Buddhist Scholars

My Humble Tribute to Anagarika Dharmapala

My Humble Tribute to Anagarika Dharmapala Preamble On 25th December 2015 Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala Humanitarian Foundation of Sri Lanka awarded me with a title “Vishwa Keerthi Sri Saddharma Gaveshi” for being the advisor, office bearer and member of many Buddhist organizations contributing in many ways with my professional, educational and social wisdom to Buddha Sasana and being supportive of national, religious, and social and educational activities of Srimat Anagarika Dharmapala…

Exclusive interview: Globally recognized Bangladeshi medical scientist Dr. Sumana Barua

Exclusive interview: Globally recognized Bangladeshi medical scientist Dr. Sumana Barua Interviewed by: Nirvana desk* Dr. Sumana Barua is a globally recognized Bangladeshi medical scientist in the field of communicable disease control. He is also specialized in training of various health professionals (doctors, nurses and other health work forces) towards strengthening of health system as well as development of health system in developing countries. For leprosy control programme, he made remarkable…

THE 3RD PARINIBBANA ANNIVERSARY OF MOST VENERABLE ARAHAT BANA BHANTE

THE 3RD PARINIBBANA ANNIVERSARY OF MOST VENERABLE ARAHAT BANA BHANTE 30 January 2015 Christian Era, 2558 Buddha Era, 19 Magh 1421 Bengali Era, Friday, is The 3rd Parinibbana Anninersary of Most Venerable Arahat Sadhananda Mahathero known as Bana Bhante. The Anniversary will be celebrated with a day-long auspicious program at Rajbana Vihara,Rangamati Sadar, Rangamati Hill District, Bangladesh.Please note that Most Venerable Arahat Bana Bhante attained Anupadisesh Nibbana at 15:15 on…

The 150th Birth Anniversary of Karmayogi Kripasaran Mahastavir on 22nd February 2015 Sunday

THE 150TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF KARMAYOGI KRIPASARAN MAHASTAVIR ON 22 FEBRUARY 2015, SUNDAY The 150th Birth Anniversary of Karmayogi Kripasaran Mahastavir will be celebrated on the 22nd February 2015, Sunday, at Dhammarajika Buddhist Monastery, Dhaka, Bangladesh organized by Bangladesh Bouddha Kristi Prachar Sangha in association with Bangladesh Buddhist Federation, Bangladesh Bouddha Samity (Dhaka Region) and Bangladesh Bouddha Yoba Parishad. Karmayogi Kripasaran Mahastavir’s name is closely associated with the history of…

The 83rd Birth Anniversary of H H Sanghanayaka Suddhananda Mahathero on 15th January 2015

The 83rd Birth Anniversary of H H Sanghanayaka Suddhananda Mahathero on 15th January 2015 The 83rd Birth Anniversary of H H Sanghanayaka Suddhananda Mahathero will be observed on 15th January 2015, Thursday, at Dhammarajika Buddhist Monastery, Dhaka, Bangladesh. H H Sanghanayaka Suddhananda Mahathero is a gifted Buddhist Monk imbued with a profound spirituality. A wide range of sterling activities as a social organizer, administrator, a patron of learning and above…

Most Highest Holiness Ven. Sadhanananda Mahathera (Bono Bhante) Parinirvana

Most Highest Holiness Ven. Sadhanananda Mahathera (Bono Bhante)'s Parinirvana  By Chakma Raja Devasish Roy-Wangza Many of you are perhaps aware of the parinirvana of our most revered guru, Ven'ble Sadhanananda Mahathera (Bono Bhante), at Square Hospital, Dhaka on 30 January, 2012 at 2-57 pm. I had written earlier about the Bhante's treatment. Now I wish to share with you some snapshots of the last day of this great teacher's life…

Tribute to Anagarika Dharmapala

Tribute to Anagarika Dharmapala Anagarika Dharmapala died at Saranath at the age of 69 gazing at the Mulagandakuti Vihara, where he spent his last days, wishing that he be “reborn again twenty-five times to spread Lord Buddha’s Dhamma”. With the invasion of Ceylon, by three western powers, namely, Portuguese, the Dutch and the British, the lifestyle of Sri Lankans were changed drastically. Invaders imposed their religion, language, customs, dress, food…

His mission was moulding man

His mission was moulding man The prelate the Most Venerable Madihe Pannghaseeha Maha Nayaka Thera by Patricia Mangalika Yahampath     In the province of the southern territory, district of Matara in the village of Madihe, where the coconut palms sway, and the never still ocean runs, in the year of 1913 on the day of 13th June, a fortunate baby was born to parents J.C. Pujithagunawardena and Bella Anjela Dheerasekera,…

Colonel Henry Steel Olcott

Colonel Henry Steel Olcott Henry Steel Olcott was born on August 2, 1832 into a pious Presbyterian household in Orange, New Jersey. In his teens, he attended the College of the City of New York and Columbia University. At the age of 20, he became a convert to spiritualism. Soon, he was championing a host of other causes, including anti-slavery, agricultural reform, women’s rights, cremation, and temperance. At 28 (1860),…

Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahathera

Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya MahatheraA Personal Appreciation Venerable Balangoda Ananda Maitreya was one of the great personalities of Theravada Buddhism in the twentieth century, and it is testimony to his vast store of past merits that his life span stretched clear across this century from its beginning almost to its end. In the course of his exemplary life this outstanding Mahathera has held some of the most prestigious academic and…

First western Buddhist monk

First western Buddhist monkAn Irishman, Laurence Carroll has a strong claim to be the first Westerner to become a Buddhist monk, and became famous in Burma in the early 20th Century for denouncing the spread of Christianity there.Carroll was thought to have been born in 1856 in Booterstown, Dublin. He was to later become known as Dhammaloka, meaning ‘light of the Dhamma’ (Buddhist teaching) or ‘word of the ‘Dhamma’. He…

A Short Life Sketch : BIMALENDU BARUA

A veteran writer, poet and celebrated journalist, was born in Kadhurkhil village, Boalkhali Upa-Zilla, Chittagong District on 15 April, 1933. His father's name late Priyanath Barua and mother's name late Bidhumukhi Barua. After completing his education under Dhaka University he began his career first as a high school teacher in 1958 and finally joined Journalism in 1964. He was worked as Chief Sub-Editor in the Daily Azadi, a well established…

Happy Birth anniversary of His Holiness Sanghanayaka Suddhananda Mahathera

Happy Birth anniversary of His Holiness Sanghanayaka Suddhananda Mahathera Today 15th January is 82nd  Birthday of His Holiness Venerable Suddhananda Mahathera. His Holiness Venerable Suddhananda Mahthero is a well-known Buddhist monk who is a lifelong self-restraining, mind restraining personality having the enlightened mentality of non-communal and universal welfare. His Holiness is a person of high intellect and earned enormous appreciation from people of all walks of life as the recognition…

Nani Bala Barua (Dipa Ma): The Life & Legacy of a Buddhist Master

Dipa Ma (March 25, 1911 - September 1989) was a Bangladeshi meditation teacher of Theravada Buddhism, a student of Anagarika Munindra. She also taught in the United States, influencing the so-called Vipassana movement. BiographyEarly lifeShe was born Nani Bala Barua in a small village in Chittagong, East Bengal (currently, Bangladesh),In Nani's childhood, she showed an exceptional interest in Buddhist rituals and preferred to study rather than play. She very much…