Mahamevnawa Publications

Stories of Heavenly Mansions from the Vimana Vatthu

By Venerable Kiribathgoda Gnanananda

Stories of Ghosts from the Peta Vatthu

By Venerable Kiribathgoda Gnanananda

The Voice of Enlightened Monks from the Theragātha

By Venerable Kiribathgoda Gnanananda

The Voice of Enlightened Nuns from the Therigatha

By Venerable Kiribathgoda Gnanananda

Mahamevnawa Pali-English Paritta Chanting Book

By Venerable Kiribathgoda Gnanananda

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Mahamevnawa Pali-English Paritta Chanting Book

This Paritta Chanting book is perfect for anyone who wants to know the English meaning of all the traditional Pali protective chants.

You can purchase the book as a paperback or Kindle ebook.

Evening Buddha Vandana

Join with the Evening Chanting

Every evening the monks get together, usually around 7 pm, to have a chanting service. Often local people will join in and you are welcome as well. This is a great way to get an experience of authentic Buddhist culture. It will usually begin by placing some items on the shrine. You may be invited to place some or just touch them as they are being carried.

There may be a chanting book in English for you to follow along with. You are also welcome to just listen. Below is a recording as well as the text of the first part of the service.

After the service, you are welcome to stay and speak with monks

Monks in the Morning Radio Show & Podcast

Radio Programme for Children of All Ages

You want your children to get all the benefits of their Buddhist religion. But a once a week Dhamma School just isn’t enough. Now you and your family can join with the monks of Colombo Dhamma Friends of Mahamevnawa each weekday so they can develop strong minds and virtue.

Each show is 28 minutes and includes taking refuges and precepts, chanting a paritta or a guided meditation, a short Dhamma sermon, and sometimes a short sutta reading. They always close with a merit sharing. Kids love it and they are able to use what they learn as they go about their day.

How to Listen Live

Tune in Monday through Friday from 6 am to 10 am on CDF Radio live streaming station. It repeats every 30 minutes. Go to

How to Download

The best way to listen is on a podcast app on your smart phone. We recommend RadioPublic. Follow our easy instructions. If you already have an app that plays podcasts, you can directly use our RSS feed. (right click here to copy)


I am mom of 3 kids residing in Las Vegas USA. I am very happy about of this programs because I am struggling teaching Dhamma in English to my kids. I know this programs is playing a vital role. My kids will benefit from your activities. I would like to pay gratitude for our Lokusuwameen wahahanse and all the monks of the Mahamewnawa. I Know them very well. Now I am in the other side of the world but every single day Mahamevnawa is guiding me.

 Kanchana Chamari

Kanchana Chamari

Las Vegas, USA

Dedicating and Offering the Colombo Dhamma Friends Sri Sambuddha Viharaya

The wonderful meritorious event of dedicating and offering the Colombo Dhamma Friends

Sri Sambuddha Viharaya

to the Gautama Buddha Sasana at Mahamevnawa Kotte

September 28th

Evening 5:00 PM Vandana & Sermon

Headed by the respectable monks of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery

We warmly invite you to participate in this meritorious event, worship the Triple Gem, and realize the Four Noble Truths.

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Let’s Observe 8 Precepts 4 Times a Month!

The Supreme Buddha encouraged his disciples to observe the eight precepts as often as possible. It is common to observe them on the full moon, but you may also like to follow them on the new and half moons. Here is the schedule. Dates in bold are the full moons.


Wednesday, August 7
Wednesday, August 14 (Poya)
Thursday, August 23
⬤ Thursday, August 30


Friday, September 6
Friday, September 13 (Poya)
Sunday, September 22
⬤ Saturday, September 28


Saturday, October 5
Sunday, October 13 (Poya)
Monday, October 21
⬤ Sunday, October 27


Monday, November 4
Tuesday, November 12 (Poya)
Tuesday, November 19
⬤ Tuesday, November 26


Wednesday, December 4
Wednesday, December 11 (Poya)
Thursday, December 19
⬤ Wednesday, December 25

Why Do We Teach Buddhism in English?

Many people ask us why, in a country like Sri Lanka, we teach Buddhism in English. The answer is very simple. It is for the people here now who cannot learn as easily in Sinhala. We do this without judgment and only so they can begin to practice the Supreme Buddha’s Dhamma immediately.

There are a few different groups of people we help:

  • Sinhala children returning from overseas. Many families who moved abroad are returning to Sri Lanka to raise their children. Although these families may speak Sinhala at home, the children’s Sinhala skill is not high enough for them to benefit from attending Dhamma School in Sinhala right now.
  • Tourists and visitors to Sri Lanka. Naturally we would like visitors to our country to be able to learn the authentic teachings of the Supreme Buddha. It’s an added bonus that they can learn side by side with Sinhala people
  • Children in Sri Lanka who’s education is taking place exclusively in English medium. Parents know the abilities and nature of their children best. Many of them feel that in order for their kids to learn Buddhism quickly and effectively, they should be learning in the same medium the rest of their education is happening in. We give them that choice.
  • Anyone who’s English is stronger than their Sinhala. Colombo is a growing global community with a diversity of residents. With English being an international language, we make sure that no one looses out on the chance to learn and practice the liberating teachings of the Supreme Buddha.

When we consider the future spread of Buddhism around the world, we know that today’s English Medium students are tomorrow’s global citizens. Although they will bring many skills with them as they live and travel abroad, the most important thing for them to share with the world is the teachings of the Supreme Buddha. Having a fluent education in Buddhism in the English language, this will allow them to spread these teachings to interested people where ever they go.

Of course, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastey has an over 20 year history of spreading the Supreme Buddha’s teachings in Sri Lanka and around the world in Sinhala, through their monasteries, books, magazine, television station, and radio station. English medium programs are just one more facet to this meritorious project.

If you have more questions about our activities, please contact us.