In Surrey, BC…
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.
Our Mission Is…
As we are a Buddhist organization our aim is to help people to develop spiritually that provides true happiness and wisdom, by learning and studing the sublime teachings of the Gauthama Supreme Buddha,
A place for you in Surrey…
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. Learn more about our monasteries in Sri Lanka.
Mahamevnawa, meaning “Great Cloud Monastery,” was the name of the first monastery established in Sri Lanka and the place where Arahant Mahinda Thero first introduced the Buddha’s teachings to the island.
Here the Buddha’s teachings are presented in modern language that is easy to understand. What makes Mahanevnawa unique is the effort to bring the Supreme Dhamma to listeners in its original form. Because of this, both young and old listen to the Dhamma and practice virtue, concentration, mindfulness and wisdom to realize the Four Noble Truths revealed by the Supreme Buddha. Presently there are more than 800 monks, more than 75 nuns, and thousands of lay disciples practicing Dhamma at Mahamevnawa Monasteries around the world. Currently there are more than 60 Sri Lankan and international branches including in Canada, United States, England, Germany, Australia, India and Dubai. Learn more about our monasteries in Sri Lanka.
Grand Temple of The Gautama 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.