About Us


The Alberta Buddhist Vihara Association (ABVA) is a registered charitable organization in Alberta. Our objectives are to provide the greater Edmonton Community an understanding of Buddhism and its practice, particularly of the Theravada tradition.

Our activities are primarily offered through the Samatha-Vipassana Meditation Centre (SVMC), located in South Edmonton. Our program offerings include daily chanting (Buddha Püjä), meditation programs, sutta discussions, kids programs and full moon day retreats. These programs are conducted by resident monks in both English and Sinhala languages.

As a Registered Charitable Association (Reg. No: 89304 3646 RR 0001) , ABVA is funded by its membership dues and donations. All donations are Income Tax deductible. Your contributions are much appreciated since they are the sole source of funding for our activities and to support daily activities and long-term plans.

Spiritual Director and the Abbot of SVMC

Venerable Makola Nanda (Bhante Nanda)

Executive Committee

PresidentKamal Ranaweera
Vice PresidentWimal Witharana
SecretaryChethani Ratnayake
TreasurerLuckmal Nanayakkara
Director, FundraisingBhagya Liyanage
Director, MembershipTilak Basnayaka
Director, Building MaintenanceRanjan Kumburuthenna
Director, Special ProgramsWijaya Dassanayake
  Ex Officio  Thareesh Kariyawasam

Other Key Positions

Honorary AuditorMahinda Witharana
Däna CoordinatorPushpa Liyanage
Dhamma School CoordinatorNandika Bandara
WebmasterYasas Witharana
Area CoordinatorChandra Samarasinghe
Area CoordinatorSirima Kumburutenne
Area CoordinatorAnoja Hewapathirana
Area CoordinatorRanjana Witharana
Area CoordinatorChitra Withanachchi

Visit Us

3454 - 37 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6L 4Y9

Contact Us

Tel: 780-641-9795
Email: president@abva.org

3454 37 St NW