Special Guest Venerable Pemasiri from Sri Lanka
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Time: 7:30pm - 9pm PST
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Join us for a talk on ways to cultivate and maintain a happy mind in trying times. We will discuss powerful mental skills and practices to sustain mental peace in difficult times and throughout the rest of our life.
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Ven. Gampaha Pemasiri Nayaka Thero
Born on December 5th 1941 in Gampaha district, ven. Pemasiri started practising in Kanduboda at the age of 15. He received his samanera (novice) ordination in 1963, his upasampada (bhikkhu) ordination in 1965. In 1969, he obtained official Burmese Master's recognition as a meditation teacher and later on also as a teacher of meditation teachers.
On passing away of his beloved teacher ven. Sumathipāla in 1982, ven. Pemasiri became the chief incumbent of the center. After 5 years of untiring work, he relinquished this position and spent about a year abroad learning and travelling. Some time after returning to Sri Lanka, he became the chief incumbent at the Lanka Vipassanā Centre in Colombo, where stayed for 12 years. After about a year's stay in Australia he was invited to come to Kanduboda and start a new place on the original center's lands. He is currently still the abbot at the Sumathipāla Nāhimi Senasun Arana (https://www.sumathiarana.com/).
David has practiced and taught meditation for over 50 years, after receiving teacher training in Sri Lanka where he was a monk for three and a half years in his early 20s. David has done over eight years of deep retreat, and maintains an extensive daily practice. His intuitive approach to practice is uniquely suited to western minds, and he has been influential in the training of some well-known western teachers.