Be no avaricious and do no wrong
Know thus. O, good man: "not easy of restraint are evil things" let
no greed and wickedness drag you to protracted misery.
- Mala vagga - The Dhammapada
Ven. Wimalananditissa Maha Thera passes away
The cremation of Ven. Agga Maha Pandita Wimalakeerthi Sri Ahungalle
Wimalananditissa Maha Thera of Amarapura Sect will take place on
Saturday July 2, afternoon at Ahungalle Weerasinghe playground.
He was born on November 9, 1914 and ordained on October 29, 1925. His
teacher was the chief incumbent of Sugatha Sasanodaya Pirivena Ahungalle
Wimalananditissa Thera spent 80 years of his life as a bhikkhu and was
appointed as the Chief Thera of Amarapura Sect on December 26, 1977.
He studied at Sugatha Saranodaya Pirivena and obtained the BA Degree
in Sinhalese, Pali and Sanskrit languages. He held the post of a teacher
at the above Pirivena and also was the chief incumbent and a Director of
the Pirivena. He was a great writer and has written a large number of
He has visited Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and Myanmar several times
on Theravada Buddhist missionary activities, and he was awarded the
Honour of Agga Maha Pandita in 1999, by the Government of Myanmar.
He has rendered great service towards the development of
The funeral procession will commence at 2.00 p.m. on July 02, from
The arrival of PHRA Raja Mangalachariya (SomDET) Deputy Sangha Raja
Ven. P. Rajamangalachariya Maha Thera, the Chief Incumbent of
"Vat-Pat-Nam" Maha Viharaya of Thailand will declare open the four
storeyed Dharma Mandiraya, Siri Dhammawansa Siri Dhammananda
Rajamangalachariya at Jayasekararamaya Maha Viharaya, Kuppiyawatta,
Colombo on July 5, 2005 ceremonially.
He will also participate at the 8th commemorative religious
ceremonies of late Talalle Rajakeeya Panditha Siri Dhammananda Maha
Nayaka Thera of Siri Saddhammawansa Amarapura Chapter.
Ven. P. Rajamangalachariya Maha Thera - the Chief Incumbent of
(Vat-Pat-Nam) Maha Viharaya of Deva Nagaraya (Tom Buri) at Bangkok,
Thailand. His teacher is Ven. Bauguna Mangala Maha Deva Muni" Thera who
conducts "Dhammakaya" meditation methods.
As there is no adequate space in the temple, he has bought one
hundred acres of land at "Sucnharq" and set up a resting place with
religious atmosphere and it is named as "Vali-dhamma Kaya". There are
veteran teachers of meditation to conduct training daily. Although his
religious name is "Vara Punchno", the Maha Theras and the King of Thai
have given several names.
He too has become popular by the names of "Bo-Guna Deva Vara Vedi
"Po", "Thoq", Bo Guna Dhams Dhira, Raja Maha Mangalachariya.
He is now eighty two years old and a versatile bhikkhu, a popular
preacher and disciplined Buddha Putra.
He has constructed a Buddha Mandalaya to commemorate the event of
2500 Buddha Jayanthiya at Patna Nagara where more than one thousand
devotees could be assembled at a time with the assistance of government.
He has constructed buildings in Sri Lanka, India, Japan, Switzerland and
Australia to propagate Buddha Dhamma. He has buildings constructed at
Jayasekararamaya and Jayatillakaramaya in Colombo by donating funds.
The Deputy Sangha Nayaka has developed a great friendship with
Jayasekararamaya when Ven. Kosgoda Dhammawasa Maha Nayaka Thera and Ven.
Thalalle Dhammananda Maha Nayaka Thera were living.
They were invited to Thailand and developed a relationship with the
Most Ven. Dhammadhira Maha Nayaka Thera and contributed funds for the
construction of Aawasa Mandiraya at Jayasekararamaya Maha Viharaya,
Spiritual and cultural centre for over eight decades
Jayasekerarama temple at Kuppiyawatta, Colombo 10 is situated in an
ideal place and also a spiritual and cultural centre of Sangha and
contribute greatly to propagate Buddha Dhamma for several decades.
Ven. Kosgoda Dhammawansabhidana Maha Nayaka
Ven. Thalalle Dhammananda Maha Nayaka Thera
History records that this elegant temple was inaugurated on 25,
October 1823 and the valuable land was donated by Mudali Arnoldas de
Several eminent Bhikkus of Amarapura Chapter resided in the temple
and rendered a yeoman service to protect Buddha-Dhamma.
Ven. Lankagoda Dhirananda Nayake Thera, who resided in the temple
passed away in January. He was succeeded by Ven. Thalalle Siri Sivaka
Maha Thera as the Chief Incumbent of the temple. He ordained Ven. Siri
Dhammarakitha as a pupil of him and he entered Vidyodaya Pirivena in
Colombo and obtained the title of "Sama Rajaya" in the year 1908. He
became the chief incumbent of Jayasekararamaya temple, and appointed as
the Maha Nayaka of Amarapura Chapter of Siri Saddhammawansa. His pupils
were Thalalle Dhirakanda and Talalle Dhammananda. Ven. Dhammananda Thera
had a natural gift of learning. As a student and due to his outstanding
qualities he was ordained on April 27, 1932 and Ven. Dhirakanda was also
ordained as the second pupil and lived 65 years rendering a national
service to Buddha Sasana.
Ven. Dhammananda Thera was appointed as the Chief Incumbent and
contributed immensely for the development of the temple.
Born as the sixth child into a respectable family at Thalalle, his
father was known as Don Dinesh de Silva at Thalalle and mother was Beba
He had a natural gift for hearing and it is said that he was
assiduous in the pursuit of studies. As a teacher, erudite scholar,
well-known Buddhist preacher, pious monk and well-versed in the Dhamma
and Vinaya, he had rendered yeoman service to the country, religion and
He was a student of Vidyodaya Pirivena and the University and served
as a teacher in these educational institutes.
He had written several books for the benefit of the students of
higher education and among them his popular books were Sambuddha Desana,
Sigiri Padya, Thripitakayo, Sanskruthika Lakshana and many more books.
His linguistic ability including western language made him at home
wherever he went to propagate the Buddha Dhamma.
He was a popular preacher of Dhamma Desana over radio, at Sri Lanka
Broadcasting Corporation, then CBC, and he was appointed to the Buddhist
Advisory Board of Radio Ceylon.
He had participated in several foreign delegations to propagate
Buddha Dhammma. He was the first head of the Sri Lanka Buddhist and Pali
University of Pinwatte Saddarmakara University and a Ayathanadipati
attached to Bhikkhu Education Institute at Ratmalana. A stamp was issued
on 13.3.2004 to honour Ven. Thalalle Dhammananda Maha Thera.
He was also appointed as the Chief Sangha Nayaka of Western Province
later as the Adhikarana Sangha Nayaka and the Registrar of Amarapura
Sangha Sabha during the period of Ven. Kosgoda Dhammawansabhidana Maha
Nayaka Thera of Amarapura Sadhamwansa Nikaya. In 1985 when the Maha
Nayaka Thera passed away, he was assigned the Deputy Chief Sangha Nayaka
of Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Sangha Sabha.
He rendered an excellent service and devoted his life to develop the
Jayasekararamaya Buddhist Centre. He practised the art of generosity
with great zeal. He always helped the bhikkhu who were in need, and very
sincerely gave the best he had.
He converted the Jayasekararamaya as a centre for welfare activities
for people and inculcated the teaching of Dhamma to the people to set up
a decent society. His pupils, Ven. Thalalle Mahinda Thera, Sasthrapathi
Rajawatte Wappa Thera, and Mapallane Shantha Thera followed the
footsteps of 'guru' and the rendering a similar service to Buddha Sasana.
He had travelled wide to propagate Buddha Sasana. It was one of his
concepts to construct a four storied International Dharmamandiraya and
laid the foundation on February 1993, but due to ill-health he could not
complete the construction work of 'Dharmamandiraya'. He passed away on
April 12, 1997.
The three pupils of late Thalalle Dhammananda Maha Nayaka Thera took
the initiative to complete the construction work.
It was due to the devoted efforts of the present incumbent of
Jayasekararamaya Ven. Thallale Mahinda Thera, and under the patronage of
Ven. Rajawatte Wappa Thera and with the co-operation of Dr. Dickwelle
Sugathawansa Thera, the construction work of four storied building was
Ven. Mapalane Shantha Thera was invited to Thailand and he discussed
the construction work of the building with Ven. Rajamangalachariya Thera
(Som Det) the chief incumbent of (Wat-Pat-Nam) and Deputy Sangha Raja
and he donated funds for the construction work of the Dharmamandiraya.
The Ven. Sasthrapathi Amugoda Somananda Thera - the principal of
Saddharmakara Pirivena, Pinwatte, also extended his co-operation.