Expectations anent Bhikkuni Training centre and
The International Faculty of Buddhist Studies
- Commencing the construction of new buildings of the proposed training centre on 8th March 2015.
- Before 8th March 2016, improving the already existent resources and increasing the number of trainee Bhikkunnis to sixty.
- By 8th March 2017 finishing the construction of the new building – Complex.
- By 2018 holding the inauguration ceremony of referring the first batch of trained bhikkkhunis to dissemination of Dhamma and psychological counseling.
- Within the next seven years winning international acclaim for the Bhikkuni training Centre and the faculty of Buddhist Studies.
Key expectations of the Bhikkuni training Centre and courses offered at the faculty of Buddhist Studies
Through the education given with the daily routine based of faith and discipline include
- A proper knowledge of the Tripitaka.
- Knowledge of languages such as Sinhala, Pali and English.
- An understanding of our culture in conjunction with studies in History and sociology.
- Training in meditation and psychological counseling.
- Directing Bhikkunis to missionary activity by training them in ” Dhamma communication and Temple Management”
- A Knowledge of the other religions prevalent in Sri Lanka.
- Imparting knowledge of how to chant pirith properly and the allied duties and practices.
Establishment of the Buddhist Cultural Centre affiliated to the Bhikkuni Training Centre
And International Faculty Of Buddhist Studies.
The Buddhist conception which disembarked with the advent of Arahant Majhinda Thera coursed to a big change in deep-rooted beliefs and concurrently to start a Sinhala Buddhist Cultural Centre. The chage so stared promptly penetrated to towns and effected on from architecture to tanks, ponds, parks, palaces and stupas and statues etc. The successive step of that civilization was to give birth an art of writing of the Tripitaka on ola leaves. The Sinhala Buddhist Literature so nourished for more than 2000 years gradually after the Kandyan period and finally became extinct as a result of western invasion.
The Buddhist cultural centre was established in 1992 as a brainchild of Ven. Kiram Wimalajhothi Thera at a time the Buddhist books were very rare and hard to find among that society. On inquiry the publishers in Colombo explained that there were no demand for such book, Therefore the writers did not write and publishers did not undertalke to publish such books and at the same time got the information that even out ancient books such as Jathaka Stories, Piruvana Books, Saddarmalankaraya, Pujavaliya and Visuddhimagga (path of purification etc.) were not available due to the aforesaid reasons.
Ven. Kirama Wimalajothi who had been abroad for 20 years as a Buddhist Missionary with the assistance of his devotees in Malaysia stared the Buddhist Cultural Centre in a small scale to promote Buddhist Publications to top of the list among the other banal publications such as novels, short stories, fictions and picture cartoon stories. Buddhist cultural Centre which was started as a nonprofit venture with good intentions and an open heart has now published more than 1000 books both in Sinhala and English Languages.