He was ordained as a novice monk samanera at the age of 12 and was fully ordained in After arriving in Malaya , now part of Malaysia , in , Dhammananda established himself as the foremost [ citation needed ] Theravada Buddhist monk in Malaysia and Singapore. Venerable Dhammananda enrolled at the Sri Dhammarama Pirivena, Ratmalana in , and then at the Vidyawardhana Buddhist Institute, Colombo, for a more detailed study of the Buddha's teaching. Upon completion of his studies in , he entered Vidyalankara Pirivena , in Peliyagoda, Kelaniya , a prestigious Buddhist college that has since been upgraded into a university.
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He was ordained as a novice monk samanera at the age of 12 and was fully ordained in After arriving in Malaya , now part of Malaysia , in , Dhammananda established himself as the foremost [ citation needed ] Theravada Buddhist monk in Malaysia and Singapore.
Venerable Dhammananda enrolled at the Sri Dhammarama Pirivena, Ratmalana in , and then at the Vidyawardhana Buddhist Institute, Colombo, for a more detailed study of the Buddha's teaching. Upon completion of his studies in , he entered Vidyalankara Pirivena , in Peliyagoda, Kelaniya , a prestigious Buddhist college that has since been upgraded into a university. For the next seven years, Venerable Dhammananda attended a diploma programme at the Vidyalanka Pirivena where he studied Sanskrit , the Pali Tipitaka and Buddhist philosophy, besides other secular subjects.
His principal tutor at the Institute was the Venerable Lunupokune Sri Dhammananda, an eminent scholar monk. At age 26, he successfully graduated with a diploma in Linguistics and Pali Tipitaka. His seven years of intensive learning and training in monastic discipline from to at the Vidyalanka Pirivena provided him the relevant knowledge and skills in missionary techniques.
He was able to use his training to assist the Buddhists in Ceylon, especially those who were English educated and had been prime targets of Christian proselytisation, in understanding the more intellectual aspects of the Buddha's teachings. In Venerable Dhammananda furthered his tertiary education at the Benares Hindu University in India where he was awarded a scholarship. At the university, he read Sanskrit, Hindi and Indian Philosophy.
His contemporaries at the University included Venerable P. Dhammaratana and the late Venerable Dr. Amritananda Thera, former head of the Sangha of Nepal. Venerable Dhammananda studied four years at the university graduating with a Master of Arts degree in Indian Philosophy in Among the many well-known professors who taught him was the late Dr. Radhakrishnan, who later became President of the Republic of India. Having completed his studies, Venerable Dhammananda returned to Ceylon. In Kotawilla he established the Sudharma Buddhist Institute and tended to the educational, welfare and religious needs of the villagers.
He also published a quarterly Buddhist journal Sudharma in Sinhalese. He gave regular teachings to the devotees to improve their knowledge and practice of Buddhism. In , Venerable K. Sri Pannasara Nayaka Thera, head of the Vidyalanakara Pirivena, received an invitation from the Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society of Malaya requesting for a resident monk to administer to the religious needs of the Sinhalese Buddhist community in the country.
From among monks at the Vidyalankara Pirivena, Venerable Dhammananda was selected for the mission to Malaya. He readily accepted the invitation even though he had wanted to serve the Buddhist in his native land. He was fully aware that while Ceylon had many learned and dedicated monks, Malaya did not have enough qualified monks to conduct even a simple religious ceremony. Malaya, during the s, had very few Theravada Buddhist temples where devotees could learn the teachings.
However, it was not short of temples as there were hundreds of Chinese and Thai Buddhist temples in the country. Devotees visited them mainly to request for blessings or to listen to their chanting. Venerable Dhammananda's journey to Malaya took three days. The abbot then was Venerable K. Gunaratana Maha Nayaka Thera — , a Sinhalese monk well known for his lucid and simple explanations of the Buddha's teachings.
He took the opportunity to discuss with Venerable Gunaratana some of the problems and issues involved in propagation work in Malaya. It was a practical arrangement, with Venerable Gunaratana concentrating his missionary efforts in Penang while Venerable Dhammananda focussed on the Kuala Lumpur area. Venerable Gunaratana had been in Malaya since and was quite familiar with the situation of Buddhism in the country. Malaya during the s was in the midst of the Emergency, declared by the British Military Administration, due to the Communist insurgency.
As a result, he had to take a flight to Kuala Lumpur as the train services in the country were disrupted by Communist attacks.
He arrived at the Brickfields Temple, and was warmly welcomed by Venerable M. Pannasiri Maha Thera, a former colleague from the Vidyalankara Pirivena. Having come to serve the Buddhist community in Malaya, Venerable Dhammananda wasted no time in planning out the religious activities at the Temple. Venerable Dhammananda arrived in Malaya in , first stopping in Penang before taking up residence at the Brickfields Temple, Kuala Lumpur.
Working from this base, he energetically set about bringing Buddhism to Malaysians, mainly the English educated Chinese who began to visit the temple to hear him expound the Dharma. With his missionary zeal he realised that his ideals would be better achieved if he could set up a society to harness the energies of these newcomers to Buddhism. It is largely responsible for the propagation of Buddhism through publications and the sponsorship of Buddhist seminars, lectures and talks, as well as regular Dharma discussions, youth leadership training and welfare activities.
Its role as a missionary society is clearly stated among its "aims and objects" as follows:. It has been very effective in sponsoring the publication of numerous booklets and literature on Buddhism, many of them written by the Venerable himself.
Popular titles by other well-known writers were also reprinted. Many of these publications are for free distribution while others are for same at a very nominal price to ensure that more people have the opportunity to read the Dharma. Another successful project is the lesson "Buddhism for You" Correspondence Course which was launched in Within a year more than students had registered for the course.
The BMS, under the spiritual guidance of Venerable Dhammananda, has targeted the younger generation in its many activities. Thus, a BMS Youth Section was established to organise activities for teenagers and those below 40 years, including the "Buddhism for Beginners" course for newcomers to the Dharma at the temple. He was instrumental in founding the Society's magazine "The Voice of Buddhism" which today is in its 33rd year of publication. Dhammananda wrote approximately 60 Buddhist works, ranging from small pamphlets to texts of over pages.
He also received a number of honorary doctorates:. Dhammananda died on 31 August From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article may contain excessive or improper use of non-free material.
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