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Sunshine Meditation Center

11727 N Ola Ave · Tampa, FL

What we're about

In this group, we study the Buddha's earliest teachings as recorded in the Pali Canon. We practice samatha and vipassana (calming and insight) meditation and also study the teachings to understand how to apply them to our daily lives.

The monastery is led by monks ordained and trained in the oldest tradition of Buddhism still existing today, Theravada ( Our classes are conducted primarily by Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka. They provide spiritual and meditation guidance to the Tampa Bay community.

The Mahamevnawa Meditation Monastery Florida ( (Sunshine Meditation Center) (pronounced maha-may-oo-NA-va) is a branch of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monasteries ( which was founded in Sri Lanka. The monastery’s sole purpose is to spread the original teachings of the Buddha. The monastery is a warm and welcoming place for everyone to investigate true happiness through Dhamma and meditation.

Cost: All activities at the monastery are completely free. However, you are welcome to make a donation to the monastery as you see fit. Theravada Buddhists practice the tradition of dana, which is a Pali (the language of the Buddha) word for generosity. The monastery runs solely on the generosity of the community.

Even though yoga does not belong to the Theravada tradition the monastery has provided the opportunity for people to practice due to the health benefits. The monastery has supplied the space to Ivan Castillo of Synergetic Yoga Academy for the last few years for the purpose of providing yoga to the Tampa Bay community. He has over 30 years of experience.

About the yoga classes:

Ivan’s Yoga Classes are inspired from traditional Hatha Yoga and Classical Yoga. It is called Synergetic Yoga because it creates a synergy between mindfulness, breathing and a flow of yoga poses that awakens the innate intelligence of our bodies which free us at every level. Free your mind, Free your body. Open to all levels.

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