About MBVCA …

Our objective …

Manitoba Buddhist Vihara and Cultural Association (MBVCA) was established with the aim of providing Manitobans the opportunity to practice Buddhist teachings and preserving Sri Lankan Buddhist culture and traditions. The association encourages Buddhists and any interested persons to be actively involved in learning and practicing Buddha Dhamma through righteous conduct in everyday life. The association aims to preserve Buddha Dhamma for future generations through teaching the younger generation the value of Buddha Dhamma and its practice so that they can hand it down to their children.

MBVCA believes that bringing awareness of the great wisdom and contribution the Buddha made for the well being of mankind will establish peace and harmony between faiths through respect and understanding of Buddha Dhamma. As per Buddhist teachings, peace can be achieved by developing the inner peace and contentment within us and the serene environment at our temple is an ideal place for attaining your inner peace and contentment.

Our association also strives to provide the younger generations an exposure to the rich culture evolved around Buddhism over 2500 years.

What we do …

MBVCA conducts a number of programs to support learning and practicing Buddha Dhamma. Buddha Puja, meditation and Dhamma classes to children, youth and adults are conducted regularly on Sundays. Several other programs that include observance of eight precepts (Ata Sil), meditation practice, and Dhamma discussions are conducted regularly. The association also organizes number of other charitable and cultural activities such as blood donation campaigns, commemoration of important Buddhist events, and volunteer work. MBVCA specially encourages the participation of youths and children in these activities.

MBVCA would like to invite you to be a part of their activities and use those opportunities for your spiritual development.


Beginning, growth and future …

Manitoba Buddhist Vihara and Cultural Association was officially established on 7 March, 1999. However, the activities of the association can be traced back to the days when Radhika Abeysekara conducted Dhamma classes to a small group of children since early 1990s. This small beginning evolved into present MBVCA through the continued commitment and contributions of many volunteers.

In 2006, MBVCA acquired a building to establish a Buddhist Centre to facilitate its expanding activities. The association strive to achieve its objectives set forth by the constitution in the long term.


Our logo …

MBVCA logo consists of three Bodhi Leaves that depict the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. Bodhi tree represents the Buddha . Devotees who came to see the Buddha in Savatthi were disappointed when He was not in attendance. They wanted a symbol that they could venerate when the Buddha was not in attendance. The Buddha asked for a sapling of the Bodhi tree to be planted in Savatthi. The Buddha then asked his devotees to venerate the Bodhi tree that had provided shade for him during his search for enlightenment. Ever since then Buddhists revere the Bodhi tree as they do the Buddha.