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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.

Parama Dhamma Chetiya Kathina Pinkama 2016

Kathina Pinkama of Parama Dhamma Chetiya was held with a series of meritorious events this year, under the guidance and advise of Chief Incumbent Rev.Dr.Maitipe Wimalasara Nayaka Thera with participation of a large number of devotees. The chief benefactor of this once a year great pinkama was Mr Pulasti Jayasinghe and Mrs Shamila Jayasinghe.

The first event was the “Kapruk Pooja” to the Chaithya which was fully renovated with the sponsoring of Mr and Mrs Jayasinghe. On 28th evening, the “Kanchuka” which was stitched and prepared in a very attractive manner by the  family members of Mr Jayasinghe , was brought to the temple by a procession and offered to Chaitya with a Gilanpasa Pooja. The event was organised by Rev Werahera Nagitha Thera with the support of Dayaka Dayika of the temple. The Kapruk Pooja was conducted by Rev. Malwane Vijithadhamma Thera of the temple.

On 29th evening the traditional procession carrying Kathina Wasthra left the residence of Mr and Mrs Pulasthi Jayasinghe at Templers Road. A large crowd including students of Sri Siddhartha Dhamma school joined this event. The procession  carrying  Kathina wasthra  respectfully went  through the streets of the area and  returned to Mr Jayasinghe’s house. On 30th early morning the Kathina wasthra was brought to the temple by main benefactor with  family members and offered to Maha Sangha to convert to a Kathina Cheewara. At the same time they offered cheewara to all the  Maha Sangha who underwent “Wassana “ at Pirivena.  

After the Heel Dana in the morning , two samanera bhikkus were ordained under the instructions and guidance of  Chief Incumbent Rev.Dr Maitipe Wimalasara Nayaka Thera. For this great occasion Mahanayaka Thera of Sri Kayani Samagri Dharma Maha Sangha Sabha  Rev.Pimbure  Uditha Mahanyaka Thera was present.  On completion of the ordinance the alms giving to Maha Sangha, which was organized by Temple committee and Sri Sudharma Kantha Samithiya took place.   Apart from Rev.Pimbure Uditha Mahanayaka Thera, Rev. Diviyagaha Yasassi Nayaka Thera, Rev. Hewesse Nanadarama Nayaka Thera  and Nakiyadeniye Premarathana Nayaka Thera    were also present among the invited priests. The offering of Kathina Cheewara to Maha Sangha took place first, which was  followed by alms giving with pirikara Pooja.  Maha Sangha of about 60 priests were present for this occasion.  

The traditional Kathina Dhamma sermon was held in the evening after the Gilanpasa Pooja . This year, Kathina Dhamma sermon was delivered by Mahanayaka of Kotte Sri Kalyani Dharma Maha Sangha Sabha Rev. Ittapane Dhammalankara Mahanayaka Thera  who was invited by Chief Incumbent and the  organizers .  After the Kathina sermon, transferring of Merits to all who participated in every manner for this  once a year great Pinkama  took place. At the end food was served to all devotees who were present, by Mr and Mrs Jayasinghe.                         

Il Full Moon Poya Day Programme(14th November 2015)

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

02-15 PM- Dhamma Sermon Rev.Aluthweve Hemaloka Thera, Dhamma Teacher,Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena

03.45 PM- Meditation program Rev.Madulle Vijithananda Theri, Head of Sakhyadeetha Meditation Train. Center, Panadura

04.45 PM- Dhamma Sermon Rev.Dunukewatte Chandima Thera, Dhamma Teacher, Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena

06.00 PM- Buddha pooja/Bodhi pooja- Sil programme ends

 

Sanghika and Sil Dana sponsors;

 

Breakfast:   Mr Seeladasa Soysa, Hena Road, Mount Lavinia /Mrs Vineetha Soysa

 

Tea(10 AM)   Mrs W.D.Bastian, Head of Mount City Business complex, Galle Road, Ratmalana

 

Lunch     :      Mr Pradeep Kumara Wanniarachchi, Pirivena Road, Mount Lavinia

 

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

Wap Full Moon Poya Day Programme(15th October 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 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.Dr.Maitipe Wimalasara Thera, Chief Incumbent, Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena

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

02-15 PM- Dhamma Sermon

                   By Kruthyadhikari, Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena

03.45 PM- Meditation Program

                   Dr.Gayan Chanuka Vidanapathirana, Dhamma Teacher, Vidyalankara Maha Pirivena, Kelaniya                    

04.45 PM- Dhamma Sermon

                    Rev.Gonadeniye Sumanarathana Thera, Chief Incumbent, Bodhirathanarama, Soysapura

06.00 PM- Buddha pooja/Bodhi pooja- Sil programme ends

 

 

                     Sanghika and Sil Dana sponsors;

 

Breakfast:   Mrs Mallika Perera, Lumbini Avenue, Ratmalana

                     Mrs Pearl Fernando,           “                        “                 

 

Tea(10 AM)   Mrs W.D.Bastian, Mount City Business complex, Galle Road, Ratmalana

Lunch     :      Mr Upul Kulasinghe,1st Lane, Hena Road, Mount Lavinia

                       Mr Yasantha Halkewela  Lumbini Mawatha, Ratmalana

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

Construction of a new Toilet Complex

A new toilet complex with all the facilities is being constructed in the temple premises  for the benefit of all the Dayaka/Daika under the guidance of Chief Incumbent Rev.Dr. Maitipe Wimalasara Nayaka Thera. Once this modern facility is completed with in next few months this will have several lavatory units including some for disabled persons and showering facilities for both males and females.

Construction of this facility will benefit all those attend Sil program on Poya days and other meritorious events arranged in the temple in  time to time and also children of the Daham school. This new project is an essential thing at this time as there is a remarkable increase in number of devotees attending to the religious programs of the temple  from recent past.

The construction work is being carried out  under the supervision of Architect /Engineer Ms Navodini Muthunayake who is a Daika of the temple. Prior to this she offered her free service for the  newly built  ‘Bodhiprakara’ too.

All who wish to contribute towards  this meritorious act  which is one of the ‘Ata(8) Maha Kusal’ may please contact office of the Temple through following contact facilities  earliest.

“Theruwan saranai”

Phone:+94 11 2730149

Email: contact@paramadhammachetiya.org

Kathina Pinkama 2016

Kathina Wasthra pooja of Parama Dhamma Chetiya in this year arranged to be  held on 30th of October with the advice and guidance of  Chief Incumbent Rev.Dr.Maitipe Wimalasara Nayaka Thera in very grand manner as temple is celebrating its 175th year in 2016. Chief Benefactor of  Kathina Pinkama  this year is Mr Pulasthi Jayasinghe and Mrs Shamila Jayasinghe of Templers Road, Mount Lavinia.

The Program of this meritorious event is as follows;

On 28th Oct at 4 pm:  The procession for Kapruk Pooja  to start from Pirivena Junction

At 6.30 pm: To commence the Kapruk Pooja to Chaithya  followed by Atavisi Sambudda  Pooja.

On 29th Oct at 3 pm: The procession carrying Kathina Wasthra will leave the house of main benefactor Mr Pulasthi Jayasinghe at 106/A1, Templers Road, go through the streets of the area and return back to Mr Jayasinghe’s house.

On 30th Oct at 6 am: Mr & Mrs Jayasinghe and family members will handover the Kathina Wasthra to Maha Sangha of the temple and stitching of the Kathina Cheevara to commence.

At 10.30 am: Kathina Cheevara Pooja to Maha sangha followed by alms giving

At 1 pm: Lunch for all the devotees attended the occasion

At 6 pm: Gilanpasa Sambuddha Pooja followed by Gilanpasa Pooja for Maha Sangha.

At 7.30 pm : Kathinanisansa Dharma sermon by Mahanayaka of Kotte Sri Kalyanee Samagree Dharma Maha Sangha Sabha, Rev. Dr. Ittapane Dhammalankarabhidhana Maha Thera.

Chief Incumbent Rev.Dr. Maitipe Wimalasara Nayaka Thera and Maha Sangha of the temple with all the organisations of Dayaka/Daika invite all residents of the area to participate these once a year meritorious events and obtain the blessings of the Triple Gems to realise the ultimate objective of achieving Nibbana.

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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.

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