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Message from the Head of Department

Ven. Kirama Wimalathissa

Senior Lecturer

The Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka is a prestigious higher education institute situated in the picturesque valley of Malwathu-oya, near the sacred city of Anuradhapura. It holds the unique distinction of being the only university in Asia reserved exclusively for Buddhist monks. The primary objective of establishing this University is to provide quality education rooted in the Theravada Pali canon.

The Department of Buddhist and Pali Studies is the cornerstone of the University, adhering to the University Act to achieve its foundational objectives. This department offers four comprehensive courses for undergraduate student monks, encompassing major areas of Buddhist studies in both Sinhala and English mediums:

  1. Tripitaka Studies
  2. Buddhist Philosophy
  3. Pali Language
  4. Buddhist Civilization

Additionally, Buddhist Philosophy is a compulsory subject for all undergraduate students, ensuring a robust foundation in Buddhist thought and ethics.

The Department boasts a highly qualified academic staff, including esteemed professors and senior lecturers who have earned PhDs and other advanced academic qualifications. Their expertise and dedication ensure that the University delivers an exceptional education that is both rigorous and enlightening.

Our prime objective is to establish the Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka as a leading Buddhist university globally. By fostering an environment of academic excellence and spiritual growth, we aim to produce learned monks who can contribute significantly to the preservation and dissemination of Buddhist teachings.

Nestled in the tranquil surroundings of Malwathu-oya Valley, the University offers an ideal setting for contemplative study and spiritual practice. The proximity to the sacred city of Anuradhapura further enriches the learning experience, providing students with a deep connection to the historical and spiritual heritage of Buddhism.