with Reverend Pannasekara,

Sri Lankan Buddhist Monk


Namo Tassa Bhagawato Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa

Namo Tassa Bhagawato Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa

Namo Tassa Bhagawato Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa

- Homage to Buddha





“This retreat has helped me to focus and to concentrate on a single point. I will now be able to further develop my meditation practice. Thank you Reverend for all your guidance and kindness, and thank you Sat Chit Anand for offering such a valuable spiritual home.” – Julia from Knysna


“The short time here has helped me to focus on one thing at a time and ignore my bodily aches. It will help me to calm my mind and I will incorporate this into my daily meditation. I am honoured to have spent time with you.” – Vicci from Knysna


“Thank you Reverend. This surely is a life changing experience – becoming aware of all my feelings and thoughts (they are overwhelming!). I need to control my mind. Thank you and God bless.” – Tosca from George


“Once again, thank you Reverend for your knowledge and guidance. It was a very valuable experience. Also thanks to Leela and Maurice for making it all possible! Much appreciated.” – Joy from Plett


“I was mainly involved with working meditation. So I thank all the participants for making the effort to come on this retreat – it gave me an opportunity to serve and look after you.” – Maurice from Sat Chit Anand


“I want to thank you for teaching me how to meditate. I have been learning Tai Chi Chuan this last year which I enjoy very much – it also combines sitting meditation which I needed training in, and some guidance which you have given me. Thank you.” – Jenny from Harkerville


“I discovered more about the Universal Spirit, linking with this Spirit through discipline of the mind – and inner spirit – controlling the body; experiencing how the body fights against control and overcoming this; discovering more of the excitement of growing spiritually. I think it is also important to meet with the Truths expressed in religious systems other than those we have grown up with. It is good also knowing the Sat Chit Anand Centre is available. Thank you.” – John from George


“This weekend has really taught me the benefits of facing up to uncomfortable and painful situations. I will grow personally from staying with the pain so I can move through it. Using my breath is a powerful way to do this. Thank you.” – Adele from Port Elizabeth


“Reverend, thank you for the opportunity to spend the weekend meditating. Perhaps the biggest challenge for me is to work with sloth in the months to come.” – Marlene from Cape Town


“Reverend, thank you for spending time with us and teaching us. I learnt a lot from you. I pray you have good successful studies. We would like to see you again in Plettenberg Bay.” – Eddie from Port Elizabeth


“Reverend, thank you very much for this weekend. I learnt a lot and thoroughly benefited from this weekend of walking and sitting meditation. Thank you again.” – Lindsey from Plett


“Reverend, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. I benefited a lot and will leave strengthened through the practice.” – David from Port Elizabeth


“Reverend, many thanks for the very informative weekend. I certainly plan to take my newly gained knowledge forward into my everyday life. I wish you well.” – Vanessa from Knysna


“Your energy and your wisdom shines through brightly – thank you for sharing it and teaching it. May your journey be fruitful and your experiences great.” – Brett from Knysna


Dear Reverend Pannasekara, thank you for coming to visit us at Sat Chit Anand. Everybody benefited from your experience and wisdom. You taught and you touched people’s lives, and even though the time was short, many good seeds were planted. It is now up to us to continue watering them. See you again. May you be well, happy and peaceful, and may your life be filled with blessings. Much love and gratitude for everything.” – Leela from Sat Chit Anand



“You cannot run away from mind. By meditation, you can train the mind to keep calm and be free from disturbances either from within or outside. When the mind is properly developed, it brings happiness and bliss. If the mind is neglected, it runs you into endless troubles and difficulties. The disciplined mind is strong and effective, while the wavering mind is weak and ineffective. The wise train their minds.” – Reverend Pannasekara


“Remember that practicing meditation requires patience, persistence and effort. Lasting progress takes a long time to achieve. There are no short cuts, no magic formula. The progress of meditation requires hard work, it is like swimming against the current. Set aside some time each day for quiet meditation to strengthen your mind … If you are experiencing increased states of happiness, peace and tranquillity, and if you are experiencing decreased states of sadness, depression, worry and anxiety, then you are making true progress.” - Reverend Pannasekara


May we be well, happy and peaceful,

May no harm come to us,

May no difficulties come to us,

May no problems come to us,

May we always meet with success,

May we have patience, courage, understanding, and determination

to meet and overcome inevitable difficulties, problems, and failures in life.

- Loving-Kindness Meditation