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.
Pennsylvania Meditation Center
International Buddhist Society of Pennsylvania
Weekend Dharma Programs
Our Chief Monk, Venerable Chandrawansa, or "Bhante," presents a Dharma teaching every Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (except when he is on travel).
Meditation and Sutta discussion weekend retreats:
February 8-9, 22-23
March 7-8, 21-22
April 4-5, 18-19
May 2-3, 16-17
All programs are free of charge. Donations are welcome.
Please call to confirm timings, 814.954.9011
We welcome you to join us for FREE guided meditation:
Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 pm at the Center.
Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm at McConnellsburg Library, downstairs.
Fridays 6:30-7:30 pm at Coyle Free Library in Chambersburg
Bhante guides us in meditation, helping us de-stress, improve mood and concentration, and cope better with difficulties. Suitable for all, whether you are new to meditation or experienced.
Full-day, weekend and 4-day meditation retreats are now offered! Limited accommodation in room or meditation hut is available for overnight retreat participants. Please call for details.
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.
We are planning Dharma programs for kids, ages 6-14, at the Center. Please call for details.
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.
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!
"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."