IABU Member-institutions from Sri Lanka

1. University of Kelaniya
Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies

Head: Ven. Dr Nabirittankadawara Gnanaratana Thero, PhD
Address: Department of Pali & Buddhist Studies
University of Kelaniya
Kelaniya
SRI  LANKA

Academic Staff (as of June 2008)

B.A (Kelaniya.), M.A, Ph.D. (Delhi.), Diploma in Psychology
E-mail: rakkhita@sltnet.lk

Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies
University of Kelaniya

Director
Senior Professor G. D. Sumanapala,
Sunethramahadevi Pirivena Premises,
Pepiliyana,
Boralesgamuwa, Sri Lanka

Academic Staff
Mr. W. M. Deshapriya Gunasena,
Senior Lecturer,
Head,
Department of Buddhist Sources.
BA Hons. , MA (Buddhist Studies), MA (Pali), MA (Linguistics), MPhil, Pandit
E-mail : deshapriya_w@yahoo.com

Dr. Wasantha Priyadarshana
Senior Lecturer,
Head,
Department of Buddhist Culture.
BA Hons. , MA, PG Diploma in COunselling, PhD
E-mail : dr.wasantha@ymail.com

Prof. G. D. Sumanapala,
Acting Head,
Department of Buddhist Philosophy,
BA Hons. , MA, PhD, Pandit

Website of the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies: http://www.kln.ac.lk/institutes/pgipbs/index.html

2. Sri Jayawardenapura University
Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies

Head: Ven. Dr. Naimbala Dhammadassi, PhD (Lancaster)
Work Address: Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies
Srijayawardenapura University
Nugegoda
Sri Lanka
Fax: +94 11 2803196
Website http://www.sjp.ac.lk

Academic Staff (as of June 2008)

  • Professor W.A.G. Perera - BA (General); BA (Hons); MA (Kelaniya)
  • Rev. Naimbala Dammadassi - Senior Lecturer
    BA (Hons) (USJ), PhD (Lancaster)
  • K.A. Weerasena - Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons); MA (USJ)
  • Rev. Magammana Panghanananda - Senior Lecturer
    BA (Hons) (USJ), MA (Uni. of Pali & Buddhist Studies), PhD (Delhi)
  • W.M. Yaparathne - Lecturer
    BA (Hons) (Peradeniya), MPhil (USJ), PGD in Counseling (Colombo)
  • Rev. Mastiye Upananda - Lecturer (Probationary)
    BA (Hons) (USJ)
  • Rev. Elamaldeniye Sarananda - Lecturer (Probationary)
    BA (Hons) (USJ)
  • Rev. Kumbuke Chandaloka - Lecturer (Probationary)
    BA (Hons) (USJ)
  • Aruna Shantha Walpola - Lecturer (Probationary)
    BA (Hons) (USJ)
  • G.A. Gamini - Lecturer (Probationary)
    BA (Hons) (USJ), MA (Uni. of Pali & Buddhist Studies)
  • Nimal Wasantha Mendis - Lecturer (Probationary)
    BA (Hons) (USJ), PGD in Archeology (Kelaniya); MSc (Kelaniya); Mphil (Kelaniya)
  • Ms. Asha Nimali Fernando - Lecturer (Probationary)
    BA (Hons) (USJ)

3. University of Colombo

(N.B. a national university with arts and sciences including medicine)
Department of Sinhala
Pali and Buddhist Studies Unit
Head: Ven. Dr. M. Dhammajoti - Senior Lecturer
BA (USJ)., MA., MPhil (Kelaniya)., PhD (Nanjing, China)
Research area: Mahayana Buddhism
Email: dhammajothi@yahoo.com

Work Address: Pali and Buddhist Studies Unit
Department of Sinhala
Faculty of Arts
P.O.B 1490
University of Colombo
Colombo 03
Sri Lanka
Tel:    +94 (0)1 2500443
          +94 (0)1 2500474
Fax: +94 (0)1 2505758
Website: http://www.cmb.ac.lk

Other Academic Staff (as of June 2008)

  • Rev. Uduhawara Ananda – Senior Lecturer

BA (Peradeniya), MA ( Kelaniya), MPhil (Peradeniya)
Research interest: Early Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism and Buddhist Vinaya
Email: uduhawara@yahoo.com

  • Wimal Hewa Manage – Lecturer (Probationary)

BA( Kelaniya) MA (Kelaniya) MPhil (Kelaniya) Pracheena Pandit
Research interest: Pali language and Theravada Abhidhama 

4. Ruhuna University
Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies

Head: Ven. Dr. Beligalle Dhammajoti
Work Address: Ruhuna University
Matara
Sri Lanka
Tel: 0094-041 2227011; 0412227011
Fax: 0094- 0412227010
Email: pali@hss.ruh.ac.lk (Department); Email: ariyadeva@yahoo.com (personal)
Tel: +94 (0)912259443; +94 (0)779579143.

Academic Staff (as of June 2008)

  • Ven. Dr. Wilegoda Ariyadewa, Senior Lecturer & Head of Dept.,, BA (Kelaniya), PhD (BHU, India)

Tel: +94 (0)912259443; +94 (0)779579143; Email: ariyadeva@yahoo.com
Research interest: Social Philosophy of Buddhism, Buddhist Art & Litsabage

  • Ven. Professor Midigama Soratha, BA, MA, MPhill (Kelaniya)

Tel: +94 (0)412250471; Email: msoratha@yahoo.com; Tel: +94 (0)777596031
Research interest: Buddhist Education, Buddhist Management

  • Ven. Prof. Medagama Nandawansa, BA(Kelaniya),MA (Japan),PhD (Poona)

Tel: +94 (0)112674524; Email: mnanda@sltnet.lk
Research interest: Pali Language of Literature,  Pali Lexioicographical Literature

  • Ven. Dr Beligalle Dhammajoti, Senior Lecturer, BA, MA (Peradeniya), PhD (BHU, India)

Tel: +94 (0)2286363; Email: beligalle@yahoo.com
Research interest: Buddhist Economics Philosophy

  • Dr A.J Ruhunuhewa, Senior Lecturer, BA (Kelaniya) MA (Sorborn) PhD (Inalco)

Tel: 94 (0)412221768; email: ruhunuhewa@pbs.ruh.ac.lk
Research interest: Mahayana Buddhism

  • Ven. Dr. Unuwathurabubule Mahinda, Senior Lecturer, BA,  MA, MPhil (Kelaniya), PhD (India)

Tel: +94 (0)412223725/ +94 (0)779637247
Research interest: Buddhist Art

  • Mr AG Sirinama Bandara, Senior Lecturer, BA, MPhil (Kelaniya)

Tel: +94 (0)785399865
Research interest: Pali Grammar

  • Ven Makola Mangala, Lecturer, BA., MPhil (Kelaniya)

Tel: +94 (0)112910695
Research interest: Mahayana Buddhism

  • Ven Taldena Ariyawimala, Lecturer, BA, MA (Kelaniya), Pandith

Tel: +94 (0)112343298/ +94 (0)773683143; Email: ariyawimalat@yahoo.com
Research interest: Pali Communication

  • Ven. Pandith Nahalle Wajiragnana, Lecturer, BA (USJ), MA (Buddhist & Pali)

Tel: +94 (0)773560703; Email: vennahalle@yahoo.com
Research interest: Prosody and Rhetoric

  • Ms HGS Nilanthika, Temporary Assistant Lecturer, BA (Ruhuna)

Tel: 94 (0)773560706
Research interest: Buddhist Culture

  • Ven Balapitiye SiriSeewali, Temporary Tutor, BA (Ruhuna)

Tel: +94 (0)773560704
Research interest: Pali language

5. University of Peradeniya
Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies

Head: Ven. Dr. Muwaetagama Gnanananda, PhD (Delhi)
Address:  Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies
University of Peradeniya
Peradeniya
Sri Lanka
Tel: 0094-060- 2855499/; 0094- 071 5313712; 0094 81 239 2521; 0094 81 239 2520
Email: gnanananda@hotmail.com ; palibuddhist@pdn.ac.lk
Website: http://www.arts.pdn.ac.lk/pali

1. Ven. Muwaetagama Gunananda is a Senior Lecturer and the Head of the Department. He has B.A. Honours and M.Phil. from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and Ph.D. from the Delhi University. Ven. Gnanananda teaches and researches on Pali language and literature and origins of Mahayana.

2. Prof. G.A. Somaratne is a Senior Lecturer. He has B.A. Honours from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University, U.S.A. Dr. Somaratne teaches and researches on early Buddhism, Buddhist rituals, world religions, and Pali.
Chairperson, Faculty Higher Degrees Committee – Faculty of Arts, since October 1st, 2005 - Present
Former Head, Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies – August 1, 2004 – June 30, 2007
Joint-Secretary, Sri Lanka Association of Buddhist Studies – from 2002
Research and Teaching interest:
Early Buddhism, Tipitaka Studies, Buddhist Soteriology, Pali Language, Editing and Translating Pali Texts, Background to Early Buddhism, Buddha's Social Philosophy, World Religions

3. Venerable Dr.Bamunugama Shanthawimala is a senior lecturer and has B.A.honours from University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka, M.A. from University of Kelaniya Sri Lanka and Ph.D. from University of Banaras, India. Venerable Shanthawimala teaches and researches Buddhist Philosophy and other world religions,Social and Political issues,Buddhist Monasticism and Pali

4. Ven. Dr. Makadawara Ananda is a Senior Lecturer and has B.A. Honours from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and Ph.D. from University of Delhi, India. Ven. Dr. Ananda teaches and researches on history of Buddhist thought, Mahayana Buddhism, Pali and Pali Vamsa literature.

5. Ven. Kotapitiye Rahula is a Senior Lecturer, and has B.A. Honours and M.A. from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Ven. Rahula teaches and researches on Pali language and literature and Abhidhamma studies.

6. Mr. R.G.D. Jayawardena is a Senior Lecturer, and has B.A. and M.A. from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Mr. Jayawardena teaches and researches on the history of Buddhism and Buddhist art and culture.

7. Mr. Sumana Ratnayaka is a Senior Lecturer, and has B.A. Honours from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, and M.Litt. from University of Oxford, U.K. Mr. Ratnayaka teaches and researches on early Buddhism, Buddhist philosophy, and Pali.

The Visiting Lecturers:
Professor Emeritus of Pali and Buddhist Studies P.D. Premasiri (Retired in December 2006). He holds B.A. Honours from University of Ceylon, B.A. Honours and M.A. from the Cambridge University, U.K., and Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii, U.S.A. Professor Premasiri teaches and researches on Buddhist philosophy, Buddhist ethics, Buddhist psychology, comparative studies on Buddhism and Western philosophy and religions, and Pali.

Prof. P.B. Meegaskumbura - Emeritus professor of linguistic

Prof. Anuradha Seneviratne - former professor of Sinhala

Dr. H.S.S. Nissanka

Dr. Mrs. M.P.M. Peiris - B.A. Hons. London, Ph.D. University of Kelaniya.

Lecturers
Ven. Medagampitiye Wijitadhamma - Royal Pandit, B.A. Honours, University of Peradeniya, MA Linguistic, University of Kelaniya

Mr. H.M.G. Mahinda Herath - Royal Pandit, B.A. Honours, University of Peradeniya, M.A. Sanskrit, Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka

Mr. K.G.A. Lakshman Kumara - Royal Pandit, B.A. Honours, University of Peradeniya

Ven. Muthukeliyawe Indarathana is a temporary lecturer of the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, and he holds B. A. Honours from University of Peradeniya , Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Open University of Sri Lanka, Royal Pandit Degree form Sri Lanka Oriental Studies. Ven. Indarathana teaches and researches on Pali Text, Early Mahayana philosophical traditions and World religions. He is also a visiting lecturer of Buddhist and Pali University , Homagama , Sri Lanka .
Email : muthukeliyawe@yahoo.com

Ven. Kirinde Chandananda is a temporary lecturer of the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, and has B. A. Honours from the University of Peradeniya . He teaches and researches on Buddhist philosophy, Buddhist Ethics, history of Buddhism and Buddhist arts.

6. Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka

Rector/ Vice-Chancellor: Ven. Prof. Wegama Piyaratana Thero, B. Ed. (Colombo) BA. (Hons), MA, MPhil (BPU)
214, Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
Colombo-07,
Sri Lanka
Tel: +94-1-2580609 / 2593604 / 2593397
Fax: +94-1-2580610
Email: budd-pali-uni@sltnet.lk; bplib@sltnet.lk;
          budd-pali-uni@sltnet

7. Buddhasravaka Bhikshu University
Rector/ Vice-Chancellor: Ven. Dr.Thumbule Seelakkhandha Thero
B.Ed. (Hons), (Peradeniya), MPhil, PhD. (Colombo)
Nanana Mawatha
Anuradhapura
Sri Lanka
Tel: +94-025227980
Fax: +94-2222640
Email: bbuvcanu@sltnet.lk

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