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Forest lake temple

Opening Hours

Monastery gates open:

Open 365 days.

Monady – Sunday : 6.00am – 8.00pm

Basic Rules of Discipline
  • Respect all life: do not intentionally kill any living being, even small insects
  • Respect others’ property: do not steal or take anything not freely given
  • Be honest and straightforward: do not lie or intentionally deceive others. This is easy when observing silence!
  • Be celibate: no sexual activity. This also includes no holding hands, hugging, massages and other physical displays of affection
  • Be alert and mindful: avoid intoxicants such as alcohol, drugs and cigarettes (we encourage you to stop smoking while here, but if this is impossible, one can smoke at a designated place within the centre boundary)
  • Be considerate of others’ silence: keep silence in the appropriate areas and at all times during your visit, especially in the time of meditation and Ata sil programs. No singing or playing music and in general, maintain a quiet demeanor while on the property
  • Be considerate of the monks and nuns: dress respectfully (please no shorts above the knee, tank-top shirts or tight and revealing clothing)

Monastery Rules

Sri Lanka Buddhist Monastery is a monastery in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. When you are in the temple property, you are in a sacred space just like any other religious tradition. Please be calm and quiet and be respectful of practitioners and the monks and nuns in all areas of the monastery and take a moment to be aware of the following general protocol:

  • Visitors are welcome to walk quietly around the Monastery grounds that are not marked as ‘Restricted’ or use the hall for individual meditation. Smoking, alcohol and music are prohibited on the monastery grounds
  • Remove shoes, head-gear and leave them in the front entrance before entering the main shrine room and rest of the worship places. Please remove your shoes and head-gear on entering the kitchen or food areas
  • Please wear modest clothing which covers you. This applies to both men and women, and includes not wearing short skirts, shorts, thigh slashes in skirts, sleeveless or low-cut tops and singlets
  • Please switch off you mobile phone and avoid making loud noises
  • Anyone is welcome to come to the monastery and share in the meal
  • If you wish to drop off dry food/other goods on arrival, you can drive down to the kitchen (park the car in the temple car park next to the main hall).
  • If you need assistance with food preparation or have any questions on arrival, please talk to one of the lovely people around or feel free to talk to monks, as they are happy to help.
  • You are welcome to do your own meditation practice or simply sit in silence for as long as you wish during your visit; sit on the cushions on the floor provided or in the chairs along the sides of the rooms
  • Please sit with legs crossed or to the side (or with feet flat on the floor or tucked under your chair if seated); please do not stretch out your legs toward the shrine; in this tradition, it is considered a form of disrespect for the bottoms of one’s feet to face the sacred images at the front of the room.
  • Learn a schedule of tours and practices that are open to the public regardless of spiritual tradition or level of training.

Daily Schedule

Temple is open 365 days from 6.00 A.M. to 8.00 P.M.

7:00 Morning Buddha Pooja followed by Chanting of Seth Pirith
7:30 Breakfast for Monks
8:00 Study
9:00 Preferred appointment taking time
11:00 Day time Buddha Pooja
11:30 Lunch for Monks
12:30 Blessing service for devotees after lunch followed by Dhamma talk
13:00 Resting
14:00 Meeting by Appointment
15:00 Gilanpasa Buddha Pooja and Chanting of Seth Pirith

Frequently Asked Questions

Monastery gates open:
Open 365 days.
Monady – Sunday : 6.00am – 8.00pm

It takes approximately good 1-2 hours to just visit the premises.
If you wish to participate in a special event it could be longer.
It is free for public and no admission fee is charged.
You can meet the monks in the temple as per their availability. Also there are plenty of resources and books available in the temple library.

Tours can be arranged by contacting the temple prior to visit

There is no charge for the guided tour but you can donate or contribute to temple welfare as per your preferance.

No there is no such requirement. Anyone is welcome to come to the monastery and share in the meal. We strictly request all the visitors to follow and respect monastery rule and regulations.

There are so many ways to volunteer for the temple. Please contact temple adminstration for further information.