Poya-Day Buddhist Retreat

When: Every Poya Day
Where: No 30/90P, Longdon Place, Colombo 7
For: For Adults
Time: 8 am – 4 pm
Medium: Sinhala for Adults | English for Kids
Cost: Free

2023 Dates

January (Duruthu Poya)6th Fri
February (Navam Poya)5th Sun
March (Medin Poya)6th Mon
April (Bak Poya)5th Wed
May (Vesak Poya)5th Fri
June (Poson Poya)3rd Sat
July (Adhi Esala Poya)3rd Mon
August (Esala Poya)1st Tue
August (Nikini Poya)30th Wed
September (Binara Poya)29th Fri
October (Vap Poya)28th Sat
November (Il Poya)26th Sun
December (Unduwap Poya)26th Tue

Approximate Schedule

5:30 AMKiripidu Puja, Hevisi Puja and Vandana
7:00 AMBreak – Refreshments
8:00 AMDhamma Sermon
9:30 AMBreak
9:45 AMMeditation
10:30 AMBuddha Puja and Lunch Dana
10:30 AMBuddha Puja
11:00 AMLunch Dana
12:30 PMChanting & sharing merits
1:00 PMDhamma Sermon
2:00 PMBreak
2:15 PMVandana
4:00 PMMerit Sharing and Conclusion

Frequently asked questions

What is the cost to attend?

All of the programmes at Buddhist Nuns of Mahamevnawa are offered free of charge. We are supported exclusively by donations.

Are meals provided?

We offer meals and drinks to all the participants at our day-long events. If you have any special dietary needs, we ask that you bring food for yourself that doesn’t need to be refrigerated or heated as kitchen space is limited.

What are the 8 Precepts?

As a training in renunciation, participants at the Poya day program are able to observe eight training precepts. This is completely optional. You can learn more about the eight precepts here.

Do I have to wear white?

No. It is beneficial to wear white, but not essential. Some people wear a white shirt and any color pants. Traditionally, people often wear a white piece of cloth over their left shoulder and pinned together at the waste under the right arm.

What can be eaten in the evening?

Fruit juice, water, sugar, honey, rock candy. Tea and coffee can be taken without milk.

What should I sleep on?

Try and sleep on the simplest bed possible, using the most basic bedding you have. It is good if you can put the mattress on the floor.

How do I stop observing the 8 precepts?

Simply take the five precepts on your own.

If you have any questions before you come, you can contact us. During the retreat you can speak to one of the nuns or volunteers.