Young Men's Buddhist Association

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Barrister Don Baron Jayatilaka, President of the YMBA Colombo, pre 1920.

The YMBA, or Young Men's Buddhist Association, was created in Sri Lanka in 1898. The main founder was C. S. Dissanayake[1] as part of a bid to provide Buddhist institutions as an alternative to YMCA, otherwise known as the Young Men's Christian Association. It has had many famous presidents such as philanthropists Ernest de Silva and Henry Woodward Amarasuriya. It also exists in other countries, although they seem to be independent organizations.

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  • Tessa J. Bartholomeuz.In Defense of Dharma: Just-War Ideology in Buddhist Sri Lanka. RoutledgeCurzon, NY: New York, 2002.

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