Welcome to Mahamevnawa Washington DC

Mahamevnawa Meditation Center of Greater Washington DC (MMCDC) aims to provide a peaceful refuge for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike—with facilities that promote Buddhist teachings on various forms of meditation, personal reflection, and spiritual growth. It is our goal to spread the teachings and practices of Lord Buddha to lessen, and inevitably eliminate, the suffering of all beings..

"One who collects merit will be happy in this world Will be happy in the next world, thus being happy in both worlds When one recollects the merit acquired Will rejoice always with a happy mind."
-The Gautama Supreme Buddha

The Founder...


Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero (born 1 July 1961) is the founder of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery. Gnanananda Thero was born to the Roman Catholic family, parented by Cristy Kabraal and Violet Perera. The circumstances that followed his birth were ‘miraculous’, as the whole family became Buddhists just 6 months after his birth, going so far as to give up their main source of income: ‘animal husbandry for meat’ (a livelihood advised against by the Buddha).

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Meditation heals your human life more than by any other means. It also makes your life more meaningful. Practicing meditation is a remarkable way to develop your mind. It is our teacher, the Supreme Buddha, who first taught us the possibility of developing our minds. The Supreme Buddha developed His mind to the highest level first and showed it to us. Thus, the technique that is used to develop the mind is known as meditation.

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A chat With Your Mind...


No matter what your religion is. No matter what your belives are. You might believe only in the existence of this world or both this world and the world after death. You could also be someone who does not believe in anything. These belives you have in you will not affect the ability for you to understand the ‘philosophical aspects’ that you will read in this book. What you need in a discussion are your mind and the ability to think and envisage. Therefore, you are highly qualified in this discussion.

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There’s no fear about death in me. There’s no special desire about living as well. I am letting go of this body by establishing mindfulness and wisdom very well....

Arahant Ajita Thero