Mahamevnawa Meditation Monastery Florida

The Sunshine Meditation Center is a branch of Mahamevnawa Meditation Monastery in Sri Lanka. SMC works as Mahamevnawa Meditation Center Florida (MMMF). The SMC will provide a quiet, peaceful refuge for all humanity (both Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike) with facilities that promote meditation, personal reflection, and spiritual growth. It is our goal to lessen, and inevitably eliminate, the suffering of all beings. We will emphasize the universal teaching of the Buddha that can be applied to modern life.


Sunday Meditation and Sutta Study.

This meditation class is suitable for beginners as well as people with experience. We will give simple instructions that anyone can follow. There will be guided and silent meditation as well as a discussion about the teachings of the Buddha.

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Saturday Bodhi Puja.

Our teacher, the Blessed one, Arahant, Fully Awakened One, attained his full Enlightenment at the river Neranjara while he was seated meditating under the Bodhi tree (ficus religiosa) which provided him with blissful shade from the sun, helping him to attain victory over the defilements of his mind. Let’s gratefully recollect this wonderful moment.

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Uposatha day Meditation Program. (In Sinhala)

Sinhala Dhamma and Meditation programs will be held every third Saturday of the month for anyone interested in practicing meditation and learning the teachings of the Buddha in Sinhala language.

The program includes observance of the eight precepts, dhamma sermons, meditation, dhamma discussions, Buddha Vandana and various meritorious activities throughout the day.

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We welcome your donations

All retreats and classes at Sunshine Meditation Center are run solely on a donation basis.
You may give a donation, small or large according to your means and volition.
You donate not with the idea of paying for what you have received, but to give someone else the same opportunity in the future.
Each center is financially autonomous and these donations are the only source of funding; there is no wealthy foundation or individual sponsoring the courses.



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Are donations I make to MMMF tax-deductible?

Yes. As a non-profit organization, Mahamevnawa Meditation Monastery, Florida is exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Consequently, your contributions to Mahamevnawa Meditation Monastery, Florida are tax-deductible under U.S. tax regulations.

I made a donation to MMMF. How do I claim the tax deduction? Do I need a special form from MMMF?

At the end of each year we send automated receipt of all donations we receive from you over the year. We are using modern online accounting software to keep track of all our finances to insure utmost transparency. If you need a letter from our treasurer before the end of the year or for other purposes indicating the amount you donated, please send an email to and we will get back to you in no time.

What is MMMF’s Tax Identification Number?

The Mahamevnawa Meditation Monastery tax identification number is 27-4963826.

How can I learn more about Mahamevnawa Meditation Monastery’s financial status?

Please contact our treasurer at He can schedule view only access to our online accounting software.

Sangha Dana: The Gift of Support for the Monastic Community

When the Buddha designed the spiritual life for his monastic and lay followers, he created a system of mutual dependence. Lay people who lived in the world would provide the basic necessities of food, shelter, clothing, and medicine to the monks and nuns. The monastics would then be free to learn and practice the Buddha’s teachings to the highest level. By providing material support, lay people get to practice material generosity and monastics get to practice spiritual generosity by sharing the teachings they have learned.

This spiritual relationship is maintained to this day by the monks living in the monastery in Tampa, Florida. Every day lay people have the opportunity to come and offer breakfast and lunch to the monks. This then gives them an opportunity to listen to teachings and ask questions.

Please Call the Dana coordinator (Malka Rodrigo – 813-453-1704) to reserve a day for offering Dana. You can come and offer the dana in the early morning.If you like to make the date recurring (come every month on that day) please let Dana coordinator know. Thank you so much. As a founding supporter of Sunshine Meditation Center (Mahamevnawa Florida) even your little contributions will go a long way,

with metta,

your kalyanamittā

Dana – Coordination, call Malka Rodrigo at 813-453-1704

Monastery Phone Number – 813-961-5296

The Meaning of Dana ?

Dana is the Pali word for giving. The practice of giving is universally recognized as one of the most basic human virtues, a quality that testifies to the depth of one’s humanity and one’s capacity for self-transcendence. In the teaching of the Buddha, too, the practice of giving claims a place of special eminence, one which singles it out as being in a sense the foundation and seed of spiritual development.

Giving can also be identified with the personal quality of generosity (caga). This angle highlights the practice of giving, not as the outwardly manifest act by which an object is transferred from oneself to others, but as the inward disposition to give, a disposition which is strengthened by outward acts of giving and which in turn makes possible still more demanding acts of self-sacrifice. Generosity is included among the essential attributes of the sappurisa, the good or superior person, along with such other qualities as faith, morality, learning, and wisdom. Viewed as the quality of generosity, giving has a particularly intimate connection to the entire movement of the Buddha’s path. For the goal of the path is the destruction of greed, hate and delusion, and the cultivation of generosity directly debilitates greed and hate, while facilitating that pliancy of mind that allows for the eradication of delusion.

For further reading, go to:
Dana: The Practice of Giving

Selected essays edited by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

Financial Help

Dana for General Purposes
This dana will be allocated by the Sangha for whatever items or purposes are of greatest need in the general administration, functioning, and development of Mahamevnawa Florida Monastery.

Dana for Food

This dana will be allocated specifically for the groceries purchased for the Sangha’s meals.
Dana for Sangha Requisites
This dana will be allocated specifically for the general requisites of the monks for items such as robes, toiletries, slippers, medicine, etc.
Dana for Dharma
Though the Dharma taught at Mahamevnawa Florida Monastery is completely free, we welcome financial assistance to help in the proliferation of Dharma. Dana would be allocated to such things as costs incurred in keeping the website up and technically advanced in order to post the Dharma from Mahamevnawa Florida Monastery. It may also include allocating money for travel costs for teachers, translators, etc. It may also go towards producing audio CDs of Dharma talks, as well as producing any literature, and peripheral Dharma materials.
Dana for Specific Designation
If there is something more specific you would like your monetary dana to go towards, you can simply write to us about your suggested offering at contactus so that the Sangha can take it into consideration as to its necessity.

Donations For Monastic Support and Health Care