Manitoba Buddhist Vihara and Cultural Association (MBVCA) was founded as a charitable organization in March 1999. The origin of the MBVCA goes back to 1989, when the founder of the association Radhika Abeysekera started teaching Buddhism to five children in Winnipeg.
The intention was to teach the children Lord Buddha’s message of peace. MBVCA, from this humble beginning, grew steadily over the years and many children have acquired valuable life skills through its programs.
All of these students nurtured to be peace loving and responsible citizens who contribute to Canadian society in their respective professional fields. MBVCA’s Sunday school, taught by volunteer teachers, at present serve more than eighty children. MBVCA is currently supported by more than 125 families. 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.
As per Buddhist teachings, peace can be achieved by developing the inner peace and contentment within us. With this in mind, MBVCA offers programs on mindfulness and insight meditation, and practice of loving kindness. In addition, MBVCA regularly organize charitable activities and cultural events.
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.
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.