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Bhante Yogavacara Rahula

Bhante Yogavacara Rahula Mahatera born in Southern California as Scott DuPrez in 1948. Became a Buddhist monk in 1975 at Gothama Thapovanaya, Kalupaluwawa, Sri Lanka. Lived at the Bhavana Society, West Virginia, USA from 1986 until 2010. Bhante Rahula is now Director and Principal Teacher at the Pannasiha Lion of Wisdom Meditation Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Work Retreat

This is an opportunity for families and friends to come to Bhavana and help with maintenance chores, painting, clearing paths, and working on the kutis, etc.  All are welcome to join in this casual retreat.  Everyone over the age of 15 years of age must register separately.  Children under the age of fifteen can be registered with a parent, boys with men and girls with women, please make sure to note the child's name and age on the registration form, thank you.  Scheduled group chores will be the focal point of this weekend retreat along with meditation sessions and Dhamma

Bhante Saddhajeewa

Bhante Ethkandawaka Saddhajeewa Thero received his higher ordained in Sri Lanka. He is a meditation and Dhamma teacher. He has many years of experience in working with youth and young adults as an educator, administrator, psychotherapist, as well as a social worker.

Monastic Community

The Bhavana Society is a community of monastics and lay people living according to the precepts and practices laid down by the Buddha, Siddhattha Gotama, over 2500 years ago.  The Pali word “Bhavana” means mental cultivation and Bhavana is dedicated to the practice of Theravada Buddhist meditation that refers to the oldest school of Buddhism.