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International Buddhist Center
2600 Elmont Street, Wheaton, MD 20902-2760
301-946-9437 voice / 301-962-7364 fax
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The International Buddhist Center was established to promote Theravadan Buddhist teaching and to provide Buddhist information in the United States and around the world. In addition, it provides spiritual guidance, practices, and educational opportunities for Buddhists and others interested in Buddhism. The primary goal of the IBC is to promote Vipassana meditations and Buddhist education. The following services are provided:

Sunday 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Children's Dhamma School
5:00 to 5:00 p.m. Vandana (Devotions) Service
Wednesday 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Vipassana Meditation

The center can be reached by taking Exit 31A from 1-476. Go north on Georgia Avenue about 2.5 miles. Then turn left onto Arcola Avenue. Go one block and turn left onto Grandview Avenue. Go four blocks to Elmont Street. Park on Elmont Street or Grandview Avenue.

Bhante Katugastota Uparatana Maha Thera

The Head Monk and Resident Spiritual director is Bhante Katugastota Uparatana Maha Thera. Bhante Uparatana was ordained as a Buddhist monk under the guidance of Bhante Dr. Henapola Gunaratana Maha Nayaka Thera and Murddeniye Sri Ratanapala Maha Thera in 1966 in Ranwalagedara Viharaya, Sri Lanka. Both have served as his teachers, mentors and spiritual guides since that time. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sanskrit, Buddhist Philosophy and Mass communication from the University of the District of Columbia, USA. He has served the Washington DC community since 1982, as a monk, teacher, and Vipassana meditation teacher. Since 1989, he has donated his services as a Buddhist Chaplain at the American University in Washington, DC. Bhante Uparatana is a founder of the IBC and the Buddhist Book Service.