125 Anderson Road
Dehiwala, Sri Lanka.
Tel: (94-1) 734256 or 726 234,
Fax: (94-1) 736737
Services include Writing, Translating, Printing and Publishing Buddhist Literature, Sale of Books and distribution of free books. Establishment of Branch Buddhist Bookshops, and Mobile Units traveling throughout the island selling books an Buddhism. Religious Counseling. Conducting residential Meditation Courses at the Meditation Centre at Kananwila, Horana, for short or long periods.
The Director of the BCC: Ven.K.Wimalajothi, Thera
For further information try this Web site: www.lanka.net/bcc
Kananwila, Horana, (near Colombo) Sri Lanka
Director: Ven. K. Wimalajothi
A Meditation Centre with modern facilities, has been established an a very picturesque mountain slope.
Accommodation is available for 30 to 40 people at a time. Instructions are given an both Samatha and Vipassana Meditation. Special instructions are given to beginners. The period of stay can be up to two weeks. Basic personal requisites should be brought by the meditators. The food supplied is vegetarian. No charge is made but any donation towards food and upkeep of the Centre will be appreciated, (this being a voluntary contribution).
Mowbray Galaha Road
Hindagala (near Kandy)
Tel:  (08) 34649
How to get there: Take the train to Sarasavi Uyana Peredeniya Station. Go to Galaha Road (take a short cut through University campus), then take the bus from Galaha Road to Mahakanda Junction.
Meditation System: S.N. Goenka vipassana tradition. In a ten day retreat, meditators begin by undertaking the Five Precepts of moral conduct as the basis for their practice. They work to concentrate the mind by focusing an the natural breath at the nostril. Once sufficient concentration is established, they proceed to the technique of Vipassana proper: They explore their mental and physical nature by moving attention systematically throughout the body, dispassionately observing the physical sensations that occur. This everdeepening introspection sets in motion a process by which past conditioning of the mind is eliminated layer by layer. The course concludes with the practice of Metta Bhavana, the mental sharing with others the benefits meditators have gained by their practice. 10 day courses are held regularly throughout the year. A written application, prepared and sent a week in advance, to the centre, is required to attend a course.
Horana, Sir Lanka
Teacher: Rev. Sathindriya
Contact address: c/- Mr. Liyanage
No: 83 A, Pepiliyana Road
Dehiwala, Sri Lanka
"Mount Hermitage" is a small meditation centre one hour from Colombo City. It is situated in Horana. People who want meditate and study the Teachings of the Buddha are welcome. It is opened for everybody who belongs to the three schools of Buddhism as weil as non-Budddhist who wish to practice meditation.
Galaha, Sri Lanka (near Kandy)
Teacher: Upul Gamage
How to get there: This meditation centre is near the top of a mountain in the highland tea estate region just south of Kandy. Take the Galaha bus from Kandy, ask for a ticket to Nilambe Bungalow Junction. Follow the main road to the top of the mountain. It's about a 45 minutes walk. You can also use the stairs through the tea plantation, (if there's rain, they are not useful). Meals and lodging are 300 Rs. per day.
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An affiliated Mahasi Sayadaw Meditation Centre, about an hours bus ride from Colombo catering for foreign meditators. This centre in Kanduboda is a residential vipassana training and retreat centre, open to sincerely interested male and female meditators who are prepared to do intensive retreat for at least a minimum of two weeks. No fees charged, voluntary donations weicome.
Chief Meditation Instructor: Ven. Madawela Upali, Thera
Details can be had from Mr. Bogoda Premaratne, Chairman Board of Trustees,
Tel/Fax: (94 1) 810 685
Telephone at Centre (94 1) 570 306
108 Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7
Teacher: Ven. Pemasiri
Meditation System: Mahasi Sayadaw method.This centre in Colombo is a residential vipassana retreat centre, open to sincere male and female meditators who are prepared to do intensive retreats.
150 Dharmasoka Mawatha
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Tel/Fax: 0094-8-225471 (not always working)
Web site: members.aol.com/Analayo
The Centre is situated an the outskirts of Kandy in Sri Lanka, at the back of the Utawatakele natural forest reserve and within walking distance of the Buddhist Publication Society. The Lewella Centre offers small meditation huts for self retreat, situated an a secluded hill with a beautiful view over the Mahavelli river valley. The huts are bungalow type buildings with electricity, water and an attached toilet. Residential stay is possible for male meditators of any Buddhist meditation tradition (for female meditators a similar centre, the Visakha Meditation Centre, has recently been opened in Kandy). The main building of the centre also houses a library, a meditation hall and a room for Yoga exercises. Residents are welcome to develop their own individual schedule, combining meditation, study and exercises according to personal inclinations and needs. The teachers offer guidance and support for those interested.
Resident meditators assist the centre's maintenance costs with 200 Rupies daily (approximately U$3) for staying in the retreat huts and two simple vegetarian meals per day.
Meetirigala 11742, Sri Lanka.
Meetirigala Nissarana Vanaye is a monastery in the strict forest tradition in Sri Lanka. It is one of Sri Lanka's most respected meditation monasteries. It was founded in 1968 by Asoka Weeraratna (the founder of the German Dharmaduta Society and the Berlin Buddhist Vihara in Germany). He equipped the monastery with all the facilities conducive to the meditative life, found an accomplished meditation master, Ven. Matara Sri Gnanarama Mahathera (author of 'Seven stages of Purifications' and 'Seven Contemplations', both published by the BPS), to direct the meditation training, and then, his mission accomplished, he himself entered the Buddhist order under the name Ven. Mitirigala Dhammanisanthi Thera. Meditators and monks go pindapada in the traditional style, male meditators are allowed to stay for up to 2 weeks, but only after receiving prior invitation. The meditation teacher is Ven. U Dhammajiva, a student of Ven. Sayadaw U Pandita.
Dodanduwa, Galle District
Polgasduwa Island Hermitage is a Forest Monastery which has been established for over eighty years for males only. It is possible for sincere meditators (male only) to stay an the island to study and practice traditional Theravada meditation. To maintain the quiet of the hermitage it is necessary to write in advance and receive a written invitation. What to bring: Clothes: Do not wear bright coloured or flashy clothes. For overnight stays: sheet, blanket or sleeping bag, white "upasaka" clothings: white shirt and white sarong or white trousers, torch with spare batteries, umbrella, alarm clock, passport with valid visa, mosquito repellent. If one wishes to stay, please write to the Austrian monk, Ven. Nyanasanta.
Dodanduwa, Galle District
Resident monk: Ven. Nagata (an Australian monk)
Parappuduwa Hermitage is a Theravada Buddhist Meditation Centre in the Forest Monks tradition. The island is situated in beautiful Rathgama Lake 5 kms south of Hikkaduwa and 104 kms south of Colombo. It is possible for sincere meditators (males only) to stay an the island to study and practice traditional Theravada meditation. To maintain the quiet of the hermitage it is necessary to write in advance and receive a written invitation. To receive an invitation, please write in English:
To the Monk-in-Charge, Parappuduwa Hermitage,
Katudampe, Dodanudwa 80250, Sri Lanka
The invitation will advise how to reach the boat pick-up and any other necessary information. Only persons with invitations will be picked up by the boat and arrival by any other boat is not allowed.
What to bring: Clothes: Do not wear bright coloured or flashy clothes. For overnight stays: sheet, blanket or sleeping bag, white "upasaka" clothing: white shirt and white sarong or white trousers, torch with spare batteries, umbrella, alarm clock, passport with valid visa, mosquito repellent.
70, Pirivena Road, Mt. Lavinia, Sri Lanka
Tel: 94-1-730149, 712886, 75-513607,
This was the seat of Buddhist Education in the 19th century (under British rule) in Sri Lanka. It is the birth place of two National Universities, namely Vidyodaya (Sri Jayawardhanapura) and Vidyalankara (Kelaniya). The founder of Parama Dhamma Cetiya Pirivena was Ven. Walane Sri Siddhartha Maha Thera (1811-1868). This Pirivena (school for novice monks) was established in 1841. It was started with a small humble Kuti (hut). Little by little this Institute gained faith and fame from this country and abroad. It is because of its well organized system of oriental and occidental education that it became popular as a center of learning. Today it is a well recognized International Buddhist Educational centre for monks in Sri Lanka. The Meditation Institute which is in the same premises is well known locally and internationally. The institution is currently directed by Ven. Dr. Mapalagama Wipulasara Maha Thera.
Web site: www.parama-dhamma.lk