The meditation centre in Latvia is a result of inspiration and experience we have got at Pa-Auk Forest Monastery in Burma (Myanmar). The place for the center was blessed by Venerable U Acinna Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw during his visit in Latvia in 2009.
Once a year Steve and Rosemary Weismann visit Europe to teach two retreats - one in Germany and one in Switzerland.
Rosemary Weissman (b. 1952) and Steve Weissman (b. 1949) have been practicing meditation since 1972, and have received instruction from many of the leading Buddhist meditation teachers of Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, India, Australia, England and the United States.
They traveled to Thailand in 1979 and had the good fortune of being able to visit and practice with many famous Thai meditation teachers. It was during this trip that they were greatly influenced by one teacher who stressed the importance of having compassion, not only for others but also to have compassion for themselves.
In 1987, they were requested to teach at Wat Kow Tahm in Southern Thailand, and founded the International Meditation Retreat program in 1988. Since then, over 8,000 people from over 85 countries have participated in their retreats.
After 25 years in Thailand, they returned to Australia to live. Periodically, they teach in Australia and also travel to Europe & Singapore to teach retreats and/or workshops. They are authors of “…with Compassionate Understanding”, “Meditation, Compassion and Lovingkindness” and “Wise Reflection”, available worldwide.
Stressed highly among Steve and Rosemary’s teaching is the development of compassionate understanding.
The official website of the Birmingham Buddhist Vihara and the Talaka Pagoda, which are supported mostly by the Burmese community and native-born Buddhists. Details of the history of the Vihara, resident monks, Vihara activities, articles on Buddhism and a list of publications.
Visiting Monk of the Vihara Bhante Gnãnaratana, who came to the Vihara in June, 2000 is currently 36 years of age and he too is an erudite monk who was recommended by the High Authority of the Malwatte Chapter in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He has a BA Honours Degree and MA in Buddhist Philosophy from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. In addition, he has a diploma in education from the University of Colombo, in Sri Lanka. He comes to Copenhagen Vihara almost every weekend of every month from Sweden to serve the Sri Lankan Buddhist followers. He participates in Buddhist activities in Lund, Helsiengborg, and Malmo in Sweden.