Our Mission

The long-term plan is to raise sufficient funds through private donations to build monks’ residences, a meditation hall, and a general purpose hall on the monastery grounds for use by the lay community. A major fundraising effort is currently underway to raise the monies for building this permanent monastery. All operating expenses and building fund capital are obtained from donations freely given by those who come to hear Dhamma talks and seek guidance from the monks.

Once the necessary structures are built at the forest site, the monks will continue to officiate Buddhist ceremonies and provide Dhamma instruction for all who seek it. The monastery will be a source of information and learning about Buddhism, as well provide a space for those who wish to come on short – or long-term retreats to deepen their practice of the Buddha’s teachings.


The Sunshine Meditation Center (Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Florida) 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 of 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 Florida, the Center 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.

Ft Lauderdale

Our weekly sitting group meets every Sunday morning in the comfortable surroundings at dJang sTudios here in Fort Lauderdale.
A silent meditation session begins promptly @ 10:30am and runs for approximately 20 minutes, followed by a short break.
The group continues at 11:00am consisting of a dharma talk (centered on a specific topic of the week) followed by open discussion time and then guided meditation.
We also offer daylong retreats and a six week Insight/Vipassana meditation class for beginners, intermediates and other professional groups.

Winter Park

A non-profit organization formed to support the practice of insight (vipassana) meditation in the Orlando area.


Florida Buddhist Vihara, located in Tampa, Florida was founded in 1999.  It is a non-profit religious organization fully dedicated to the practice, promotion and dissemination of Gautama Buddha’s  teachings of morality, compassion, kindness, self -control and generosity.



The purpose of the Gainesville Vipassana Society is to support the practice of Vipassana (Insight Meditation) by offering frequent residential retreats and weekly sitting groups.


Schedule of sitting groups, classes and special events, background of teacher Bhante Dhammawansha.



At Wat Florida Dhammaram our mission and purpose is to provide a religious sanctuary to all of those faithful and interested in the teachings of Lord Buddha. Our monastery observes religious functions of the Buddhist calendar and provides daily chanting and meditation practice. All are welcome.