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Venarable Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero ( පූජ්යපාද කිරිබත්ගොඩ ඤාණානන්ද ස්වාමීන් වහන්සේ)
|Born||1 July 1961|
|Sect||Amarapura Nikaya (for registration purposes)|
|Order||Sri Kalyaniwansa Nikaya|
|Teacher||Dambagasare Shri Sumedhankara Thero and Dikwelle Pannananda Thero|
|Based in||Sri Lanka|
|Initiation||Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery|
Gnanananda became a monk at age 17 on 26 March 1979 under Dambagasare Sumedhankara Thero and Dikwelle Pannananda Thero at Seruwavila. He received a traditional Buddhist academic education and entered the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He founded Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery in August 1999 in Waduwava, Polgahawela. Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery now has 58 branch monasteries in Sri Lanka and 28 overseas monasteries in Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany Italy, Dubai, South Korea and India.
Our Teacher, the Buddha has taught that birth as a human being is, indeed, a very rare achievement. Fortunately, we have now obtained that rare achievement. Yet, we have to remember that man's greatness does not lie either in his nationality, caste, clan or any such feature. His greatness depends solely on his conduct. Man's experiencing of happiness and suffering, too, is related to his three modes of action, namely mental, verbal and physical action.
The Buddha devoted all his life to save man from dukkha - suffering. We are followers of the Buddha and our fervent hope is to see a world full of people who are freed from dukkha.
Mankind's wonderful treasure of wisdom is the Teaching of the Buddha. This doctrine illuminates our lives bringing happiness and joy. Go in search of this wonderful Dhamma yourself, lead your life accordingly, get rid of your suffering and join that fortunate band of people who experience the Supreme Bliss : 'A Message by Venerable Thero'.
Thousands of practicing Buddhists are associated with Mahamevnawa.
"Maha Sthupa Wandanawa" conducted on 2 February 2008 at Anuradhapura with participation of over 100,000 disciples, and "Somawathi Stupa Vandanawa" conducted on 8 May 2010 at Somawathiya temple with participation of over 1,000,000 devotees, bear evidence for the popularity his Damma program has achieved.
Gnanananda reintroduced the usage of "Namo Buddhaya" to the Sri Lankan Buddhists as a way of Buddhist greeting. Also, there was a weekly dhamma discussion program telecasted on TNL television named "Namo Buddhaya" in which the Thero participated.
One of Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero student monks committed suicide in Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery – Welimada.
Gnanananda thero has written many books based on the teachings of Buddha and also translated many pali written books like Mahavamsa and Nettipakarana. These publications are aimed to emphasize uncontaminated Buddhism that can be understood by anyone who reads it.
The thera has also instigated a culture in Sri Lanka (traditionally known as Dhamma Dīpa – Island full of Buddha's Teachings) to teach the Buddha's teaching in the national language of Sinhala (සිංහල), even though the teachings are traditionally taught in the Pali language. Many disciples believe that they are now able to teach the Buddha's teachings with the right understanding.
- Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery
- List of Mahamevnawa branches
- Lakviru FM
- Shraddha TV
- Radio in Sri Lanka
- Television in Sri Lanka
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- Short Spiritual Biography of Bhikkhu Ñānānanda (Buddha Vision)
- Founder's Photo Album (Buddha Vision)
Dhamma Sermons/Articles by Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero
- Download MP3, PDF of Dhamma Sermons (in Sinhalese)
- Dhamma Articles (in English)
- Meditation/Bhawana – Thisara FM (Sinhalese, followed by English Interpretation)
- Video Dhamma Sermons (YouTube Channel)
- 'Master of meditation' – An article from 'Sunday Times' News Paper
- 'Only four people attended my first sermon' – An article from 'Daily News' News Paper
- Googlepage of BuddhaVision
- 'Writer in the making' – An article about a lay disciple from 'Sunday Observer' News Paper
- Revealing the heresies of Swarna and Presenting the Truth to the Intelligent
- Sinhala Transcript of TV program: "Urumayaka Ulpath"
- "Inauguration of the Mahamevnawa Bhavana Monastery of New Jersey, USA", LankaWeb News
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