What to Expect at Our Activities

Never been to one of our activities before? We want you to feel comfortable, so if you have any questions before you come, contact us using the phone or email at the bottom of the page. During the retreat you can speak to one of the monks or one of the volunteers.


Our activities are usually made up of a variety of activities. Meditation periods are either guided or silent and last no longer than 30 minutes without a break. There are usually talks on the teachings of the Buddha. We have breaks throughout the events so we can stretch our legs and talk with each other. At some events we do some chanting from a chanting book we provide for everyone to use. You can find more information about these by going to the “Activities” item in the main menu.

Dress Code

Many people like to wear white clothes but this is not compulsory. Especially for after work programs, whatever you wear to the office is fine.


You are welcome to sit in any posture you find comfortable. There are lots of chairs. We provide some cushions, but we encourage you to bring your own if you have one. We also encourage you to move to a chair if you become uncomfortable on the floor.


We offer lunch to all the participants at our day-long events. The food is mostly vegetarian. 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 extremely limited.

The Eight Precepts

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

If you have any questions before you come, contact us using the contact information at the bottom of the page. During the retreat you can speak to one of the monks or one of the volunteers.


9 Buddha Qualities, abandon suffering, aggregates~khanda, alcohol, anger, animal world, anuttaropurisadammasarati quality, araham quality, Aṅgulimāla Arahant, bad association, bhagava quality, buddhanussati meditation, Buddhist etiquette, chanting, compassion, confidence~saddhā, courage, craving, Culla Kammavibhanga Sutta, death, Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, Enlightenment, evil deeds, first noble truth, Four Noble Truths, friendship, ghost world, giving~dāna, good actions, gratitude, greed, guided meditation, heaven, ignorance, impermanence~anicca, jataka, jealousy, karma, killing, life of Buddha, lokavidu quality, losing loved ones, loving-kindness~mettā, lying, Maha Satipatthana Sutta, Mangala Sutta, marks of a great man, meditation, merit~puññā, Mihintale, mindfulness~sati, Mora Paritta, Mundane Right View, nibbāna, Noble Eightfold Path, noble truth of suffering, non-attachment, ordination, origin of suffering, parents, paritta, patience, pilgrimage, practice, precepts, psychic powers, pujas, Pāli, rains retreat, rare human birth, Ratana Sutta, respect, right speech, right view, sacred places, Sakka God, sammasambuddho quality, samsara, Sangha, Second Noble Truth, sexual misconduct, similes, Sri Lanka, stress, Sāriputta Arahant, Taking advice, Third Noble Truth, uposatha, Venerable Maha Moggalana, Vesak, vijjacaranasampanno quality, virtue~sīla, wisdom, Work, worldly conditions, wrong view