Na Uyana Aranya meaning ‘Ironwood Grove Forest Monastery’. Is a Buddhist forest monastery in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka and associated with the Sri Kalyani Yogasrama Samstha. Spreads over more than 5000 acres of forest on the ‘Dummiya’ mountain range. It is residence to about 150 Buddhist monks and around 1/3 of them are foreigners. Na Uyana is so named because of the old Ceylon ironwood forest that forms part of the monastery.
How to practice
Practitioners may join the group sittings conducted in the two main meditation halls, or continue on their own in their individual kutis (Rooms). You will be guided by the Ven. Ariyadhamma Mahāthera. Normally it will start from concentrating about your breath. Then once you able to keep your mind on one single focus you can start advance practices like “Samatha and Vipassana”.
Benefits of Meditation
Meditation can bring you many advantages like make your day today life more productive and satisfying. It also brings you healthy and happy life. Many studies had revealed that mental relaxation improves your health.
- Improve concentration
- Maintain good blood pressure,
- Increase your metabolism,
- Maintain good heart rate
- Improve brain chemistry.
- Also proved to be effective on cancer patients.
Meditation will develop your mental condition students can gain improvements on their memory and concentration on studies.
Other things to do
At Na Uyana forest monastery, You can see some wild animals. Most importantly. The white monkey, it is rare endangered animal can only be sighted at Na Uyana forest and the Sinharaja Forest Reserve.