The Myanmar Buddhist Association of Tennessee
Welcome to the website of the Myanmar Buddhist Association of Tennessee (MBAT), Inc.. MBAT is a Theravada Buddhist organization that provides religious and educational services in Burmese and English. It is led by the Ven. Ashin Kavinda (Ph.D.)
Location and Contact Information
Meeting Times for Meditation Practice and Dhamma Talks
Wednesday (Evening): 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Sunday (Morning): 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Meditation Practice Guidelines
We kindly ask that you follow these guidelines when attending meditation practice at our temple.
1. Be on time: Show respect to both the monk and your community of meditators by being on your cushion at the appointed hour.
2. Please take off your shoes: Shoes can be left either outside the temple or on the rack inside the temple.
3. Turn off your phone: Taking phone calls, texting, or otherwise using a smartphone are inappropriate activities during meditation practice/Dhamma talks.
4. Respect: During a Dhamma talk, sitting higher than a monk is considered inappropriate. Pointing the soles of your feet at a statue of the Buddha or a monk is considered disrespectful, as is lying down during meditation or a Dhamma talk.
5. No eating or drinking inside the meditation hall. Please leave any drinks you have in your vehicle or in the designated area.
6. Dress appropriately: Shorts, other clothing that rises above the knee, and tank tops are not appropriate wear.
7. Contribute: We suggest offering a donation of $5 or more if you are financially able to do so. There is a donation box next to the door. Our temple is supported exclusively by donations.
The Myanmar Buddhist Association of Tennessee (MBAT), Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting Buddhism and religious understanding.