Welcome To Buddha Meditation Society of British Columbia
The Buddha Meditation Society of British Columbia is a place for everyone, regardless of background or experience, to learn and practice the ancient teachings of the Buddha. You will discover a like-minded community of people who are interested in finding happiness that is not based on endless consuming and accumulating more and more things. By learning and practicing the teachings of the Buddha, you will gain a peace and happiness that is not tied to the ups and downs of ordinary life.
Here in Surrey, the Centre is led by monks ordained and trained in the oldest tradition of Buddhism, Theravada. Through their guidance we are able to provide many opportunities for you to learn all of the Buddha’s teachings of mindfulness, meditation, morality, and generosity. We have several meditation activities as well as other chances to learn the teachings.
Friends on the Path
You will find all the resources you need to move forward on your spiritual path.
- Trained teachers skilled in explaining the ancient, orthodox teachings of the Buddha.
- Guidance on putting these teachings into practice.
- Techniques to use when difficulties arise
- Encouragement to keep moving forward slowly, slowly.
- A community that values spiritual development over material pleasures.
Who We Are
As we are a Buddhist organization our aim is to help people to develop spiritually that provides true happiness and wisdom, by learning and studying the sublime teachings of the Gauthama Supreme Buddha,
- Organizing charitable activities
- Teaching people how to develop good qualities such as generosity, virtue, concentration.
- Teaching people how to develop wholesome thoughts such as loving kindness and compassion.
- Teaching how to collect good karma and to strengthen world peace practicing the Noble Eightfold Path that leads to ultimate liberation of Nirvana.
The logo of the Mahamevnawa Buddhist meditation centre meaningfully illustrates the unsurpassed dispensation of the perfectly Enlightened Buddha. The wheel, containing 24 spokes represents the nine supreme qualities of the Buddha, the six supreme qualities of the Teachings of the Buddha(Dhamma) and the nine supreme qualities of the Holy order of Monks(Sangha).The Buddha’s preaching is stated as “The setting in motion the incomparable wheel of Dhamma”. The wheel stands for the propagating the liberating Teachings of the Buddha as well.
Lion, the king of the forest is considered as so brave and powerful, so majestic and mighty. When he roars coming out from his lair, all the animals in the forest hear, listen and pay attention to that. So too, the Buddha, the fully Enlightened Buddha teaches his sublime doctrine as brave as a lion, that dispels all the sorrows and sufferings in the world, wise people pay careful attention to that. The two majestic lions defending the incomparable wheel of Dhamma( Dhamma- the teachings of the Buddha ) directly stand for the unshakable bravery of the Thatagatha(Thatagatha- the Buddha).
More About Our Monastery
Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero is the founder of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery. He was ordained on 26 March 1979 at the age of 17, under Dambagssare Sumedhankara Thero and Dikwelle Pannananda Thero at Seruwavila. He received a traditional Buddhist academic education and entered the University of Sri Jayawardenepura. Having understood the inability to achieve what he wanted in a university, he quit and started visiting meditation centres and hermitages.
His deep practices of meditation and the understanding of Buddhist philosophy later, led him to start up his own Buddhist monastery, Mahamevnawa in 1999 under the guidance of Kotapola Amarakitti Thero, in Waduwava, Polgahawela.
Ven Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero has translated the sacred Pali Canon to a comprehensible style in Sinhala, a local language of many Sri Lankans. In addition, he has written many books about the discourses of the Supreme Buddha; about ninety books have been published to date. There are also hundreds of audio cassettes and CDs of talks. In addition Mahamegha Dhamma magizine and Shraddha TV take the message of Dhamma in to the homes of thousands of lay followers around the world.
Mahamevanawa Buddhist Monastery was established to benefit the spiritual development of human beings through the teachings of Buddha. Founded in 1999 in Sri Lanka by Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero, its sole purpose is to spread the original teachings of the Buddha. The monastery is a warm and welcoming place for everyone to investigate true happiness through Dhamma and meditation
Here the Buddha’s teachings are presented in simple language and style that is easy for everyone to understand. The uniqueness of Mahanevnawa is the effort to bring the Supreme Dhamma to the devotees in its original form. Consequently, both young and old devotees listen to Dhamma and practice virtue, concentration and wisdom to realize the Four Noble Truths revealed by the Supreme Buddha. Presently there are more than 800 disciple monks, more than 75 disciple nuns, and thousands of lay disciples practicing Dhamma at Mahamevnawa Monasteries around the world. Currently there are more than 60 Sri Lankan and 25 international branches including in Canada, United States, England, Germany, Australia, India and Dubai. Within twelve years from the start of the monastery, Mahamevnawa became one of the leading Buddhist organizations spreading the teachings of the Buddha.
The Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa (Grand Temple of The Gautama Buddha) is one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. This magnificent temple was completed in 2012 to honor the Gautama Buddha and to commemorate the 2600th anniversary of his enlightenment. The temple was built with the meritorious intentions and guidance of most venerable Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero,the founder of the Mahamevnawa monastery. The statues, paintings, carvings and all other art works in the temple are original creations of highly skilled Sri Lankan artists, made exclusively for the Sambuddharaja Maligawa. As well, thousands of devotees connected to Mahamevnawa monasteries in Sri Lanka and abroad had extended their full financial and volunteer support. With the laying of the foundation stone, the construction work of the grand temple was started on 6th February 2011 and which was completed within one year and five months. On 2nd July 2012 the temple was offered to the Gautama Buddha during a grand opening ceremony and was made accessible to the public since then.