Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.- Gautama Buddha –
Just as in the great ocean there is but one taste, the taste of salt, in the Buddhist doctrine and discipline there is but one taste, the taste of freedom.- Gautama Buddha –
There is no fire like lust, no chain like hate, no net like delusion, no river like craving.- The Dhammapada -

Welcome to the North Carolina Buddhist Temple

This website is dedicated to providing information about the temple and to connect with our community. We are located in Raleigh, North Calorina and welcome anyone that is interested in learning and practicing Buddha’s teachings and philosophy to achieve their spiritual and personal goals. The temple community is guided under the leadership and patronage of the Most Venerable Yatiyana Wajirapala Thero. The cultural heritage of the temple stems from the Sri Lankan tradition of Theravada Buddhism. We offer many services that include meditation sessions, scripture discussions, Sunday school, monthly one-day retreats on Poya (Full-Moon) days, and various community and cultural events such as Vesak, Vas Season Program and Katina Pooja, Sinhala and Tamil New Year Celebrations, etc., on a frequent basis. Please check back for these announcement as they happen.
With metta,
The North Carolina Buddhist Temple

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Poya One-day Retreat

(Full Moon)
Each month on Poya or full-moon day the laity can spend a day at the temple and observe sil or the eight-precepts. The intent is to retreat from day-to-day life to train the mind for spiritual development and mindfulness. The day is spent in a pious manner learning the dhamma, meditating, reciting gatha, offering and partaking in dana, and dhamma discussions.


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(Mindfulness of the breath)
Mondays (7:00 PM - 8:15 PM)
Conducted by: Ven Wajirapala Thero and Christopher Thurston
Language: English

Samatha and Vipassana
Sundays: (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Conducted by: Ven Wajirapala Thero
Language: Sinhala

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Sunday School

The Dhamma School (Sunday school) is an organized effort to provide an opportunity for our children in their search for a ‘right-way’ of living. It will guide the children to learn and adopt Buddhist values to their way of life in order to find happiness. To this end, Dhamma School provides a solid foundation to develop wholesome thoughts that will take them on the ‘right-way’ . Adults who wish to learn Buddhism are also welcome to participate in these classes.

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About Temple

North Carolina Buddhist Temple was started in March 2006. The property was partially by Mrs. Shanthi Wijay in memory of her parents, Mr & Mrs. Shelton P. Jayasinghe. The temple belongs to the Theravada tradition of Buddhism and operates under the guidance of Ven. Yatiiyana Wajirapala Thero.


Get in Touch

  • Resident Monk:
    Venerable Yatiyana Wajirapala Thero
  • Phone:
    919-827-4389 /336-259-1407
  • Email:
  • Address:
    1017 Patterson Road,
    Durham, NC 27704
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