Pennsylvania Meditation Center

International Buddhist Society of Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania Meditation Center is a place of tranquility for all who would like to live a more peaceful life through mindfulness, meditation and the study and practice of the Buddha's teachings. 
Located in south central Pennsylvania, it was incorporated in 2004 as International Buddhist Society of Pennsylvania.


The Rains Retreat
and the Robe Offering Ceremony, "Katina"


The Rains Retreat

The monks are in retreat here each year from July through late October or early November at Pennsylvania Meditation Center, during which time they do not travel away from the center for more than a few days.

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Robe Offering

We celebrate the monks having completed the Rains Retreat with a special ceremony, based on the tradition that the Buddha initiated about 2,600 years ago.  A special robe is offered to one monk who made great efforts in Dharma practice during the rains retreat.  A group of members of our congregation generously has offered to sponsor the ceremony, including the special robe, and the food and other necessities for the monks during the rains retreat.
All are welcome to this free, all-day event from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and delicious lunch with many Asian delicacies!



Weekend Dharma Programs

Our Chief Monk, Venerable Chandrawansa, or "Bhante" 

(BON-tay) is available at the temple to speak to individuals by telephone, or in person.    

You may contact him at 814 735-4458 or 814 954-9011.

Please join us for group meditation and Dharma discussions by Zoom or at the McConnellsburg Library (see below).

We are cautiously reopening programs again at the temple, considering the Coronavirus crisis.  We hope to soon resume regular Dharma teachings on Saturdays and small group weekend retreats with meditation and Sutta discussion at the temple.  

All programs are free of charge.  Donations are welcome.

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Dharma For Kids

Free Dharma classes for kids on ZOOM!

With Jataka Tales, stories from life of Buddha, and Dharma discussions.

We are now planning for the new term which will start in October on Sunday mornings 10:00 a.m. EST on ZOOM.

For any questions, and for meeting ID and password, please email Lisa at 

For free Buddhist stories with Dharma lessons that you can print out or read online, see

Special Services

The monks are available to provide special services upon request, such as Dharma or meditation programs at your home or other venue, Buddhist blessing services for the ill or for special occasions, and housewarming blessings.


Group Meditation & Dharma Discussion

We warmly welcome you to join us for FREE guided meditation and Dharma discussions by IN PERSON or by ZOOM!  Yes, we have finally resumed in-person group meditation!


from 6:00 to 7:00 - Beginner meditation class

Zoom ID:  931 4496 2746

Passcode: 2406856868

THURSDAYS  at McConnellsburg Library IN PERSON

from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.    Please wear a mask!

(Meditation from 6:00 to 6:30, Dharma discussion 6:30 to 7:30)

Or if you prefer to join in on Zoom:

Zoom ID: 876 6730 3927

Passcode: 239282

Stay tuned for updates on resuming meditation on

at Coyle Free Library in Chambersburg

Meditation helps us de-stress, improve mood and concentration, and cope better with difficulties.  Suitable for all, whether you are new to meditation or experienced.


"Wisdom springs from meditation; without meditation wisdom wanes.  Having known these two paths of progress and decline, let a person so conduct himself that his wisdom may increase."

-The Buddha
(photo of meditation hut and walking path at Pennsylvania Meditation Center)

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Contact Pennsylvania Meditation Center

1999 South Valley Rd.

Crystal Spring, PA 15536, USA

Temple phone: (814) 735-4458

Bhante's mobile: (814) 954-9011

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