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PGIPBS will move to own place

2019 April 01
Forty-four years after its inception the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies (PGIPBS) of the Kelaniya University has finally got land to build Its own premises thanks to the hard work of our present director, Venerable Professor Kotapitiye Rahula Thera. 
On March 28, President Maithripala Siriesena laid the foundation stone for this project along with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Higher Education Minister Rauff Hakeem at Manelgama in Kelaniya. 
PGIPBS is the local institute to accommodate the largest number of foreign students, had functioned in rented places for more than four decades. 
So far, tens of thousands of graduates, both local and foreign, have passed out from the institute. Among them were monks and nuns from countries like Burma, Bangladesh, China, Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia. 
Currently, the institute is housed at Dutugemunu Street in Kohuwela. 
The present director Venerable Professor Kotapitiye Rahula Anunayake Thera have been meeting dozens of government officials and was making mammoth efforts for the past few years to secure a permanent place to house the institute. Finally, he managed to have his wish fulfilled with the approval coming his way to set it up in Manelgama, Kelaniya.
The Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies (PGIPBS) of the University of Kelaniya was known as the Vidyalankara Institute of Buddhist Studies since its inception on November 23, 1975, until December 30, 1979. 
our present name, status, and structure are derived from the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies Ordinance No. 8 of 1979, which came into operation on 1st January 1980. In terms of this Ordinance, the Institute functions as an organization within the University of Kelaniya, under the direction and control of a Board of Management (executive authority) constituted to represent both academic and administrative personnel. 

 

"The research function includes supervision of PhD and MPhil theses as well as research undertaken by the academic staff of the PGIPBS and external scholars"


All matters relating to curriculum development, courses of study, teaching, and research and the conduct of examinations are under the purview of the Faculty Board (academic authority) subject to the approval of the Board of Management and the University Senate. 
The Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies (PGIPBS) has three Departments of Study - Buddhist Sources, Buddhist Thought, and Buddhist Culture. 
Teaching and supervision are managed by a panel of lecturers and academic supervisors drawn mainly from the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences of local and foreign universities. Course work and research can be pursued either in Sinhala or in English and the Institute welcomes both local and foreign students. 
The Institute provides instructions for the courses of study outlined in the Master’s Degree, Postgraduate diploma, certificate and short term programs. It also guides any casual students, especially from foreign countries, who may seek assistance in projects of their own. 
The research function includes supervision of PhD and MPhil theses as well as research undertaken by the academic staff of the PGIPBS and external scholars.
Partnering with several foreign universities the PGIPBS has also extended its study programmes to a few overseas institutes as well. The Buddha Dharma Centre of Hong Kong Limited, Hong Kong, The Buddhist Library Graduate School of Singapore, Singapore and China’s Buddhist Academy of Mt. Putuo, China, conduct their programmes in their respective universities.
A slew of outstanding Buddhist and Pali scholars have held the director post of 
the institute.
PGIPBS included founding director Venerable Dr Havanpola Rathanasara (1975-1979), Professor L. P. N. Perera (1979-1984), Professor Jothiya Dheerasekare later known as Venerable Professor Dhammavihari, (1984-1990), Professor Y. Karunadasa (1991-2000), Professor Thilak Kariyawasam (2000-2003), Professor Asanga Thilakaratne (2003-2007) and Professor Sumanapala Galmangoda (2007-2013).

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Book Launched and Tripitaka Translation Donated to the Library

Mind and Liberation in Buddhism: A Study of Psychological and Soteriological Significance of Adhimutti/Adhimukti and Adhimokkha/Adhimokśa by Bhikkhuni Thich Nu Khanh Nang (Hoang Thi My Loan) was launched ceremonially on March 14, 2019,  at the Main Hall of the Institute. Rev. Dr Wadinagala Pannaloka conducted the invited speech on the book while  Ven. Prof. Kotapitiye Rahula, the Director of the Institute, Prof. Le Manh That and Prof.  Asanga Tilakaratne eminent scholars made remarks. The author donated a set of Vietnamese translation of the Tripitaka to the Institute’s library and the income of the book sold for a concessionary price for the Institute.   

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Inauguration Ceremony of the Academic Year 2019


The Inauguration Programmes of the Academic Year 2019 (English Medium & Sinhala Medium) was held successfully on 15th and 16th of February at the Main Hall of Postgraduate Institute of Pali & Buddhist Studies. English medium courses will commence on 22nd of February. Sinhala medium courses will commence on 23rd of February. Click Here for more images.
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Convocation 2018: Congratulations

470 graduates of Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies were awarded degrees at the 104th General Convocation of the University of Kelaniya held on 20th December 2018 at BMICH, Sri Lanka. 11 PhDs, 06 MPhils, 420 MAs and 40 Postgraduate Diplomas in the fields of Buddhist Studies, Pali and Buddhist Ayurvedic Counseling were awarded. We congratulate all graduates and Medal-winners on their success and wish them a bright career success ahead too.
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Special Achievements

There were two medals, a Gold Medal and a Silver Medal awarded for highest mark taking respectively in MA in Buddhist Studies and in Postgraduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies. Ven. (Nun) Panna Theri from Myanmar won the Gold medal and Ven. (Nun) Kelaniye Sudhammacari the Silver Medal.
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Special Achievement

Professor W.M.Deshapriya Gunasena of the Department of Buddhist Sources was awarded the most outstanding senior scholar of 2018 of the University of Kelaniya. PGIPBS congratulates this achievement.  
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Fare-well of Sinhalese Medium Students 

Students of Sinhala medium Taught Courses of Master of Buddhist Studies, Master of Buddhist Ayurvedic Counselling, and Postgraduate Diploma of Buddhist Ayurvedic Counseling in 2018 organized a charming and wonderful event to pay gratitude to the teachers. Power of unity and dedication were well-displayed by their performance at the event. Very few of snapshots were taken as sweet memories of the event. Click Here for more images.

Prof. Ven. Miriswaththe Wimalagnana has completed teaching in the Buddha Dharma Centre of Hong Kong

Prof. Ven. Miriswaththe Wimalagnana has successfully completed teaching in the Buddha Dharma Centre of Hong Kong, an affiliated Institute of PGIPBS.  He was teaching two complete MA courses there: Buddhist Art and Architecture (Indian Sub-continent) and Buddhist Aesthetic Concepts. As he has remarked from Hong Kong, there is a growing demand among Hong Kongers to study Buddhism. Due to the Courses introduced by Budha Dharma Centre, there is the opportunity for them to learn Pali Buddhism and Southern Buddhist culture.  As Professor Wimalagnana states, "they are not a group of students of mere academic interest, but those who constantly seek the practical elements applicable to life and their own professions. Hong Kongers represent a super-educated culture of Western academic orientation and their learning skills and hard-working have been noticed remarkable.
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One-Day International Seminar of Buddhist Approaches to Reconciliation

One-Day International Seminar of Buddhist Approaches to Reconciliation, Doctrines, Traditions and Interpretations was successfully held on the last August at Bandaranaike International Memorial Hall, Colombo-Sri Lanka. It was organized by Department of Buddhist Thought Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya-Sri Lanka. Keynote speak was done by Professor Shui Chuen Lee, Graduate School of Philosophy, National Central University, Taiwan. The event was graced by a number of influential scholars such as Professor Shui Chuen Lee (Taiwan), Emeritus Professor Oliver Abeynayaka (Sri Lanka), Professor Asanga Tillekaratne (Sri Lanka), Venerable Professor Mahinda Deegelle (United Kingdom), Venerable Dr. Hui Xian (China) and   Dr. Cao Liang Bhikkhuni (Taiwan).

The Seminar Proceedings with the keynote speech and abstracts are produced in the following PDF document.
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Prof. Wasantha Priyadarshana Conducts a Guest Lecture Series in 2018 in the Buddha Dharma Centre of Hong Kong

Prof. Wasantha Priyadarshana is conducting a special guest lecture series in the Buddha Dharma Centre of Hong Kong, an affiliated Institute of PGIPBS.  He is teaching two course units of Master of Arts Degree courses there: Buddhist Psychotherapy and Buddhist Social Dimension and conducting some special public lectures. It is learnt through the comments of the students that students are very much enthusiastic on exploring the Buddhist psychology and Psychotherapy

Senior Lecturer at the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies of University of Kelaniya,  Rev. Dr. Wadinagala Pannaloka, attended the following International Conferences.

2019 January 26
Presented the paper titled ‘Buddhism as Bridge to Cross-cultural relationships:

A Case Study

At the  Nagananda 2nd   International Research Conclave organized by the  Faculty of Graduate Studies, Nagananda International Institute for Buddhist Studies, Manelwatta, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

2018-June-06-09    

Presented the paper titled ‘Light in the Buddhist Philosophical Tradition’ at the International Symposium on Light in Life, held at the Orthodox Academy of Crete, Greece

 

 

 

Retreat for Spiritual Enhancement of Counselors

A two day meditation retreat was successfully conducted for the students of Master of Arts in Buddhist Ayurvedic Counseling 2018 of PGIPBS on 18th and 19th  of August 2018 at Bodhiraja International Meditation Center, Sooriyakanda, Rakwana. This retreat is one of the compulsory practical components of the course and it aims at developing the personality and enhancing capacity of counselors through meditation. While meditation master Bhante Iddamalgoda Vajira was the key preceptor of the programme, teachers of the course joined with them to explore wonder of spirituality. 

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PGIPBS Arrives USA

Venerable Professor Kotapitiye Rahula thero, Director of the Institute and Prof. Raluwe Padmasiri made an inspective visit to US Zen Institute of Maryland, United State of America, from October 09th to 18, 2018. The objective of the visit was to investigate the strength of the US Zen Institute to run as an affiliated Institute of PGIPBS. Venerable Dr. Dhammadipa Sak (Shin Nam Sak), Director, and members of the Administrative bodies of US Zen Institute welcome the representatives of PGIPBS and a constructive and in-depth round of discussion were held on the drafted agreement that is scheduled to be sign after the approval of Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The objectives of this affiliation are: to exchange of students for study and research at both Institutes; exchange of professors, scholars, and administrators through mutual progress; exchange of information and publication on education and research and to implementation of cooperative education and research. Success of this project would lead for the growth of the two institutes and to expand the horizons of Pali and Buddhist Studies. 

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