“This is the sole way for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of sorrow and lamentation, for the destroying of pain and grief, for reaching the right path, for the realization of Nirvana, namely the four foundations of mindfulness: the contemplation of the body, the contemplation of feelings, the contemplation of mind, and the contemplation of mind objects.” so said Lord Buddha on Meditation, highlighting its importance in Buddhism and the path to Nibbana.
Hence meditation and promotion of meditation was considered the best way to honor the 2500th anniversary of Buddha which fell on the month of in 1956.
Created and developed to commemorate the anniversary of Buddha, the Kanduboda Siyane Vipassana Meditation Centre was a brainchild of the then Burmese ambassador to Sri Lanka U Ba Lwin, who promoted insight meditation as the ideal way to honor and celebrate Buddha.
A 25 acre land in the midst of a forest patch in Kanduboda, a serene suburb 25 km from Colombo was chosen as the ideal location the centre was formerly constructed and managed by the Lanka Vipassana Bhavana Samitiya or the Sri Lanka meditation Society, which was a joint effort between the Sri Lankan and Burmese government to promote meditation under the guidance of venerable Mahasi Sayadaw U Sobhana, the chief incumbent of the Thathana Yeiktha meditation center in Burma.
The first instructors of the centre were Burmese monk U Sajata, a close assistant to Mahasi Sayadaw and Ven Kahatapitiye Sumathipala, under whose assistant the meditation centre grew into a hub of Buddhist revival.
Today the centre can house nearly seventy meditators and provides the service free of charge in accordance with ancient Buddhist tradition. Programs are designed for Sathipattana Vipassana Meditation and require a commitment of three weeks minimum. The meditators are required to practice eight hours of seated meditation and four hours of walking meditation, thus the program is not for the weak at heart.
Introduced by Lord Buddha over 2500 years ago, this unique meditation practice is a precise system of scientific investigation through which one develops the power of empirical observation known as Sati or Mindfulness; and reveals the fundamental nature of the mind and body.
The participants are encouraged to allocate a period of time every day for mediation to maintain a routine of practice and to improve the skills gained at the program.