K. Sri DhammanandaCentenary Celebration
“K. Sri Dhammananda – His Legacy Lives On” Exhibition 2018
A Life of Service & Contribution
Stature As Buddhist Leader
In 1965, Venerable Dhammananda had been conferred the title “Chief Sangha Nayaka Thera” of Malaysia by the Siam Maha Nikaya, Malwatta Chapter of Sri Lanka. Throughout his life, Venerable Dhammananda strived tirelessly to bring Buddhism to Malaysians. Today, in Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka, Venerable Dhammananda is hailed for his contributions towards the Buddhist community.
Venerable Dhammananda recognized the importance of the Sanghas’ roles in the growth and spread of Buddhism. Therefore, in December 1976 he initiated the first novitiate program for English-educated Buddhists at the Buddhist Maha Vihara, commonly known as the Brickfields Buddhist Temple.
Hymns, Humor and HiStories
Venerable Dhammananda conveyed simple practical wisdom through stories and humor, which made him a great storyteller as well as an inspirational spiritual leader. He made it easier for his audience to relate to and develop an understanding and respect for the Buddhist philosophy of living.
Intra & Inter-Religious Harmony
Venerable Dhammananda strongly subscribed to inter-faith activities. He had always preached the need to respect all religions. In his missionary activities he never condemned any religion; instead, he had been known to ask his devotees to appreciate and respect the teachings of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism.
Over the last four decades, Venerable Dhammananda had written profusely and his works have touched not only Buddhists but also non-Buddhists, both within Malaysia and in different parts of the world. Today he has to his credit no less than 47 important Buddhist books ranging from simple pamphlets to full-scale texts exceeding 700 pages.