Vihara Buddha Gotama is a 15-acres forest monastery founded in 1998 mainly for the study, teaching, practice and propagation of the Buddha’s discourses (suttas), monastic discipline (vinaya), and meditation, according to the original teachings of the Buddha.
It is open to monks (bhikkhus and samaneras), nuns (maechees or anagarinis), and also laymen and laywomen.
This Vihara caters mainly to the residential community of monks and nuns, and those training to be monks and nuns. Thus, the daily schedule includes about 4 hours of group meditation, 2 hours of work, and 2 hours of Dhamma-Vinaya study and discussion. Since the Vihara is not a meditation centre tailored to the needs of lay people, it is not run on a weekly retreat basis. Rather, perhaps one could say that it is run on an everyday retreat basis.
All residents, permanent and visitors, are normally expected to take part in all the daily activities of the Vihara, unless they are unwell or have some other valid reason.
Visiting hours are from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm daily, and guests should call up beforehand if they wish to visit outside these hours to ensure it is convenient and the gates are opened.
Consultation/discussion with the abbot is from 11:30-12:30 p.m. daily, unless he is otherwise engaged. (Mobile Tel: +60 12 469 7483)