Professor Bhikkhu Dhammavihari
[ Formerly Professor Jotiya Dhirasekera ]

[ Curriculum Vitae ]

Venerable Dhammavihari, better known among Buddhist scholars as Professor Jotiya Dhirasekaera, was ordained as a member of the Buddhist Sangha on 18th May 1990 at the age of sixty-nine. He has taught Buddhism and Pali at the Universities of Colombo and Peradeniya from 1946 to 1969. From 1969 to 1972, he was Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Since his return to Sri Lanka in 1972, he has held many distinguished academic positions such as Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopaedia of Buddhism, and Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies. He has also taught in the Graduate Schools of the Universities of Kelaniya and Sri Jayewardenepura. He is a popular writer and is the author of a rich collection of Buddhist essays entitled A Correct Vision and A Life Sublime. His magnum opus is Buddhist Monastic Discipline published in the Ministry of Higher Education Research Publication Series, Sri Lanka, 1982.


He is a regular broadcaster and has been involved

in analysing and critically examining
issues of social and religious significance, through the media of the press, radio and the television, both at national and international levels. He has travelled extensively covering Canada, U.S.A., England, Europe, Australia, New Zealand as well as China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar.

He is presently the first founder Director of the International Buddhist Research and Information Center in Sri Lanka.

But more important that all this,

is that he is a very sensitive and lovely friend,
whom we do not like to lose.

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