on this special occasion.

This most important Buddhist festival is known as either Vesak or Wesak, and is celebrated annually on the full moon of the ancient lunar month of Vesakha, which usually falls in May, or in early June.

At Vesak Buddhists commemorate the birth of the Buddha-to-be, Siddhattha Gotama, his Enlightenment at the age of 35 when he became the Buddha and his final ‘passing’ into Nirvana at the age of 80, no more to be reborn. Buddhist scriptures relate that each of these three significant events occurred on a full moon of the Indian lunar month of Vesakha.

Vesak Day Celebration / Poya Day

Vesak Day is a holiday traditionally observed by Buddhists. It commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.

When: Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM

Where: Carolina Buddhist Vihara 113 Woodridge Cir, Greenville, South Carolina 29607

Weekly Schedule: May 5-19

Friends,
The following is the weekly schedule for next week:

Sunday 5/5/19
Sutta Study 2-4:00 pm
Aṅguttara Nikāya, The Book of the Fours, #61. Worthy Deeds. It can be found on page 449. For those who do not have a copy of the Anguttara Nikaya the Sutta can be found at this link

Monday 5/6/19 6-8:00 pm
Chanting & Meditation with Ayya Sudinna

Wednesday 5/8/19 6-7:30 pm
Guided Meditation, instruction and discussion. Refresher for experienced meditators for those new to the practice.

Thursday 5/9/19 6-8:00 pm
Chanting & Meditation with Ayya Sudinna

Friday 5/10/199:30 – 10:30 am
Women’s Meditation

Sunday May 19th (in 2 weeks)
Vesak Day Celebration!

May we all be well, happy and peaceful

Visit to the Bhavana Society Meditation Center

Ayya Sudinna recently translated Bhante G’s (Henepola Gunaratana) book Meditation on Perception: Ten Healing Practices To Cultivate Mindfulness into Sinhala from English and received published copies when she went to Sri Lanka. Ayya wanted to deliver the book to Bhante in person so we took a “road trip” to the Bhavana Society Meditation Center in West Virginia. These are some of the pictures that were taken. We also had a “road trip” around Bhavana when Bhante G graciously toured the grounds  with us. It was a very special time as there were only 3 people in residence at Bhavana (including Bhante) and Ayya Sudinna, Indira and Roberta were the only 3 guests.

Day 1 of the Vihara Cleanup

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=435695923664473


Day 1 of the Vihara facelift! More to come!!!