K. Sri Dhammananda

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K. Sri Dhammananda
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TitleFirst Buddhist Chief High Priest of Malaysia (1963-2006)
Martin Garmage

(1919-03-18)18 March 1919
Matara, Sri Lanka
Died31 August 2006(2006-08-31) (aged 87)
Subang Jaya Medical Centre, Subang Jaya, Malaysia
EducationBanaras Hindu University
Senior posting
Based inKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
SuccessorKirinde Sri Dhammaratana

K. Sri Dhammananda (born Martin Gamage, 18 March 1919 – 31 August 2006) was a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk and scholar.

Early life[edit]

Born in the village of Kirinde in Matara, Sri Lanka, Dhammananda spent most of his life and career in Malaysia. He was ordained as a novice monk (samanera) at the age of 12 and was fully ordained in 1940. After arriving in Malaya, now part of Malaysia, in 1952, Dhammananda established himself as the foremost[citation needed] Theravada Buddhist monk in Malaysia and Singapore.He was honored with Aggamaha Saddhammajotikadhaja award by the Myanmar government in 2000.


Dr. Dhammananda passed away on 31 August 2006 at the Subang Jaya Medical Centre in Malaysia.[1] It was claimed that there were auspicious signs including lights and auras around the funeral site.[2]


  1. ^ "Loving Monk". The Buddhist Channel. 6 September 2006.
  2. ^ "Odd Sighting At Dhammananda's Cremation". The Buddhist Channel. 7 September 2006.

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Buddhist titles
Preceded by
Honorary President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists
Served alongside: Hsing Yun

Succeeded by