Meditation Sessions At The Maryland Buddhist Vihara


The Maryland Buddhist Vihara  ( also known as the International Buddhist Center ) hosts a meditation class every Wednesday evening at 8pm.   Bhante Uparatana is  a student of the Venerable Henepola Gunaratana ( author of “Mindfulness In Plain English” ) .  Each meditation session begins with a brief pooja ( Buddhist devotions in Pali ), short loving friendliness mediation and meditation instructions in English.   The meditation part of the session is about 45 minutes long and the entire session on Wednesdays is about an hour.   In the past, sutta discussions and even Pali classes have been offered when there was sufficient interest.

The Maryland Buddhist Vihara is located in Silver Spring, Maryland 3 blocks from the Wheaton metro rail stop. The International Buddhist Center is on the corner of Elmont Street & Grainsville Road, immediately behind the IRS bldg ( red brick, modern architecture ) and the Firestone tire center.

People coming by car will want to turn onto Arcola from Georgia Avenue. From there, make an immediate left turn onto Granesville Road and then make a right turn onto Elmont Street.

The Maryland Buddhist Vihara was established to promote Theravada Buddhist teaching and to provide Buddhist information in the United States and around the world. In addition, it provides spiritual guidance, practices, and educational opportunities for Buddhists and others interested in Buddhism. The primary goal of the IBC is to promote Vipassana meditations and Buddhist education.

The Head Monk and Resident Spiritual director is Bhante Katugastota Uparatana Maha Thera. Bhante Uparatana was ordained as a Buddhist monk under the guidance of Bhante Dr. Henapola Gunaratana Maha Nayaka Thera and Murddeniye Sri Ratanapala Maha Thera in 1966 in Ranwalagedara Viharaya, Sri Lanka. Both have served as his teachers, mentors and spiritual guides since that time. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sanskrit, Buddhist Philosophy and Mass communication from the University of the District of Columbia, USA. He has served the Washington DC community since 1982, as a monk, teacher, and Vipassana meditation teacher. Since 1989, he has donated his services as a Buddhist Chaplain at the American University in Washington, DC.

All services of the International Buddhist Center are offered free of charge and are supported by generous donations from the community.

The Maryland Buddhist Vihara, 2600 Elmont Street, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20902-2700. 301-946-9437

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