Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery

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Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery
Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery logo.png
Motto The world that Buddha saw
Formation 14 August 1999
Type Organization of Buddhist monasteries
Purpose Spiritual development
Headquarters Polgahawela, Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka (40 branches); Toronto, Canada; New Jersey, Washington DC, California, Florida, USA; Sydney, Melbourne, AU; London, UK; Offenbach, Germany; Dubai; South Korea; Italy; India; (List of Mahamevnawa branches)
Region served
Practicing Buddhists
Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero

Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery is an organization of Buddhist monasteries of Sri Lankan origin established to benefit the spiritual development of human beings using the teachings of the Gautama Buddha.[1] Its main monastery is in Polgahawela, Sri Lanka, and Sri Lanka is home to 40 branches of the organization. Overseas branches are in Canada,[2] USA, Australia, UK,[3] Dubai, South Korea, India, Italy, and Germany.[4] And Mahamevnawa is home to more than 700 Buddhist monks. [5]

The founder and the chief Buddhist monk in charge of these monasteries is Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero, who is engaged in spreading Buddhism to both local and international communities, and in highlighting the aim of Buddhism: putting an end to Dukkha (suffering) or attaining Nibbana.

Mahamevnawa Anagarika Monastery[edit]

Mahamevnawa monastery for Buddhist Nuns is called Mahamevnawa Anagarika Monastery. Currently there are 6 Anagarika Monasteries of Mahamevnawa. About 100 Buddhists Nuns resident and practice Dhamma there.

Practicing Dhamma[edit]

Mahamevnawa Monastery Polgahawela.
Mahasangha of Mahamevnawa

Mahamevnawa monasteries promote teaching, discussion and practice of Dhamma in unaltered form, and that the first step towards cessation of suffering is getting to know Buddha's teaching. Mahamevnawa also facilitates the practice of meditation, one of the key tools for improving concentration and wisdom, through cultivating mindfulness (Sathi) as a component of the path to Nibbāna. A key point that Mahmevnawa highlights is that Dhamma not only says that life is suffering, but also shows a proven path to cessation of that suffering.

Spreading Dhamma[edit]

Both lay and clergy associated with Mahamevnawa adhere to this whenever possible. The way of preaching and teaching Dhamma adopted by the clergy at Mahamevnawa is what Buddha advocated.[6]

Mahamevnawa Sadaham Prakashana (Mahamevnawa Dhamma Publications) [1]

Mahamevnawa makes available recorded sermons and Dhamma texts, based on original teachings of Buddha, that reveal the truth in life and emphasize the urge of cession of suffering. Most of these publications are in Sinhalese, due to the initial Sri Lankan context, but English translations are also available.

To widen its Dhamma Service, Mahamevnawa monastery started a Buddhist television channel named Shraddha TV in 2012. Later Mahamevnawa started a radio channel named Shraddha Radio too.

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