A fully equipped training centre was established at Dekanduwela, Horana on a 10 acre land in 1993 by the Director of BCC, Ven. Kirama Wimalajothi thero. Atop a mountain located in Kananwila, off Horana in the Kalutara District exists the Institution called Dekanduwela Bhikkuni Training Centre which is engaged in dissemination of knowledge gathered from ”Buddhist teaching to devoted Buddhists who have a general understanding of the dhamma. The idea is to teach them how one can achieve mind and self control through proper practice of Buddhist teachings.
At Dekanduwela, uniqueness about the place is that it provides a training to both men and women of all ages to lead a simple life while engaging in spiritual practices. The centre could accommodate 40 participants at a time. Besides local participants including Bhikkhunis, over 2000 foreign persons have been trained by the Centre. Participants from Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Japan, Russia, Thailand Sweden and some other countries attended these sessions. One year training course in Tripitaka Dhamma for Bhikkhus and lay devotees is now being conducted at the Centre.
Temporary (two weeks) Ordination program was launched in 2003. This was designed to give basic knowledge in Dhamma, Meditation and Social Work. This novice training was conducted once in two months. The program gained popularity among the youths very rapidly. Most of the people who stay there are students, graduates, professionals and fathers and mothers from various social backgrounds. After one year of this basic training, all of them are enrolled as members of the ‘Ariya Mittha Sansadaya’, main objective of which is to propagate the Buddha Dhamma among the school children. This activity is carried out in addition to the Sunday Dhamma Schools.
10 youths were ordained in March 1995 for the purpose of spreading the Buddha Dhamma in foreign countries. Most of them are now following higher studies abroad.