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Do we have to become Buddhist to come to the Centre and practice meditation?
No, Anyone can
practice Buddhist mediation methods, according to the instructions already received elsewhere. But if someone needs instructions
or want to discuss about their practice or if they have any questions about
meditation, they can meet the teacher and get an appointment to discuss.
If we want to learn meditation can we come
on any day or are there particular days to start meditation?
Can we come at anytime of the day to the Centre?
No, You have to come in between 1.00pm & 3.00 pm. Also
remember it takes about 2 hours by bus to get to the centre from Peradeniya,
Galaha Junction. If the centre is picking you up from the airport this
If a couple comes, do they get a shared
No, Male & Female sections are
What do we have to bring when coming to
Your personal requirements, like clothes,
toiletry, any medicines you need, a torch, an umbrella, and an alarm clock etc.
How about the meals?
Vegetarian meals are provided for
Breakfast & Lunch. Snack for evening.
Can we bring something to eat apart from
scheduled meal times, in case we get hungry?
Yes, you can eat anything vegetarian on
your own, without any requirement for cooking, inside your rooms or inside the dining hall.
How is the weather?
It is usually cold, especially in the
nights. Rain is very unpredictable.
Is there a Dress-code?
Yes. This is very important. You must dress more to conceal than
to reveal when you come to the center as well as during the retreat (No sleeveless vests, shirts and blouses and keep your legs covered
at all times)
There are monkeys (sometimes), mosquitoes and leeches, but they are not harmful. No dengue or malaria mosquitoes are reported here. You would not get sick if leeches bite you.
Also please remember not to feed monkeys or any other animals (cats, dogs, birds etc) at the centre.
What is the language used to give
Both Sinhala & English languages are
used at the Centre. Sometimes, there are retreats conducted totally either in
Sinhala or English. But usually, for the Group Meditation sittings, the teacher
will either talk in English or in Sinhala first & then the translation to
the other language will follow.
Can a group come together to Meditate?
It depends on requirement.
In case of an emergency is there a
hospital in close proximity?
The Kandy base hospital about 2 hours