This rural meditation retreat facility is a branch of the Washington Buddhist Vihara.

It is the fulfillment of the long-held dream of Bhante Maharagama Dhammasiri to honor his beloved teacher, the late Ven. Madihe Pannasiha Mahanayaka Thera. Lion of wisdom is the translation of the pali word pannasiha. Panna means wisdom and siha is a lion. The lion is the fearless king of animals, while Wisdom is the fearless king of the mind.

It is the purpose of this center to be a refuge from the hustle and bustle of city life and provide access to the slower nature vibrations of the rural countryside conducive to mindfulness meditation practice. There has long been a need for a meditation retreat center not too far from the tri-state metropolitan areas of Washington, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Silver Spring

Strives to preserve Khmer culture, and transmit the Buddha's teachings.


Established in 2005, lead by Sayardaw U Kawvida, Aung Yadana Monastery is continuing to searve as a Myanmar Buddish Temple in Myarland, USA. Dhamma talks are given every other week by Sayardaw U Kawvida at the Monastery. Myanmar community gatherings for Myanmar holidays including New Year (Thingyan), ThiDin Kyoot, WarSo and many other holidays are celebrated at Aung Yadana Monastery.



The International Meditation Center - USA was founded in 1988 to promote the practice of Buddhist Vipassana meditation as taught by the late Sayagyi U Ba Khin.