Our Mentor

Ven. Senior Professor Uthurawala Dhammaratana Thero

Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy.
Uthurawala Dhammaratana Thero

Ven. Senior Prof. Uthurawala Dhammaratana Thero obtained ordination in 1973 from Ven. Kahatapitiye Siri Gunaratana Nayaka Thero, the Chief priest of Kalatuwagama Ancient Temple in Nikadalupothe. Having obtained training in samatha and vidarshana meditation system from the most Ven. Kahatapitiye Sri Sumathipala maha nayaka thero the chief priest of the vipassana meditation center in Kanduboda in 1973 he researched this system of meditation while engaging in research. He produced a number of books on meditation even at the moment, the Ven.thero is engaged in writing books on meditation while devoting much of the time in research activities too.

Meditation training programmes are being conducted island wide for the students and the teachers in schools under the supervision of Ministry of Education and for others including laymen/priests who are interested in following this course.

Ven. Senior Prof. Uthurawala Dhammaratana Thero obtained higher ordination in 1982. For over 33 years he studied Tripitaka doctrine, languages and other classical subjects and became well versed in Dhamma. In his academic career he was awarded an Hons. Degree, Master of Arts Degree and a doctorate. Thereafter he joined the Vidyalankara Pirivena in Peliyagoda and became the Dean of the Faculty of Pali in the University of Buddhism and Pali. Subsequently he was appointed as a professor of that faculty.

Being a distinguished product of the Vidyalankara Pirivena in Peliyagoda Ven. Senior Prof. Dhammaratana thero continues to get the blessings of the present principle of the Pirivena, the Most Rev. Dr. Welamitiyave Sri Kusaladhamma Thero, Chancellor, University of Kelaniya and Chief Sanga Nayaka Thero of the Colombo and Chilaw Divisions.

The Rev. Senior Prof. Uturawala Dhammaratana Thero also serves as the Chief of the Mind Development Training and Research Buddhist Center in Kelaniya, Chairman of the Research Management Council and the Chief of the academic and non-academic staff, renderingyeoman service to the center.

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