The type of meditation taught at the Thames Buddhist Vihara belong to the Theravada tradition of Buddhism. This is the type of Buddhism found predominantly in Sri Lanka and other south Asian countries.
Meditation (Bhavana) means ‘cultivation’ of wholesome mental states. These states are then used along with various other methods of practice to bring about total peace to the mind. This peace is beyond race, colour or creed.
In terms of the meditations practiced, Samatha and Vipassana are the two main types of meditation taught. One gives rise to tranquillity and stability of mind, while the other gives rise to deep insight into the nature of phenomena. This in turn gives rise to letting go of all phenomena that arises in the mind. Buddhists practice not only meditation, but the entirety
of what is known as the Noble Eightfold Path, which includes developing view, attitudes and personal traits conducive to a peaceful existence.
Classes are held on Wednesdays (English) and Thursdays (Sinhalese) weekly, unless notified.
Times: 19:00 – 21:00.
Content: 19:00- 20:30 Meditation
20:30 – 21:00 Discussion of practice/ dhamma.
Meditation days (‘Day retreats’) are held on some Saturdays at the Temple. Dates will be notified. These are suitable for more advanced practitioners but even beginners are welcome to try out a portion of the days activities.
Annually a 14 day retreat is held. This meditation retreat is residential, with individual guidance, in an immersive experience conducive to the practice of meditation and other Buddhist practices.
Short meditation slots are also conducted (‘guided meditations’) at the monthly Poya (Full moon) days, in which lay Buddhists come to the temple for more in-depth practice (‘Sil’).
The meditation is conducted by Dr. Matheesha Gunathilake and Dr. Shiroma Bandara.