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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.

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.

Unduwap Full Moon Poya Day Sil Programme (06th December 2014)

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

 

 8.00 AM -  Meditation program Rev. Yodhakandiye  Ariyawansa Thera, Samadhi Buddhist Centre, Kotalawalapura.

 

10.00 AM-  Dhamma sermon Rev. Palapotha Sumanananda  Thera ,Chief Incumbent Sirinikethanarama, Moratuwa.

 

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 Mr. Praneeth Abeysundara  Professor, Jayawardenapura University, Vice President A.C.B.C

 

04.45 PM- Dhamma Sermon Rev. Vithandeniye Maniratana Thera, Principal, Sri Gunaratana Pirivena, Katubedda,

 

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

 

 

 

                     Sanghika Dana/Sil Dana sponsors;

 

Breakfast:     Mr. B.A.Dharmasena, Templer Road

                         Mr.S.Pathirana,Nelum Mawatha,

                         Mr.P.Rajapaksa, Vidyala Road

                         Mrs. Gnanawathi Weerasinghe, Nelum Mawatha

                         Mrs. B.A.Somalatha Perera                                               

 

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

 

Lunch     :      Mr.Dharmasiri Silva/ Mrs Chandra  Silva, 56, Udyana Mawatha, Ratmalana 

KATHINA CHEEWARA POOJA 2014

Kathina Cheevara Pooja of 2014 at Parama Dhamma Chetiya was held in the morning of 26th October 2014, at the Vihara premises on the advices and guidance  of Chief Incumbent Rev Madapatha Dhammasara Thera, Viharadhikari Rev Maitipe Wimalasara Thera and Honorary Principal Mawanane Pannatissa Thera .

This year, main benefactor for this once a year great meritorious event is Mr.& Mrs G.Lal Silva, a prominent dayaka of Parama Dhamma Chetiya Piriven Vihara.

The procession carrying the Kathina Cheewara left Mr. Lal Silva’s house at No.10, Huludagoda Road, Mount Lavinia at 4.00 AM in the morning and passing thro’ many streets of the area, reached the temple around 6.00 AM. Among the Mahasangha who were present at this special occasion, Anunayake of Sri Kalyana Samagri Maha Sangha Sabha Rev.Malwane Pagngnasara Maha Thera,Rev. Nakiyadeniye Premaratana Maha Thera of Sudharshanarama, Hadigama and Rev. Hewesse Nandarama Maha Thera,of Purana Rajamaha Vihara Ratmalana and other distinguished Mahasangha of the area. After offering the Cheevara which was brought respectfully in a colorful procession to Maha Sangha who observed Vas during the rainy season, an alms giving to Maha Sangha was offered by dayakas of the Vihara.

Following the Kathina cheewara pooja and the Alms giving to Maha Sangha, two novice monks were ordained for Parama Dhamma Chetiya  Pirivena with the names of Buddhagayewe Padumasara and Mapalagama Sumanasara in the presence of distinguished Maha Sangha and Dayakas of the Temple under the tutelage of Rev.Madapatha Dhammasara Thera and Rev. Maitipe Wimalasara Thera.

Kathinanisansa Dhamma sermon was delivered by Rev. Meethalawe Vineetha Maha Thera,  Chief Incumbent of International Vipassana Meditation Center, Vijerama Road, Colombo 7 in the evening to conclude the Kathina Cheewara Pooja 2014.

 

Il Full Moon Poya Day Sil Programme (06th November 2014)

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

 

 8.00 AM -  Meditation program Rev. Yodhakandiye  Ariyawansa Thera, Samadhi Buddhist Centre, Kotalawalapura.

 

10.00 AM-  Dhamma sermon Rev. Akuratiye Wimalawansa  Thera , Chief Incumbent Dharmasrama,Kaduruduwa,Panadura.

 

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.Thumbowila Dhammaratana Thera, Chief Incumbent Saddharmarama,  Thumbowila.    

                               

03.45 PM- Buddhist lecture  Mr. Seeladasa Soysa, Chief Organizer, Parama Dhamma Chetiya Temple Committee

04.45 PM- Dhamma Sermon  Rev. Aparale Sobhitha Thera, Sirisena Meditation Center, Rawathawatte

 

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

 

 

 

 Sanghika Dana/Sil Dana sponsors;

 

Breakfast:     Mr. Seeladasa Soysa

                         Mrs Vineetha Soysa, Hena Road, Mount Lavinia

               

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

 

Lunch     :      Mr. Pradeep Kumara Wanniarachchi, Pirivena Road, Ratmalana

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