2019 Events
Visit to the Bhavana Society Meditation Center 
Ayya Sudinna recently translated Bhante G's (Henepola Gunaratana) book Meditation on Perception: Ten Healing Practices To Cultivate Mindfulness into Sinhala from English and received published copies when she went to Sri Lanka. Ayya wanted to deliver the book to Bhante in person so we took a "road trip" to the Bhavana Society Meditation Center in West Virginia. These are some of the pictures that were taken. We also had a "road trip" around Bhavana when Bhante G graciously toured the grounds  with us. It was a very special time as there were only 3 people in residence at Bhavana (including Bhante) and Ayya Sudinna, Indira and Roberta were the only 3 guests.
February 27, 2019 

Ayya Sudinna has returned to the Vihara after a trip to Sri Lanka.
2018 Events
October International Bhikkhuni Day

Carolina Buddhist Vihara celebrated International Bhikkhuni Day on 30th September 2018. The participants observed the ten monastic precepts and meditated. They then listened to a Dhamma talk about the significance of the day and Queen Maha Pajapathi Gothami's role in the establishment of the bhikkhuni order.

After the Buddha puja and noon dana, an interesting discussion based on the lives of the arahat theris whose spiritual and worldly striving to gain liberation caused "sanvega" and awe in those present.

Finally together we sang the song commemorating the bhikkhunis who were placed foremost in various categories by the Buddha.

Sadhu! Sadhu ! Sadhu!

Ayya Sudinna to Visit Sri Lanka
Ayya Sudinna will be visiting Sri Lanka from mid November, 2018 until the beginning of February, 2019. To visit the temple during this time, please contact Mallika  ( 864- 288- 7032) or Indira (864- 915- 0462). Thanks, Metta. SCBVihara.
Vesak Celebration at the Vihara
Higher Ordination (Upasampada) at Buddhi Vihara, Santa Clara, CA

On May 12, 2018, Bhikkhuni Cittananda (Chau) received "Upasampada" (Higher Ordination) at the Buddhi Vihara in Santa Clara, California. Both Bhikkhus & Bhikkhunis participated. Ayya Sudinna was the preceptor.

A Zen nun named Konin was also ordained as a Samaneri (Samaneri Dhammadipa) in the Theravada tradition on the same day by Ayya Sudinna.

"Those who have gone forth are of various families and from various countries; 
nevertheless they are friendly to one another;
therefore ascetics are dear to me."

-Rohini Theri Gata

Videos of the ceremony are below:
Ayya Sudinna to Travel to California
May 10, 2018 to May 23rd, 2018: Ayya Sudinna will be away in CA to attend a Higher Ordination ceremony at the Karuna Vihara in San Francisco. She will return on May 23, 2018.
Poya Day Talk by Ven U. Jotika
A Poya Program was held on the 15th of April, and guest speaker Venerable U. Jotika gave a talk to the devotees present at the Vihara.

2017 Events

Higher Ordination (Upasampada) held at the Dhammadharini Monastery
Ayya Sudinna at the higher ordination (Upasampada) held at the Dhammadharini Monastery in California on the 3rd of December 2017 (Sangamitta Day) 
Ayya Sudinna has returned to the Vihara and the usual programs will be held from Monday the 18th of December, 2017.

Dhamma Class for Children

The SCB Vihara has started a Dhamma Class for children between the ages of 7-12 years. The first class was held on the 13th of August 2017, and will be held monthly thereafter. 

We welcome all children who would like to meet friends and study the Dhamma in a friendly and interesting way at the Vihara. Please contact the Vihara for the dates/times of the next class.
California Silent Retreat
Above is a picture of the participants of the daylong retreat at the end of the long silent  retreat attended by Ayya Sudinna in California

June 2, 2017:

  • Ayya Sudinna has returned to the SCB Vihara after completing her retreat in California. She offers her heartfelt thanks to the retreat organizers.

7 April to 31 May:

  • Ayya Sudinna will be on a "Silent Retreat in California" from 7 April - 31 May

15 May to 26 May:

  • The Venerable Mangala, a monk from the "Bhavana Society", will be in residence at the SCB Vihara from 15 May - 26 May. He is a pupil of Bhante Henepola Gunaratana. Please visit the Vihara during his stay, meet him and learn from him. Please assist him as well as you can by providing alms etc. It will bring you much merit. Thank you.

2016 Events

Khmer-American Cultural Center Event, Lowell MA 


SCB Vihāra was invited to join a special fundraising event on Sunday December 18, 2016 in Lowell Massachusetts termed "Bhikkhuni's 311-Precepts-Money-Trees" which was also the 5th Anniversary celebration of "Vatt Khmer Lowell" and  "Khmer-American Cultural Center".

Silent Retreat with Bhante Yogavacara Rahula


A silent retreat was conducted by Bhante Yogavacara Rahula at the vihāra premises on the 9th of September 2016, and at the Montessori school in Mauldin from September 10 to 11. About 30 to 40 people participated. It was greatly appreciated by all attendees. We hope that Bhante would be compassionate and visit us to help our practitioners again.

2015 Events

Sharing Kathina 2015
Thank you to all of the about 40 people who attended Kathina, and supported the Sangha/vihāra.
The Bhikkhunis chanted paritta for more than 3 hours on the evening of the Oct 30th, blessing all the people in attendance, and also all over the world. On Oct.31 people came from 8:30AM to 3PM. The customary kathina robe was offered by Indira Gunasekera. In addition, many everyday items where generously donated to the vihāra.

There were talks on many topics, including the meaning of kathina, purpose of meditation, Buddha puja, and dāna.

The following day many of the nuns went to the Charlotte vihāra in order to celebrate kathina there.