An organization of lay Buddhists who contribute for the development of religion and for socio-economic development of Sri Lanka.
The Centre was founded by the Late Venerable Walane Amathagavesi Thero in 1991. He conducted meditation classes and started regular 14-day Meditation retreats from February 1994, without interruption. These retreats are conuinued today to the benefit of thousands of devotees from Sri Lanka, Singapore, Canada, Australia, USA and even Japan.
4 Main Goals
- To translate Pali Tipiṭaka into Estonian
- To built the first Buddhist temple in Estonia
- To establish an International Meditation Center
- To built up an International Buddhist University in Estonia.
Dhamma Gavesi meditation center was established under the leadership and guidance of Venerable Walimada Jinalankara thero, in order to fulfill the aspirations of Sri Lankan Buddhist families living in Wellington and the southern part of North island in New Zealand.
Buddhist nuns, who in the past were confined to religious work on their own nunneries, are now playing a more effective role as social workers and change agents in society due to the training and education given to them. In the Center, social services such as Family counseling, pregnant women counseling, weekly meditation for adults as well as children, counseling for girls from correction schools, Children Dhamma programs and classes, delivering Dhamma discourses at events organized by schools and communities, conducting full day religious programmes for the general public, and many others are provided by the nuns of the Center.
Suan Mokkh is a forest monastery along the coast of Southern Thailand, 600 km from Bangkok. It was founded in 1932 by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu and grew to become the most innovative and progressive Buddhist teaching center in Siam. Although Buddhadasa Bhikkhu has passed away, much of his work continues.
For meditation retreats at Suan Mokkh, see: