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Parama Dhamma Chetiya - Pirivena

Parama Dhamma Chetiya – Pirivena

Parama Dhamma Chetiya – Pirivena

The First Institute of Buddhist Education(Pirivena) of Sri Lanka Founded in the 19th Century (1841).

 

Main Avasa Building

 

Located in a serene environment at Ratmalana, Colombo district this was the seat of Buddhist Education in 19th century (Under British Rule)  in Sri Lanka. It is the birthplace of two National Universities namely, Vidyodaya Pirivena (currently University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka) and Vidyalankara Pirivena (currently University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka). The founder of Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena was Ven. Walane Sri Siddartha Maha Thera (1811-1868). This Pirivena (School for novice monks) was established in 1841. It was started  with a small humble kuti (hut) built at this location. Gradually this institute gained faith and fame from people of this country and abroad. From the beginning it became the foremost and leading Training Centre in the country for Buddhist monks. It is because of its well organized system of oriental and occidental education that it became popular as a centre of learning as well as propagating Buddhism here and abroad. This Pirivena has produced many learned Buddhist intellectuals who did a great service to this country. Today it is a well recognized International Buddhist Education centre for novice monks from Sri Lanka and abroad, and a leading temple in the area with all the facilities including a meditation centre which provide services to Buddhist devotees.

History of Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena

  • Ven. Walane Sri Siddhartha Maha Thera

Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena was established by Ven. Walane Sri Siddhartha Maha Thera in the year 1841. When Maha Thera was at Siddhattharama temple Walana, Panadura, he was invited by some pious devotees Don Prolis Lekam Ralahami, Don Philip de Silva Epa Appuhami and Jayasuriya Aracchige Tedonis Perera Appuhamy of Ratmalana to observe rainy retreat at Ratmalana. A block of land was offered to him and in this land a small Kuti was built as a mark of a temple. Ven. Walane Maha Thera spent most of his time in this humble Kuti until such time proper buildings were established later.

The present ‘Awasa Mandiraya’ which consists of 7 rooms together with the adjoining 21 rooms for students was opened in 1861. For this ceremony, there was a Pirith chanting for three months. Since then the Institute was named “Parama Dhamma Chetiyaramaya”. In the beginning there were only a few students and within a short time it increased up to 17 students and gradually more students entered. Ven. Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thera (1827 – 1911), who established Vidyodaya Pirivena Maligakanda, Colombo, and the teacher of many foreign scholars like Mr. T.W. Rhys Davids who pioneered to establish The Pali Text Society in London, Col. Henry Steel Olcott and Ven. Ratmalane Dharmaloka Nayaka Thero (1828 – 1887) who established Vidyalankara Pirivena at Kelaniya were two of many brilliant students of Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena.

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Ven. Suriyagoda Sumangala Thera with Dr. Paul Victor Ernst Dahlke

Ven. Suriyagoda Sri Sumangala (1879-1939), the first Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka to obtain a B. Lit degree in English medium from the University of Oxford, England also the Pali Teacher of Dr. Paul Victor Ernst Dahlke (Famous Actor in German Cinema) who involved in the propagation of Buddhism in Germany

Venerable Vidurupola Siri Piyatissa Mahanayaka Thera

and Ven. Vidurupola Siri Piyatissa Mahanayaka Thera (1888-1954), who won the Pandit degree of oriental studies together with a golden plate for his erudition in three languages: Sinhala, Pali and Sanskrit, were also great students of this Pirivena.

Ven. Walane Sri Siddhartha Maha Thera passed away in 1868. His successor was Ven. Walane Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera. In 1915, the then Director of Education Mr. J. Harward Proposed for a grant for the Pirivena Education. The grant was launched by allocating funds to this Pirivena and the Ananda Pirivena Kitulampitiya, Galle.

On the 7th of January 1911, during the time of the Ven. Walane Sri Dharmmananda Maha Thera, the name “Parama Dhamma Chetiyaramaya” was changed to “Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena”.

  • Menik Pilimaya (Statue of Gem)
  • King Dutugamunu

 

One of the great disciples of Ven. Walane Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera was Ven. Walane Sri Satthissara Thera who became the chief incumbent in 1942. During this period the Cambodian King arrived for the opening ceremony of the renovated Dhamma sala(preaching hall). Resetting of the Menik Pilimaya (statue of gem) in the current Vihara building also took place in this period. This historic statue of gem embedded with Relics which was a work by King Dutugemunu was brought to the temple from Kumburulena, Kurunegala. Ven. Satthissara Thera is the one who started Pirivena Teachers Training School at this premise, which was the first of such schools in Sri Lanka. After his great service Walane Satthissara Thera passed away in 1960.

Mapalagama Vipulasara thera

Ven. Dr. Mapalagama Wipulasara Maha Thera took over the duties of the temple since then. Most devotees believe that this is a golden Era of the Pirivena. Ven. Wipulasara was a well-known Artist and a sculptor and gained fame in the island and outside as well. He has sculpted Buddha’s statues for many well-known places in the country and abroad. He was able to hold Exhibitions in Soviet Russia and China in the years 1961 and 1963 respectively. He has gained many awards and titles from various countries too. In 1984 he was awarded the “Kalasoori Merit Award” by the Government of Sri Lanka for this great service.

It was he who decorated the special stage for the Pope, when he visited Sri Lanka in 1997. During his tenure a meditation hall cum Simamalaka, a library, a conference hall, a dining hall, a new shrine room and the beautiful gateway were established in the premises. Especially the name “Parama Dhamma Chetiya” (P.D.C) was made famous abroad by Ven. Dr. Mapalagama Wipulasara Maha Thera.

After Ven. Dr. Mapalagama Wipulasara Thera passed away in the year 2000, his disciple Ven. Madapatha Dhammasara Thera was appointed as chief incumbent of the P.D.C. Today it is an International Buddhist Institute which teaches Buddhism, Pali, Sanskrit, Sinhala and English etc. Mainly for novice Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka and abroad. At present Chief incumbent Ven. Dhammasara Thera with the assistance of other bhikkhus in the temple and with the full cooperation of Temple Committee and the Conservation Board manages and maintains this historically important Buddhist institute.

Wesak Dhamma sermons Programme(25th Apr – 01st May 2015) Daily at 7.00 p.m

 25th Apr, Saturday

Rev. Mawarale Bhaddiya Thera , Chief Incumbent, Arya Nikethana, Habarakada, Athurugiriya,   

 

 26th Apr, Sunday

 Rev. Galigamuwe Gnanadeepa Thera , Chief Incumbent, Siri Sadaham Buddhist Foundation Center, Athurugiriya

                   

  27thApr, Monday

Rev. Kukulpane Sudassi Thera, Sri Vinayalankaramaya,  Pokunuwita, Horana

                 

 28th Apr, Tuesday

Rev. Borelle Athula Thera ,Chief Incumbent, Athula Dassana Buddhist Centre,   Borella.

 

29thApr,  Wednesday

Rev. Agalakada Sirisumana Thera,  Chief Incumbent Sri Bodhirathanarama, Lunawa

 

30th Apr, Thursday

Rev. Kahagolle Somawansa Thera, Chief Incumbent Galduwa Aranya Senasana, Ambalangoda

 

01st  May, Friday

Rev. Mahawatte Kalyanadhamma  Thera, Chief Incumbent, Nandana Dhamma  Center, Kesbewa

Wesak Full Moon Poya Day Sil Programme (03rd May 2015)

 6.00 AM – Conducting Sil, Buddha pooja  Rev.Mawanane Pannatissa Thera ,Honorary Principal of Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena

 

 8.00 AM -  Meditation program Rev. Hapathgamuwe Wimalarathana Thera, Vijayarama Vihara, Ratmalana

 

10.00 AM-  Dhamma sermon Rev. Kotaneluwe Pugngnananda  Thera, Rajamaha Vihara, Ratmalana  

 

11.00 AM- Buddha Pooja followed by Sil Dana

 

01.15 PM- Dhamma discussion Rev.Madapatha Dhammasara Thera, Chief Incumbent, Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena  Rev.Karambankulame Siridhamma Thera, Principal, Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena

 

02-15 PM- Dhamma Sermon Rev.Wewagama Siriwila  Thera,  Rajamaha Vihara, Maligawatta, Attidiya

 

03.45 PM- Meditation Program  Rev. Madulle Vijithananda Theri,  Shakya Dheeta Meditation Training Center, Panadura

 

04.45 PM- Dhamma Sermon Rev. Maggona Athula Thera, Aranya Senasana,  Halduwa

 

06.00 PM- Buddha pooja/Bodhi pooja

 

 

                     Sil Dana sponsors;

 

Breakfast:   Mrs. Chitrani Nanayakkara, Pirivena  Road                            

                       Ms.  Anula Perera, Hena Road

                       Mrs.  Indrani Navaratne, Gnanendra Road

 

Tea(10 AM) Mr.D.D.Amarasiri

 

 

Lunch     :   Mrs. Soma Hendrick, Pirivena Road

                    Mrs. B Serasinghe, St Mary’s Road.

                                                     

Tea(3.15PM): Mrs Shirani Kodagoda, Hena Road   

Bak Full Moon Poya Day Sil Programme (03rd April 2015)

6.00 AM – Conducting Sil, Buddha pooja Rev.Mawanane Pannatissa Thera ,Honorary Principal of Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena

 

8.00 AM – Meditation program Rev. Hapathgamuwe Wimalaratana Thera, Vijayarama , Ratmalana.

 

10.00 AM- Dhamma sermon Rev. Bandgiriye Sirinanda Thera , Dakshinarama Vihara, Mount Lavinia.

 

11.00 AM- Buddha Pooja followed by Sangika Dana/Sil Dana

 

12.30 PM- Pirith chanting

 

01.15 PM- Dhamma discussion Rev.Madapatha Dhammasara Thera, Chief Incumbent, Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena Rev.Karambankulame Siridhamma Thera, Principal, Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena

 

02-15 PM- Dhamma Sermon Rev.Dikwelle Sudhamma Thera, , Dakshinarama Vihara, Mount Lavinia

                               

03.45 PM- Buddhist lecture Dr. Kamal Waleboda, Professor, Colombo University.

 

04.45 PM- Dhamma Sermon Rev. Wepathaira Hemaloka Thera, Chief Incumbent, Sri Vijayarama , Suwarapola    

                  

 

06.00 PM- Buddha pooja/Bodhi pooja and end of Sil programme.

 

 

 

                     Sanghika Dana/Sil Dana sponsors;

 

Breakfast:   Mr. W.N. Jayalal Silva, Pirivena Road, Ratmalana              

                        

Tea(10 AM) :Mr.D.D.Amarasiri, Attidiya

 

Lunch     :      Mr. Bandunath De Alwis and Mrs Sabrina De Alwis

                       Pirivena Road, Ratmalana

 

Tea(3 PM):   Mrs.Shirani Kodagoda, Hena Road, Mount Lavinia                                                       

RE-BUILDING OF BODHI PRAKARA ENHANCED WITH “RAN-WETA” & 28 BUDDA SHRINES AROUND SACRED BODHI TREE

 

The above mentioned meritorious act is planned to be completed in time,

to offer to the Sacred Bodhi Tree during the Kathina Pooja Festival of 2015.

 

The program is initiated with the blessings and advise of our

Chief Incumbent Rev. Madapatha Dhammasara Thera

Viharadhikari       Rev. Maitipe Wimalasara Thera

Honorary Principal Rev. Mawanane Pannatissa Thera

and the direction of Temple Committee and Conservation Board.

 

We hereby request your kind assistance and co-operation

to accomplish this meritorious task successfully.

 

May you and your family blessed by the Noble Triple Gems.

            Temple Committee

            Conservation Board

 

            For further information and contributions;

            Rev.MawananePannatissaThera Tel:011 2729456

            R.Amarasekera(Gen.Secretary)             0773053409

            B.Mahavithana(Treasurer)                     0777781519

            Email: cont...@paramadhammachetiya.org

 

Navam Full Moon Poya Day Sil Programme (03rd February 2015)

6.00 AM – Conducting Sil, Buddha pooja Rev.Mawanane Pannatissa Thera ,Honorary Principal of Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena

 

8.00 AM – Meditation program Rev. Hapathgamuwe Wimalaratana Thera, Vijayarama Ratmalana.

 

10.00 AM- Dhamma sermon Rev. Ududumbara Lankananda Thera ,Sri Vajiragnana Dharmayathana, Maharagama.

                                              

11.00 AM- Buddha Pooja followed by Sangika Dana/Sil Dana

 

12.30 PM- Pirith chanting

 

01.15 PM- Dhamma discussion Rev.Madapatha Dhammasara Thera, Chief Incumbent, Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena Rev.Karambankulame Siridhamma Thera, Principal, Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena

 

02-15 PM- Dhamma Sermon Rev.Kampane Indraratana Thera, Chief Incumbent, Maligawatta Rajamaha Vihara, Attidiya.

                               

03.45 PM- Buddhist lecture Dr. N.D.G.Gayantha, Lecturer, Kelaniya University.

 

04.45 PM- Dhamma Sermon Rev. Udugama Wimalakiththi Thera, Chief Incumbent Gnanawimala Buddhist Centre

 

06.00 PM- Buddha pooja/Bodhi pooja and end of Sil programme.

 

 

 

                     Sanghika Dana/Sil Dana sponsors;

 

Breakfast:   Mrs. K.Batuwangala, Sumangala Road, Ratmalana

                         Mrs Wimala Wijesekera, De Soysa Mawatha, Mount Lavinia

                         Mrs. H.H.Karunawathie, Sri Jana Mawatha, Attidiya

                         Mr. Bennette Perera, Huludagoda Mawatha, Mount Lavinia

                        

Tea(10 AM) :Mr.D.D.Amarasiri, Attidiya

 

Lunch     :      Mrs. Chandani Silva, Major Gunaratne Mawatha, Mount Lavinia

 

Tea(3 PM):   Mrs.Shirani Kodagoda, Hena Road                                                       

Founders Day Alms Giving 2015

Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena was founded by Most Venerable Rev. Walane Sri Siddhartha Maha Thera 174 years before i.e in the year 1941. As the venerable Thera has passed away on a 07 th of January, this day was considered as Founders Day of the Pirivena in each year.

This time too the annual alms giving in memory of the founders of this sacred place was held on 07th January 2015. The event was organized by the Temple committee  on the advice and guidance of Chief Incumbent Rev.Madapatha Dhammasara Thera, Viharadhikari Rev.Maitipe Wimalasara Thera and Honorary Principal Rev.Mawanane Pannathissa Thera and with the support and cooperation of the Dayakas.

Among the invitee Maha Sangha, following  were present. Rev Akuretiye Nanda Thera, Director, Vidyodaya Maha Pirivena, Rev Sugunadhamma Thera, Deputy Principal Vidyalankara Pirivena,Paliyagoda, Rev Hewisse Nandarama Thera from Rajamaha Vihara, Ratmalana, Rev Diviyagaha Yasassi Thera from Dharmayathanaya, Mount Lavinia, Rev Mapalagama Buddhasiri Thera from Samadhi Meditation Center, Kothalawalapura, Rev.Aththudawe Piyarathana Thera from Vimalaramaya,Ratmalana and Rev.Nakiyadeniye Premarathana Thera from Sudharshanarama , Hedigama and other Mahasangha from the area.

At the event, it was remembered the great services rendered to the Buddhism and the nation by Most Venerable Reverends Walane Sri Sidhartha ,Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala, Walane Sri Dhammananda, Walane Sri Sattissara, Pimbure Soratha  and Mapalagama Wipulasara Maha Theras. With the above mentioned Prelates it was also remembered the other Prelates who were in the Pirivena in the past, rendering  their valuable services to Buddhist world and also the past Dayakas of the Temple who devoted their wealth, labor and time to establish and upkeep this historical sacred institution.

At the end of this meritorious event all the merits were bestowed to the past Prelates and the past Dayakas of the Pirivena.

 

 

 

Paper Article of Ven. Rambukwelle Chandarathana.

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