Special Programs
Vesak Celebration
In May, date announced
Vesak is the most valuable and honorable day for the Buddhist world. On this day, they celebrate the Buddha's birth, awakening and passing away (parinibbäna), These are known as the three auspicious of the Buddha’s life. Vesak is celebrated on the full-moon day in the month of May. The Buddhist world organizes various events to pay homage to the Buddha.
Rains Retreat and Kathina Ceremony
Retreat from July to October, ending with Kathina ceremony (date announced)
Kathina is a special meritorious ceremony organized by Buddhist from the Buddha's time to offer robes to monks after the rainy season. This remarks the end of annual Rains Retreat.

During the early days of the Buddha, monks traveled around the country propagating Dhamma throughout the year. They continued this practice even during the heavy rain season in India (from July to October). However, the common practice of the society was contrary, where people refrained from none-essential traveling during this period. The Buddha received complains from the general society regarding the hardship that monks face when travelling during the rainy season as well as the impact of such travels to the environment.

Honoring the request of the society, the Buddha proclaimed monks not to travel during the rainy season. This was the beginning of the Rains Retreat tradition. Monks follow the Rains-Retreat Precept by remaining in monasteries and temples from full moon day of July to full moon day of October. Traditionally, devotees make special invitations for monks to take Rainy-Retreat precept in temples in their villages

The rains retreat is a great meritorious period for both monks and devotees. Monks dedicate most of their time in this period for deep meditation and spiritual development. Devotees also attend to the monks' needs with further dedication. Special Dhamma discussions and meditation programs are also offered more frequently at temples and monasteries during this period. This is the time for both monks and devotees to advance their spiritual development and liberate from hardship by practicing together. 

The Kathina ceremony remarks the end of the rains retreat. This is normally held on a date between the full moon day of October and early November. The heavy rain season in tropical India is usually over by then. Despite of any remaining rains the monks started their Dhamma propagation travels right after, with loving kindness and great compassion towards the community. 

Monks are normally allowed to use only 3 robes.  However, when travelling in rain right after the raining season, this was not enough. Considering this practical situation the Buddha allowed accepting an extra robe from devotees for those monks who observed rainy season retreat. However, this extra robe is allowed for use only for few months where rain still remains. 

Kathina is the special ceremony at the end of the rains retreat where the devotees offer the special extra robe for the monks. Kathina means strong, it's not about the strength of the robe but it’s about the practice of the monks. Since monks dedicated most of their time for practice of Dhamma during the rains retreat, their accumulation of merits are more powerful. Kathina is an unbroken ceremony held from the Buddha's time and it is a royal ceremony for some Buddhist countries. According to the legends this is a great meritorious deeds among the Buddhists.
New Year Chanting Ceremony
Typically on December 31st Night, changes announced
Chanting is a very common practice among the Buddhists. Pirit, Paritta, Paritträna are the Sinhala, Päli and Sanskrit words for chanting. The meaning of Paritta is protection — the protection from the bad influence of the environment. 

The human mind is subjected to be weaken by any distraction. Unsettled mind will capture by any disturbances. The chanting Sutras are selected from the original teaching of the Buddha, which contain compassion, loving- kindness etc. By listening and concentrating to the Paritta (chanting) one can settled the mind. The unshaken mind generates a protected surrounding for the person. 

In order to bless for the New Year, we organize a chanting ceremony on the night of December 31st. The exact date may vary due to practical reasons such as availability of monks from neighbouring temples. Any changes are announced.
Annual Residential Retreat
Dates announced
This is a rare opportunity for those who are willing to spend an adequate time with their own self. We offer this opportunity as an annual residential retreat, typically up to 7 days long. The retreat is based on the Four Foundation (Sathipatthäna) of mindfulness. Walking meditation, sitting meditation, sermons and discussions are applied to guide the participant on how to be mindful during their daily activities. This will help the individual to cultivate wholesome thoughts and purify the mind. The program is offered in both English and Sinhala mediums. Beginners and seasoned practitioners are welcome.