Pemaduwa Buddhist Monastery

This picture is an example of the inside of Willachiya  monastery before the construction. A monk sleeps  on a timber planks laid on the clay bricks

This project has been targeted to support Buddhists living in the area for their religious needs, provide shelter to the novice monks as well as making the unity between Sinhalese in the area. ected by the infamous unethical conversions taken place just after the Sri Lankan army clear the LTTE threat in Willachiya and Tantirimalei area. The poverty in the area is significant and lacks of basic facilities for the Buddhist monasteries were evident.

Tantirimalei and adjacent monasteries like Willachiya in Anuradhapura district were foremost Buddhist places of worship for the Buddhists of Sinhale or Heladiva who formed about 99% of the population of the country before the westerners arrived. All lands belonged to many Temples given away to the Catholic Church by the murderous Portuguese Catholics. The Temples in coastal belt much affected but the Temples and monasteries inside the country less affected however, the converted “Kalu Suddas” eventually started systematic conversions similar to the Portuguese era except to the forceful attempts done by Portuguese.

It is important to understand the decline of the Buddhist institutions triggered onwards from Portuguese era. Among other monumental Buddhist Temples and Monasteries completely destroyed by Portuguese Barbarians Catholics include: Historic Kelani Raja Maha Viharaya, Kotte Sri Dalada Maligawa, Mapitigama. Raja Maha Viharaya, Wattala Raja Maha Vijharaya, Devinuwara Raja Maha Viharaya and related buildings besides the Munneswaram devale in Chilaw.

They are few out of many destroyed temples in Sri Lanka. In Temples like Wilachiya, Buddhist monks were subject to untold harassment and ill-treatment. Lands belonging to these Buddhist sites including Wilachiya were taken over and given to Catholic establishments later by the “Kalu Suddahs” for the newly brought people from coastal areas in recent history.

With the recommendation and advices of Venerable Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero, Venerable Chandaratana Thero in Tantirimalei Raja Maha Viharaya, Helabima started an extensive analytical investigation about the feasibility of supporting the resident monks and the area. The result was the construction of Wilachiya Monastery.

Construction of “Awasa Geya" (Dwellings) was immensely useful for 40 Buddhist monks studying and residing in Pemaduwa Temple at Wilachchiya in Anuradhapura district. However, this is an ongoing project and need the support from patriotic people.

You can still support continue this endeavor a success at following way,

  1. By subsidizing day to day living expenses of a Samanera.
  2. By providing necessary aid to conduct seminars and projects.

Eg: - Providing transport for monks who arrive from distant areas. Arranging books and other educational necessities as “pirikara” Arranging necessary facilities and pirikara for monks, who arrive to conduct seminars.

If you like to know more information, please contact us and your response is very valuable for us.

If you can forward this web page to a few Sri Lankans or non Sri Lankans whom you believe as to support Buddhism, may be interested in this noble cause it will be an immense contribution.

Your participation in continuing this project would be one way of paying tribute to your motherland.