Meditation Center


Welcome to the website of the Pannasiha, Lion of Wisdom Meditation Center. This rural meditation retreat facility is a branch of the Washington Buddhist Vihara.

It is the fulfillment of the long-held dream of Bhante Maharagama Dhammasiri to honor his beloved teacher, the late Ven. Madihe Pannasiha Mahanayaka Thera. Lion of wisdom is the translation of the pali word pannasiha. Panna means wisdom and siha is a lion. The lion is the fearless king of animals, while Wisdom is the fearless king of the mind.

It is the purpose of this center to be a refuge from the hustle and bustle of city life and provide access to the slower nature vibrations of the rural countryside conducive to mindfulness meditation practice. There has long been a need for a meditation retreat center not too far from the tri-state metropolitan areas of Washington, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Most Venerable Madihe Pannghaseeha Maha Nayaka Thera

Can Yoga and Buddhist Meditation Mix

by  Bhante Yogavacara Rahula

Day of Mindfulness with Bhante Rahula

The director and principle teacher of this center is the well known Bhante Yogavacara Rahula, an American born Buddhist monk. Starting this April he will be offering three lengths of mindfulness meditation retreats to serve the individual needs and time constraints.

Here are the dates for a “Day of Mindfulness” (DOM) in October and Novemb

  • Saturday October 20th,   9-5pm
  • Saturday  November 10th, 9-5pm

Bring a bag lunch or a dish to share for lunch;  tea will be provided.


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