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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. During his tenure re-establishment of Parama Dhamma Chetiya Conservation Board took place in order to meet the expenses of monthly utility bills and also to support the maintenance cost of the buildings. The construction of New Bodhiprakara and 28 Buddha shrines enhanced with golden fence also took place in this period. Rev. Dhammasara Nayaka Thera passed away in 13th September 2015 at the age of 54 due to ill health. Then Rev. Maitipe Wimalasara Thera who was a disciple of  Rev. Mapalagama Vipulasara Nayaka Thera was appointed as chief incumbent of the temple. Wimalasara Thera was engaged in Dhamma propagation at Los Angeles USA and prior to that serve as the Chief monk at Buddhagaya center. 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. Wimalasara Nayaka 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.

Photos of Special Buddha Pooja

The pictures taken during special Buddha Pooja with many thousands of Lotus flowers for the blessings of Triple Gems to resident monks and all dayakas of the temple.
With the guidance of Chief Incumbent Rev. Maitipe Wimalasara Nayaka Thera the Pooja was organised by Rev Werahera Nagitha thera with the assistance of dayakas and held on 07th August 2016. This special Pooja was conducted by Rev.Malwane Vijitha Thera.

 

Exposition of Sacred Relics of Lord Buddha

The pictures taken during the exposition of sacred Relics of Lord Buddha unearthed from Neelagiri Maha Seya during the period of 18-21st July 2016 at the temple.

 

Binara Full Moon Poya Day Programme(16th Sept 2016)

 

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, Vijayaramaya, Ratmalana

 

10.00 AM-  Special Dhamma sermon

By an invitee priest in the occasion of 175th year celebration

 

11.00 AM- Buddha Pooja followed by Sanghika and Sil Dana

 

12.30 PM- Pirith chanting by Sil observers

 

01.15 PM- Dhamma discussion

Rev.Dr Maitipe Wimalasara Thera, Chief Incumbent, Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena

Rev.Karambankulame Siridhamma Thera, Principal, Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena

 

02-15 PM- Dhamma Sermon

Rev.Suriyagoda Siridhamma Thera,  Ex Assistant Principal, Thurstan College, Colombo

 

03.45 PM- Meditation Program

Rev. Madulle Vijithananda Theri, In-Charge of Shakhyadheeta  Meditation Center, Panadura

 

04.45 PM- Dhamma Sermon

Rev.Wepathaira Hemaloka Thera, Chief Incumbent, Sri Vijayarama,  Suwarapola.

 

06.00 PM- Buddha Pooja, Bodhi Pooja & Atavisi Buddha pooja- Sil programme ends

 

Sanghika and Sil Dana sponsors;

 

Breakfast:   Ms Pradeepa Shanthilatha Silva, Dhammananda Mawatha Mount Lavinia

Mr Dudley de Silva, Sri Sumangala Mawatha, Ratmalana

Tea(10 AM)   Mrs.W.D.Bastian ,Mount City Complex, Galle Road, Mount Lavinia

Lunch     :      Mr E.D. Gunasighe, Australia

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

Nikini Full Moon Poya Day Programme(17th August 2016)

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

 

 8.00 AM –  Meditation program Rev. Hapathgamuwe Wimalarathana Thera, Vijayaramaya, Ratmalana

 

10.00 AM-  Special Dhamma sermon By an invitee priest in the occasion of 175th year celebration

 

11.00 AM- Buddha Pooja followed by Sanghika and Sil Dana

 

12.30 PM- Pirith chanting by Sil observers

 

01.15 PM- Dhamma discussion Rev.Dr Maitipe Wimalasara Thera, Chief Incumbent, Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena Rev.Karambankulame Siridhamma Thera, Principal, Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena

 

02-15 PM- Dhamma Sermon Rev.Wehihene Amithasara Thera,  Chief Incumbent, Sugatharama, Horethuduwa, Moratuwa

 

03.45 PM- Meditation Program Rev. Madulle Vijithananda Theri, In-Charge of Shakhyadheeta  Meditation Center, Panadura                    

 

04.45 PM- Dhamma Sermon Rev.Udugama Wimalakiththi Thera, Chief Incumbent, Siriniwasaramaya, Kande Viharaya

 

06.00 PM- Buddha Pooja, Bodhi Pooja & Atavisi Buddha pooja- Sil programme ends

 

 

                     Sanghika and Sil Dana sponsors;

 

Breakfast:   Mrs S.S.A Karunatne Templers Road, Mount Lavinia

                     Mr Janaka Soysa, Dhammananda Mawatha, Mount Lavinia  

 

 

Tea(10 AM)   Mrs.W.D.Bastian ,Mount City Complex, Galle Road, Mount Lavinia

 

 

Lunch     :      Mr D.W.Gunasekera, Hena Road, Mount Lavinia

                       Miss D.N Wijewickrema  Templers Road, Mount Lavinia

 

 

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

Public display of sacred relics from Neelagiri Maha Seya

As a part of 175th year celebrations of Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena,a public display of sacred relics unearthed from ancient Neelagiri Mahaseya, Lahugala is arranged under the advise and guidance of Chief Incumbent Rev. Dr Maitipe Wimalasara Nayaka Thera. This important event to be taken place from 18th  to 21st July and among the sacred relics to be displayed are of Lord Buddha and Arhat monks according to Department of Archaeology , who is the present custodian of the relics. Arrangements are being made to display Great King Dutugemunu’s ashes found at Dhakshina Seya Anuradhapura at the same time.

With the courtesy of Department of Archaeology, an archaeological exhibition also will be held in the temple within the same period. Devotees will have the opportunity of paying homage to sacred relics and also to participate in various poojas to be held as thewawa during this period. Those who are willing to sponsor various requirements of this meritorious event are kindly requested to contact Chief Incumbent Rev. Maitipe Wimalasara Nayaka Thera.

Poson Full Moon Poya Programme(19th June 2015)

6.00 AM – Conducting Sil, morning Buddha pooja

Rev.MawananePannatissaThera ,Honorary Principal of ParamaDhammaChetiyaPirivena

 8.00 AM –  Meditation program

Rev. HapathgamuuweWimalarathana Thera, Vijayaramaya, Ratmalana

10.00 AM-Dhamma sermon(by Invitee priest)

11.00 AM– Buddha Pooja followed by Sanghika and Sil Dana

12.30 PM– Pirith chanting by Sil observers

01.15 PM– Dhamma discussion

Rev.MaitipeWimalasaraNayaka Thera, Chief Incumbent, ParamaDhammaChetiyaPirivena

Rev.KarambankulameSiridhamma Thera, Principal, ParamaDhammaChetiyaPirivena

02-15 PM– Dhamma Sermon

Rev.RagalaPagngnasekeraThera,Chief Incumbent, Lankarama, Attidiya

03.45 PM– Meditation Program

Rev MadulleVijithanandaTheri, Head of Sakyadheetha Meditation Center, Panadura

04.45 PM– Dhamma Sermon

Rev.KirulapaneMangala Thera,Sugatharama ,Horethuduwa, Moratuwa.

06.00 PM– Buddha pooja/Bodhi pooja- Silprogramme ends

 

 

Sanghika andSil Dana sponsors;

 

Breakfast:  Mr.WijayaParanahewa, Garden City, Katubedda

                Mrs. DeepthiParanahewa,

 

Tea(9:30 AM) Mrs.W.D.Bastian Head of Mount City Complex, Galle Road, Mount Lavinia

 

 

Lunch     :   Mr.SenaSuriyapperuma, Galle Road,Mount Lavinia

                     Mr. GayanAbeysinghe, Pirivena Road, Ratmalana

                     Mr. Ananda Kithsiri, Galle Road, Ratmalana    

 

Tea(3:15 PM) MrsShiraniKodagoda, Hena Road, Mount Lavinia

Wesak  Full Moon Poya Day Prog.(21st  May 2016)

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

 

 8.00 AM –  Meditation program Rev. Hapathgamuwe Wimalarathana Thera, Vijayaramaya, Ratmalana

 

10.00 AM-  Special Dhamma sermon for 175th Anniversary By invitee priest

 

11.00 AM- Buddha Pooja followed by Sanghika and Sil Dana

 

12.30 PM- Pirith chanting by Sil observed Dayaka,Dayika.

 

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

 

02.15 PM- Dhamma Sermon Royal Pandith Rev.Ayagama Suseela Thera, Rankoth Vihara, Panadura                  

 

03.45 PM- Buddhist Lecture Ayur Dr. Kamal S.Jayasekera, Psychological advisor, Civil Health Promotional Academy

 

04.45 PM- Rev.Ududumbara Lankananda Thera, Sri Vajiragnana Dharmayathana, Maharagama

 

06.00 PM- Buddha pooja/Bodhi Pooja, Ata Visi Buddha Pooja – Sil programme ends

 

 

              Sponsors of Sanghika and Sil Dana

 

              Breakfast: Mrs Chitrani Nanayakkara, Pirivena Road ,Mount Lavinia  

                                  Ms Anula Perera , Hena Road, Mount Lavinia     

 

              Lunch         :  Mr Sri Kantha ,Pirivena Road, Mount Lavinia

                                     Mrs B.Serasinghe’s family, St Mary’s Road,Mount Lavinia

 

 

              Tea(10AM): Mrs W.D.Bastian, Mount City Complex. Galle Road,  Mount Lavinia

 

 

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

A meritorious event of Blood Donation

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In the event of completion of 175 years to our Parama Dhamma Chetiya Piriven Vihara, an opportunity of blood donation has been arranged by Dayaka organizations of the temple with the guidance and advise of Chief Incumbent/Director Rev.Maitipe Wimalasara Nayaka Thera in the period of the Wesak celebrations of the temple.

 

PROGRAM DETAILS

Date:  Sunday, 15th May 2016

 

            0800 AM   Dhamma Anusasana and Pirith chanting by priests of the temple

            0900 AM   Blood donation starts

            1130 AM   Buddha Pooja followed by alms giving to MahaSangha

            0230 PM   Blood donation ends

 

 

The organizers invite all dayakas and the residents of the area to participate at this meritorious  event during this Wesak period  and have blessings of the Triple Gems.

 

For further inquiries please contact;

 

Ms Navodini Muthunayake(organizer)   077 5060370

Office  011 2730149

Bak Full Moon Poya Day Program (21stApril 2016).

6.00 AM – Conducting Sil, Morning Buddha pooja Rev.MawananePannatissaThera ,Honorary Principal of ParamaDhammaChetiyaPirivena

 

 8.00 AM –  Meditation program Rev. HapathgamuweWimalarathana Thera, Vijayaramaya, Ratmalana

 

10.00 AM-SpecialDhamma sermon for 175th Anniversary By invitee priest

 

11.00 AM- Buddha Pooja followed by Sanghika and Sil Dana

 

12.30 PM- Pirith chanting

 

01.15 PM- Dhamma discussion Rev.MaitipeWimalasara Thera, Chief Incumbent, ParamaDhammaChetiyaPirivena Rev.KarambankulameSiridhamma Thera, Principal, ParamaDhammaChetiyaPirivena

 

02.15 PM- Dhamma Sermon Royal PandithRev.LelawalaThapassiThera, Chief Incumbent Sri Deeparamara, Kaduruduwa

 

03.45 PM- Meditation ProgramRev MadulleVijithanandaTheri,Head of Shakyadheetha Meditation Center, Panadura

 

04.45 PM- Rev.GombaddalaDamithaThera,Viharadhikari, ParamaDhammaVisuddharama, Katuwawala

 

06.00 PM- Buddha pooja/Bodhi Pooja, Ata Visi Buddha Pooja – Silprogramme ends

 

Sponsors of Sanghika and Sil Dana

 

Breakfast: MrJayalal Silva, PirivenaRoad ,Ratmalana

 

 

Lunch      :  MrBandhunathAlwis

                  Mrs Sabrina De Alwis, PirivenaRoad,Ratmalana

 

Tea(10AM): MrsW.D.Bastian,Mount City Complex.Galle Road,  Mount Lavinia

 

 

Tea(3PM) : MrsShiraniKodagoda, Hena Road, Mt.Lavinia

 

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