Ven. Dr K. Sri Dhammananda Devotes All His Life to Dharma
07-24-2018    The Star Online
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="COLOR: black">Chief Reverend Venerable Dr K. Sri Dhammananda<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="COLOR: black">March 18, 1919 -- Aug 31, 2006<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="COLOR: black"><FONT color=#000099>Death is not sorrowful, but to have lived and not be of service to others is sorrowful.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="COLOR: black"><FONT color=#000099>- Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda Nayaka Maha Thera<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="COLOR: black">The Star Online, September 6, 2006<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="COLOR: black">Rev Dhammananda was involved in Buddhist missionary work for 54 years. He was born in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Sri Lanka</st1:place></st1:country-region> on March 18, 1919. When he was 12, he was ordained as a novice monk and given the name Dhammananda meaning "Bliss of the Dhamma" as well as the first name Kirinde after his village.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="COLOR: black">At 26, he graduated from the <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Vidyalankara</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Pirivena</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">College</st1:PlaceType> in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Colombo</st1:place></st1:City> with a Diploma in Pali and Sanskrit, Buddhist philosophy and the Pali Cannon. He continued post-graduate studies at the <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Benares</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Hindu</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> in <st1:place w:st="on">North India</st1:place> for four years and graduated with a Masters degree in Indian Philosophy in 1949.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="COLOR: black">In 1952, he was invited to Malaya to reside at the Buddhist Vihara in Brickfields, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Kuala Lumpur</st1:place></st1:City> to teach Buddhism. In 1962, he established the Buddhist Missionary Society (BMS) for a more organised missionary work in the country. Under BMS, he wrote many booklets and books on Buddhist teachings. To-date, he had written 70 books, which have been translated into no less than 16 languages worldwide.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="COLOR: black">In 1965, Rev Dhammananda was appointed the Chief High Priest of <st1:country-region w:st="on">Malaysia</st1:country-region> and <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Singapore</st1:place></st1:country-region>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="COLOR: black">Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia (BMSM) president Ang Choo Hong said: "The Chief Reverend wrote his last book at his sick bed. And on the day of his funeral, 60,000 copies of the book, <I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Where is the Buddha?</I> were published for free distribution as his last legacy."</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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