Arizona International Buddhist Meditation Center


The Arizona International Buddhist Meditation Center is a non-profit organization where all are invited to practice the Universal Truths of Sakyamuni Buddha's Teachings.

Location and Contact

432 South Temple Street, Mesa, Arizona, 85204 -   Phone:  480-626-4153     Email:

October 24 - 25 Two Day Retreat with Bhante Gunaratana!

Click here for tickets  Being mindful in every moment creates the conditions for awakening to arise out of the natural order of our life as it unfolds. This retreat will cultivate this through practice in sitting, walking and eating meditation, as well as dharma talks and group interviews. Metta practice and mindful movement will be included in the schedule. Emphasis is on the continuity of awareness in every activity throughout each day. Right Understanding and Right Motivation will be stressed as the foundation for daily practice. Meditation practice will be guided by Right Effort which supports Right Concentration and Right Mindfulness.


Meditation Schedule


Every Sunday from 9:00am to 10:30am we will be conducting a class which combines study and discussion of the words of the Buddha taken fron the Suttas and meditation. It is a wonderful session to help you grow in your understanding of Buddhist practice and meditation. Don't miss these sessions!


The Wednesday evening meditation with Shane will continue to meet from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

News and Events

Invitation to Rainy Retreat:

VAS AARADANAWA (Invitation to Rainy Retreat) is considered one of the oldest traditions of Buddhists. The Lord Buddha himself established VAS VISEEMA VINAYA KARMAYA as a discipline for Buddhist monks. During the period of VAS the monks refrain from PINDUSINGAWEDIMA thus they confine their selves to the monastery or the temple and engage all of their time in religious activities. As such the DAYA-KAS have moral and religious responsibility to look after all their needs during that time.

VAS AARADANAWA is another traditional event where the Dayakas invite the resident monks to observe VAS SIL.

This year the VAS AARADANAWA of the AIBMC will be held on Saturday, July 25th, 2015 at the Arizona International Buddhist Meditation Center with the participation of many Dayakas.

The Vas & Katina Pinkama sponsor by Mr. Sujeewa Randeniya and Mrs. Dammika Randeniya family.

You Can Sponsor Dana during this three month (offering food for monk) and we recommend each one to offer robe for monk.

At the end of the three month period, the Kathina ceremony will be held at the Center, Saturday November 14, 2015.

If you have any questions please contact: 480-626-4153 All are Welcome


Our Mission

The mission of the Arizona International Buddhist Meditation Center is to teach the practical benefits of Buddhist meditation and the Dhamma. The Center is non-sectarian and open to people of all races, nationalities, ethnicities, and religions.

We offer instructional programs in meditation through regularly scheduled meditation, Dhamma talks, and special programs presented by visiting Buddhist monks whose experience and knowledge will help practitioners enrich their practice immensely (see news items). The Center can provide accommodation a proper environment for mental relaxation and our library of Buddhist books will be available for the use of all practitioners.

Meditation, or Bhavana in the Buddha’s language of Pali, means mental culture or development aimed at cleansing the mind of impurities and disturbances and cultivating the habits of concentration and mindfulness which leads eventually to the attainment of highest wisdom through realization of the Universal Truths of Sakyamuni Buddha's Teachings.

As the Center develops we also intend to add yoga studies as a additional tool for stress reduction.

A Note on Buddhism and Stress Reduction

Stress is a modern phenomenon caused by the rapid pace at which the world is continually changing around us. We experience this rapid change both internally and externally, and it causes us to become tense, uncomfortable, and stressful. The result is, we all wind up suffering.

In today’s this materialistic world we experience stress more than ever. To live stress free life is not an easy task for many of us because stress as a phenomenon remains unrecognized. It is now discovered that stress leads to other complications such as heart diseases, substance abuse, marital discord, frustration, anger, violence, and even murder. Without proper training we are unable to observe things as they occur around us. But are still quick to react to what we experience without observing the repercussions. Such blind reactions create chaos in life. The stress that gets accumulated in the human body and mind in this way needs to be discharged. Often, it gets discharged in the form of hatred, violence and hostilities. Thus, on many occasions our easily avoidable problems unfortunately, end in human tragedy. This is a universal human problem that requires a universal approach to resolve it.

Though people work hard to secure happiness, they end up in unhappiness. Most of these people are longing for temporary sensual pleasures and experience misery instead of finding lasting happiness (sukha). If one wants to be free from misery, one has to make a conscious decision to achieve this freedom. The Buddha’s teachings offer a way to eradicate misery altogether from our lives. Though the techniques have been available to us for over 2500 years, we can not sell or by these techniques like a medication. If one wants the positive results, one has to learn and practice them seriously, ardently and patiently. This practice leads the student to the destination of mental purity and mental tranquility. Lasting happiness results from mental tranquility which is also the freedom of stress.

With the availability of the teaching of the Buddha in the today’s world people it is necessary to have a conducive environment to engage ourselves in serious practice. It is not easy to find an environment truly conducive to meditation (although there are many commercial ventures that sell so-called ‘meditation’ at a high price, as if it were a medication to sell and administer). Many places do not seem to serve those who need this service the most, e.g. adolescents, the youth and the elderly.

Our intention is to provide a centre for all to learn and practice the Buddhist techniques of Bhavana (mental training) for mental serenity and mind purification. Through this program, our intention is to serve all regardless of religious, cultural or ethnic differences.