Monday, 21 May 2007

“Madakada Aranya” - Ingiriya

“Madakada Aranya” is situated in Ingiriya and one of the premier “Vipassana” meditation centers in the country. It also has branches in places such as Navinna, Salgala and few other places in the country. Contribution of this center for religious well being of Sri Lankan’s as well as for foreigners are invaluable.

Presently there are about 16 resident bhanthes and 7 resident laymen practicing “Vipassana” meditation at any given time. As it is our Buddhist way of life they have been well looked after by devotees in their day to day needs.

Trends in Sri Lanka

Presently more and more people are realising the value of “Vipassana” meditation and demand for meditation centers are high. This trend is high among the young people, including university students.

The Need

“Madakada Aranya” has out grown its capacity to cater additional demand. Incumbent bhanthe Venerable Ampitiye Mangala Thero planning to build minimum of 10 meditation rooms and other facilities such as toilet and bath rooms.

Present Status of the project

Architectural drawings has being prepared with special focus on economical construction methods to minimize cost.

Very conservative estimate at this stage is around Rs 3,000,000.00 for all ten units with toilets and bathrooms.

This facility will help people to continue meditation. This project will add merits to all of us, for years to come.

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