About Colombo Dhamma Friends

History of Colombo Dhamma Friends of Mahamevnawa

For many years the founder of Mahamevnawa—Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero—has wanted to share the Supreme Buddha’s Dhamma with the innocent children living in Colombo attending international schools. He wisely understood that as they became more and more dedicated to English learning, they would need to also learn the true Buddha’s teachings in English.

To those ends, monks were instructed to begin doing regular Dhamma programs in Colombo in English medium. Starting in September of 2016 there have been monthly sil programs and meditation programs conducted in English under the name Colombo Dhamma Friends. Since that time not only children but also adults and foreigners have had the chance to learn and practice the authentic teachings of Gautama Buddha. As well, numerous English programs have been conducted at international schools in Colombo.

How the New Monks Residence Operates

It quickly became clear that having English speaking monks living closer to Colombo would be a great blessing for the lay disciples. With the Blessing of Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero, property was rented in Kotte in February of 2019. This was only possible through the generosity of many of the lay disciples who had come to value the English medium programs.

Now lay disciples have the opportunity to help continue this meritorious Dhamma propagation by offering Sangha Dana and by contributing to the monthly expenses of the property. If you would like to collect merit in this way, please speak to one of the monks.