Kanduboda Meditation Centre

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Contact No: +94 11 240 2306 / +94 11 493 1808
E-Mail: siyanevipassana@yahoo.com

Organization Web: http://www.kandubodavipassana.lk


The 2500th Buddha Jayanti saw a great revival in Buddhism in Sri Lanka. There was renewed attention to Vipassana Meditation. Prime Minister at the time Sir John Kotelawala held dicussions on what could be done. The Burmese ambassador at the time U Ba Lwin during a meeting had suggested that the best thing to was to promote Insight meditation techniques to the Sri Lankans, which is the only way to bring immense satisfaction to them. The Lanka Vipassana Bhavana Samitiya (Lanka Insight Meditation Society) was formed.

On 28th July of 1955, a Burmese delegation of four theros led by U Sajata, a close assistant to Mahasi Sayadaw, arrived in Sri Lanka. Under their guidance and with from locals a complete meditation center was built in about six months at Kanduboda, a serene suburb 25kms from Colombo.

On 8th January of 1956 the Kanduboda Siyane meditation center was officially declared open. Ven Kahatapitiye Sumathipala thero was elected as the chief instructor and in-charge of the meditation center as an honor to his immense commitment to the creation of the meditation center.

Foreigners and locals alike are welcome to come and discover the fountain of wisdom within themselves through Vipassana (Insight) at the centre for no cost.

The center offers Vipassana meditation instruction in the style of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. The meditation centre can accommodate up to 70 meditators at a time. Accommodation, meals and services are offered free of charge, the centre being funded by donations. Programs are designed for meditators to stay for a number of weeks or months.

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