Meditation, Chanting and Dhamma Teaching with Bhante Devananda

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Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center

1402 Southern Ave · Beech Grove, IN

How to find us

Come in via Southern Avenue, Beech Grove, park, and walk to the main entrance to register.

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From 9 am to 4 pm August 31, Buddhist practitioners and their friends will have the opportunity to meditate and hear teachings from Bhante Devananda.

Venerable Thalangama Devananda Maha Thero (Bhante Devananda) was born in 1972. He was ordained June 17, 1982 and took high ordination (Upasampada) ten years later under Bhante Anuruddha.

Bhante Devananda is the Abbot (Vihara Dipati) and Meditation Instructor at Indiana Buddhist Temple.

He founded Indiana Buddhist Temple in 2003. He is also the Deputy Incumbent (Vihara Dikari) of Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Rajamaha Viharaya, Kotte, Srilanka. He has performed priestly services all over the USA and internationally, and has also been requested for special chanting & blessing ceremonies

In addition to his duties in Indiana, Bhante is also the Deputy Incumbent of Lankarama Buddhist Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Some of his published works:
• 2014 “Living Mindfully” Living Fort Wayne, Monthly Magazine May edition
• 2004 – Present, recorded CDs of Buddhist Chants:
Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion), Bojjhanga Sutta (the Seven Factors of Enlightment), Maha Mangala Sutta Pali and English, Dhammapada Verses in Pali and English, Gilana Sutta, Dhajagga Sutta, Maha Pirith, Seth Pirith, Ashirwada Pooja, Jinapanjara and many more.

The day program will be held at Benedict Inn in Beech Grove, Indiana Those who want to stay overnight may contact Benedict Inn directly.

The retreat is open to anyone willing to commit to staying for the whole period of the retreat from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you are needed to stay in touch with family or anyone between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm or are unable to stay the whole time, please consider coming to another retreat.

Vegetarian lunch will be provided. Participants shall also have the opportunity to offer a meal to the visiting monks, a merit-earning tradition in Buddhist countries.

Retreat Fees: IBMR's fees are on a sliding scale. This allows participants to pay according to individual means. There are five levels: Benefactor, Sustaining, Mid, Base and Scholarship.

Base does not cover IBMR's cost but is subsidized by those able to pay more. Mid is IBMR's cost without overhead expenses like supplies, promotional materials, meetup fees, etc. Sustaining is IBMR's actual cost. Benefactor provides opportunity to show appreciation and support IBMR's vision for Dhamma practice.

Fees are as follows: $100 (benefactor), $80 (Sustaining), $70 (Mid), and $55 (Base).

Part of the retreat fee goes to guaranteeing bhante and the other monks a minimum of donations. If there is surplus after expenses are deducted, the balance will be split between IBT and IBMR.

Dana is also available at the event. This goes directly to Bhante and the monks as the donor’s expression of gratefulness for the Dhamma.

Full or partial scholarships are available to those who can’t afford the full fee. Scholarships are supported by Thursday evening dana so priority shall be given to those who attend Thursdays. Apply to the Retreat Manager before you RSVP.

A $25 deposit can reserve your place but payment in full has to be made by August 26, Monday, at 9PM.

Please send inquiries to the Retreat Manager, Cindy Brown or if you have trouble meeting the deadline for payment of the retreat fee.

Please send cash or checks made out to the Retreat Manager, Cindy Brown at: 8865 Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46240. You may contact her at: [masked]. You may also hand her the cash or check at a meet-up..

Refunds for the full amount paid is available up to one week before the event, that is, when the retreat manager is made aware of your intent to cancel by 9 pm August 24, 2019.

IBMR is also making this event free of charge to any sister at Our Lady of Grace Benedictine Monastery, our hosts at the retreat center.

May we all experience ease, joy and happiness. May all beings be well and happy!