Opening a new era of the Buddhist history of west Japan, the first ever Theravada Buddhist temple in Hiroshima, Metta Vihara (Itsukushimi Dera in Japanese), was opened at Takasu in Nishi ward, Hiroshima on 27th May 2012.
The Metta Vihara is an affiliated temple to the historic Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya in Sri Lanka. The new temple received resident monks and sacred relics (dhAtu) of the Buddha from the Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya of which the history goes back to the days of the Gotama Buddha (about 2600 years).
The Metta Vihara provides a unique opportunity of learning and practice of the early Buddhist teachings of the Theravada tradition (including Vipassana Bhavana). It also offers a rare chance of experiencing and sharing the distinctive Buddhist culture - long preserved in Buddhist lands such as Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand.
The Metta Vihara is conducting a chanting session of Paritta (the true words of loving kindness of the Buddha) at every morning (from 6 AM) and evening (from 6 PM).
A weekly Dhamma study circle is conducted in Japanese from 7 PM on every Wednesday.
A monthly Bhavana (meditation / mental culture) session and Dhamma study circle is conducted in Japanese from 10 AM to 4 PM on the fourth Sunday of every month.