Miriswatte Wimalanana Thero

Personal Information

 

I was born in a small Village in Ampara, a District in the eastern part of Sri Lanka. After a period of six-year school education, I entered Buddhasasana in 1989. I undertook traditional monastic training as a novice and Pirivena education at Vidyananda Pirivena, Ampara. Later, I came to live in Kandy and I studied at Sangharaja Pirivena, Kandy (for two years) and Dharmodaya Pirivena Hanguranketha (up to the university entrance).

 

In 2005, I received my BA Special Degree in Buddhist Studies with First Class Honorsfrom the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Peradeniya, and in 2011, I received my Mphil Degree in Buddhist Studies from the same university. Immediately after the completion of degree requirements in 2005, I was recruited an Assistant Lecturer to teach in the undergraduate programme in Buddhist studies of the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies of University of Peradeniya.

 

Before I was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies of University of Kelaniya, I had been working as a Lecturer in the Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. I am much pleased that, apart from academic matters, I have immensely contributed Universities that had been working in, in varieties of administrative and extra-academic affairs.

 

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  • University of Peradeniya
    Master of Philosophy in Buddhist Studies (2011)
    Bachelor of (Four Year Special) Arts Degree (2005- with First Class Honors in Buddhist Studies)
  • Sri Lanka Oriental Studies Society
    Royal Pandit Degree (2003, in Sinhala, Pali and Sanskrit Languages, this degree is recognized as equal to the BA in a National University)

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{slide=Professional Qualifications}

 

  1. Senior Lecturer (Grade II) of the Department of Buddhist Culture of the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies of the University of Kelaniya with effect from July 31, 2012.
  2. Lecturer in Buddhist Civilization in the Department of Buddhist Studies of the Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University, Sri Lanka with effect from March 21,  2007 up to 31 July 2012
  3. Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies of University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka with effect from December 01, 2005 up to 21st March2007
  4. Member of the Faculty Board of Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya with effect from July 31st 2012 to present
  5. Committee Member of the Organizing Committee of the 5th International Conference of Sri Lanka Association of Buddhist Studies held September 2013 in Colombo
  6. Convener of the Buddhism and Science Discussion Group of the Royal Asiatic Society, Sri Lanka with effect from  February 2013
  7. Member of the Publication-Committee of the Royal Asiatic Society, Sri Lanka with effect from  February 2013
  8. Council Member of the Royal Asiatic Society, Sri Lanka with effect from  February 2013
  9. Member of the Faculty-Board of Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya with effect from July 31, 2012.
  10. Invited author for Sinhalese Encyclopaedia Published by the Government of Sri Lanka (for the 13th Volume of it).
  11. Overall-Coordinator of the International Buddhist Conference with the theme Millennium Challenges for Buddhism organized by and held at Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University, Sri Lanka in February, 17-19 2012
  12. Warden of the Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University with effect from June 02, 2011 up to 30th July 2012
  13. Editor of the annual Literary Journal ‘Pravachana’ of the Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University with effect from February 09, 2011 for the academic year 2011
  14. Visiting Instructor in English- External English Course conducted by the Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University for the Academic Year 2010/2011 (Subject: Buddhist Literature)
  15. Hon. Treasurer of the Teachers’ Association of the Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University, Sri Lanka for the academic year 2010/2011
  16. A member of the committee to prepare a set of Programmes on behalf of the Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University to mark  2600th Buddhajayanti appointed by the Vice-Chancellor on May 05, 2010
  17. The Coordinator of the  Academic staff Development program with effect from March 01, 2010 for two years
  18. An Editor of the Newsletter of the Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University with effect from August 03, 2009 up to date
  19. The Coordinator of the Affiliated Colleges and oversees program with effect from July 03, 2009
  20. The Coordinator of The Diploma in Buddhist Studies of the Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University with effect from November 10, 2008 up to date
  21. Department in Charge of the Department of Buddhist Studies of the Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University for a period of one year from August 14, 2008
  22. An Editor of the Newsletter of the Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University with effect from August 16, 2007
  23. The Coordinator on behalf of the Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University for the 3rd International Buddhist Conference of Sri Lanka Association for Buddhist Studies held in December, 2008 at the Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University
  24. Conference Secretary of the 3rd International Buddhist Conference of Sri Lanka Association for Buddhist Studies held in December, 2008 at the Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University
  25. President of the Pali and Buddhist Studies Association  of the University of Peradeniya for the Academic Year 2003/2004
  26. Secretary of the Pali and Buddhist Studies Association  of the University of Peradeniya for the Academic Year 2002/2003

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  1. Not a Change of the Techniques but the Application of Appropriate Meditation: A Study of Samatha-Vipassanā as Parts of the Process to Progress Buddhist Mental Culture of Meditation’, Vidyodya Journal of Buddhist Studies (2012, Vol. 1), Published by the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  2. 'Temple Painters in the Kandian Period’, Journal of the Postgraduate Institute of Pali And Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya, 2007.

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  1. Development of Sarvastivada Abhidharma Literature to be Published in Palipana Sri Chandrananda Nayaka Thera Felicitation Volume (Chief Editor: Ven. Dr. Godagama Mangala)
  2. Jeyyasūra (A 19the Century Burmese Pali scholar) to be published in the Sinhalese Encylopeadia (Volume 13) Published by the Government of Sri Lanka (Chief Editor: Prof. K.N.O. Dharmadasa)
  3. Trenckner (Beginner of the Critical Pali Dictionary)  to be published in the Sinhalese Encylopeadia (Volume 13) Published by the Government of Sri Lanka (Chief Editor: Prof. K.N.O. Dharmadasa)
  4. Tengyur (Second Part of Tibetan Canon) to be published in the Sinhalese Encylopeadia (Volume 13) Published by the Government of Sri Lanka (Chief Editor: Prof. K.N.O. Dharmadasa)
  5. An Analysis of Unwholesome Thought (in Sinhala) to be published in the Journal of the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya. (Chief Editor- Dr. Wasantha Priyadarshana)
  6. Arahant Mahinda- Redactor of Buddhapūjāva in Sinhala Buddhism (With Pali Text, Translation and Analysis) (Book Review)  for Journal for Buddhist Ethics, Western Illinois University (Review Editor- Dr. Sarah Haynes)

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  1. A Comparative Study of Thai and Sri Lankan Buddhist Mural Paintings, the thesis submitted to the University of Peradeniya as a part of  the Master of Philosophy Degree
  2. In what sense are the paintings of Nayakkar Dynasty a New Tradition?, the dissertation submitted to the University of Peradeniya as a part of Bachelor of Arts Degree (2005)

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  1. Foreign Scholars who Contributed to Pali Literature(in Sinhala), Buddhist Publication Society, 2012
  2. Degaldoruwa Rajamaha Viharaya in the Past, Present and its Art-works (in Sinhala), Godage International Publishers, 2010

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(In English)

 

  1. ‘Styles and Compositions in Indian Classical Painting Art and their Influence on Sri Lankan Mural Art’ A Felicitation Volume in Honour of Venerable Pategama Gnanarama Maha Thera(Ed. Ven. Dr. R. Chandwimala Thero and Prof. Chandima Wijebandara),  Ti-Sarana Buddhist Association: Singapore, 2011.
  2. Dimensions of Mental Culture (Bhavana) in Buddhist Visual Arts’, Pravacana Sastriya Sangrahaya (Annual Academic Journal of the Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University), The Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University. 2007.
  3. ‘Nagarjuna’s Incompatibility with Early Buddhist Experiential Knowledge’, Saragavesi, The Journal of Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies: University of Peradeniya, 2007.
  4. Concept of Salvation in Major Religions in India, Felicitation Volume of Tibbatuwawe Sri Sobhita Nahimi, 2006
  5. ‘Personality Concept Of Buddhism From a Psychological Point of View’, Saragavesi, The Department of Buddhist Studies: University of Peradeniya, 2005.

 

(In Sinhala)

 

  1. 'A Brief Introduction to Karamasthana in terms of Anapanasati, Sri Nandanjali, Malegoda Nanda Felicitation Volume, 2011
  2. 'An Analysis of Knowledge and Ethical Concepts of Nirvana on the Basis of Interpretation of Venerable Sariputta of Wisdom, Niravana, Essays in Honor of Ven. Kotiyagala Chandananda, 2011.
  3. 'A Concise Elaboration on the Spread of Buddhism in South India' Sadhanappasada Literary Symposium to commemorate 150 anniversary of the Sri Purvarama Mahavihara, Waradiwela (Ed. Miriswaththe Wimalagnana and Medagampitiye Wijitha Dhamma), 2011.
  4. Buddhist Visual Arts and Rituals’ Bibiladeniya Sri Maliyadeva Sastriya Sangrahaya(Ed. Ven. Dr. Medagampitiye Wijitha Dhamma  and Ven. Devehandiye Saddhananda), 2011.
  5. The Early History of Theravada Buddhism in Thailand, Samarcana, Vacissara Nahimi Felicitation Volume, 2010.
  6. ‘The Beginnings and the Spread of Indian Buddhist Paintings’, Abhimani Sastriya Sangrahaya, Ruhuna Academic Circle, 2009.
  7. ‘Unidentified Jataka Paintings of Degaldoruwa Rajamaha Viharaya’, Sarathi Sarasangrahaya (Annual Symposium), the Department of Cultural Affairs of the Central Province Provincial Council, 2009.
  8. 'A Note on the Measures that Can be followed for a Qualitative Development of Sri Lankan Buddhist Order, Pujaprasadini, Sri Saranankara Vemaladhamma Felicitation Volume, 2009.
  9. ‘Sarvastivadin’s Elaboration of Form and its Logical Errors’, Journal of The Sri Lanka Oriental Studies Society, 2007-2008
  10. 'A Study of Classification of the Word of the Buddha in Suttapitaka', Vidasuna, The Felicitation Volume for Most Ven. Nandasara, 2006.

 

(In Pali)

 

  1. ‘Sovaṇṇamāli Mahāthūpassa Dhātugabbantare Cittakammāni: Vaṃsakathāpavatthīnaṃ Micchāvabodhanaṃ’ Anudipana: Felicitation Volume for Ven. K. Dhammarakkhita Nayaka Thera (Ed. Ven. W. Soratha), 2011.
  2. ‘Kasmā Pali Aṭṭhakathā Sampādane Mahāvihāre Bhikkhū Buddhaghosaṃ Yojesuṃ’ Buddhism Contemporary Studies:  Selected Papers from the 3rd International Conference(Ed. Sanath Nanayakkara and Russel Bowden), Sri Lanka Association of Buddhist Studies, 2010.
  3. ‘Visuddhimagge Asubhakammaṭṭhānaniddese Takkika-Vyākūlatā’, Carana (Second Volume), Bhiksu Sangamaya of the University of Sri Jayawardenepura, 2009

 

 

 

Book Review

 

  1. Theravada Buddhism: The View of the Elders by Prof. Asanga Tilakaratne (Book Review for Vijjāvimutti, Academic Volume of Buddhist and Pali College, Singapore- 2013 (Chief Editor- Ven. Dr. R. Chandawimala)

 

Editorial Works

 

  1. Sadhanappasada Literary Symposium to commemorate 150 anniversary of the Sri Purvarama Mahavihara, Waradiwela, 2011.
  2. Darsana Adhyaya (Philosophy Studies) Literary Symposium in Honor of Venerable Homagama Dhammananda, 2011. (Together With Ven. Dr. Medagampitiye Wijitha Dhamma)
  3. Vibhuti’ Sri Wimalabuddhi Sastriya Sangrahaya, 2005 (‘Vibhuti’ Sri Wimalabuddhi Literary Symposium 2005) for Sri Dmagolla Maha Pirivena, Kandy (Together with another two)

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(in English)

 

  1. ‘Search for Foundations of Buddhist Culture by Redefining Kālāmasutta for Justification of Emergence of Mahayana’ presented to the 5th International Buddhist Conference Sri Lanka Association of Buddhist Studies, held in September 2013, in Colombo.
  2. ‘Tapassu and Bhallika’s Meeting of the Buddha Represented by Classical Buddhist Artists of Ancient Sri Lanka’ presented to the International Conference on Buddhist Heritage of Odisha organized by Department of Tourism and Culture, Government of Odisha held in February 2013 at Udayagiri, Odisha.
  3. ‘Early Buddhist Terminology to Express Existence’ presented to the 6th Research Conference of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka held in March, 2013 at Royal Asiatic Society, Colombo.
  4. 'An Attempt for an Unambiguous Interpretation of Samatha-vipassana Application' presented at the International Buddhist Conference with the theme Millennium Challenges for Buddhism organized by and held at Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University, Sri Lanka in February 2012.
  5. 'Can Samatha and Vipassana be Developed Independently on Different Subjects of Meditation from the beginning of the Practice?' presented to the 7th Annual National Conference on Buddhist Studies organized by The Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies,  University of Sri Jayawardenapura and The Buddhist Times Trust held on the 17th and 18th December at Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayawardenapura.
  6. 'The More There Is Clarity the More There Confidence Is:  A New Interpretation of Buddhist Practice of Meditation' presented to the International Conference on Psychology and Allied Professions held from 5th to 8th December 2011 at Galadari Hotel Colombo.
  7. Can Buddhism Claim an Empirical Basis of Intellectual Growth for Liberation? An Epistemological Study presented to the 4th International Buddhist Conference of Sri Lanka Association for Buddhist Studies held in December, 2010 at the Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy, Sri Lanka
  8. ‘Thai Art of Painting with and without Sri Lankan Influences’, presented to the 12th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies organized by Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka and The Open University of Sri Lanka, held in March 2010 at The Open University of Sri Lanka
  9. Relic Chamber paintings of Ruwanweliseya: A Misinterpretation of Chronicle Accounts’ presented to the 5th National Conference on Buddhist Studies organized by Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Sri Jayawardenepura in association with The Buddhist Times Trust held in November, 2009 at All Ceylon Buddhist Congress
  10. ‘The Nature of Evolution of Thai and  Sri Lankan Buddhist Mural Paintings: a Historical and Comparative Approach’, presented to the Research Seminar on Buddhism held in January, 2009 at Research Institute of Mahachulalonglorn Rajavidyalaya University, Ayutthaya, Thailand
  11. ‘Some Proposals for reinforcement of Modern Buddhist Art’ presented to the Third International Buddhist Conference of Sri Lanka Association for Buddhist Studies held in December, 2008 at the Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University, Sri Lanka
  12. A research paper presentation on ‘Logical Confusions of Asubhakammaṭṭhāna of the Visuddhimagga’ (in Sinhala) conducted for the Monthly Academic Seminar Programme conducted by the Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University on May 28th 2008
  13. ‘Role of Mulachariya in Buddhist Art and Royal Court’, presented to the Second International Conference of Sri Lanka Association for Buddhist Studies held in November, 2006 at the University of Peradeniya
  14. Nagarjuna on Empirical Knowledge: A Study of the Mulamadhyamika karika, presented to the Peradeniya University Research Sessions (purse) 2006 held  in November, 2006 held at University of Peradeniya
  15. ‘Decorative Art and the Independence of the Kandian Period Temple Painter’ presented to the Postgraduate Research Symposium 2007 held in February, 2007  at the Faculty of Arts University of Peradeniya

 

(In Pali)

 

  1. ‘Sogata-sabbhatāya Mūlapatiṭṭhā Paridīpane Kālāmasuttassa Mahattṃ’ (Significance of the Kālāmasutta to identify elements of Buddhist Culture) presented to the International Buddhist Conference held in August, 2013 at Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy (SIBA) Kandy, Sri Lanka.
  2. ‘Ānāpānasatiyā Kathaṃ Vipassanā hoti? Ānāpānasatiyā Vipassanā Paṭilābhe Avisuddhaṃ Visuddhattāya’ (How does Vipassanā arise in meditation on respiration? For the purpose of clearing the vague) presented to the 2nd Buddhist Meditation Seminar held in January, 2013 at International Buddhist Meditation Centre Mahachulalogkorrajavidyalaya University, Thailand.
  3. ‘Kathaṃ Paṭisambhidāmaggo Abhidhamma Saṅgaho vā no vā?’ (How Paṭisambhidāmagga is or is not an Ābhidhammic Text?) presented to the First National Conference held in August, 2012 at Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka.
  4. ‘Kasmā Pali Aṭṭhakathā Sampādane Mahāvihāre Bhikkhū Buddhaghosaṃ Yojesuṃ’ (Reason why Buddhighosa was employed in composing Pali commentaries) presented to the 3rd International Buddhist Research Seminar held in January 2011 at Buddhist Research Institute, Ayutthaya, Thailand
  5. ‘Sovaṇṇamāli Mahāthūpassa Dhātugabbantare Cittakammāni: Vamsakathapavatthinam Micchavabodhanam’ (Relic-chamber paintings of Rewanweliseya: Misinterpretation of chronicle account) presented to the 2nd International Buddhist Research Seminar held in January 2010 at Buddhist Research Institute, Ayutthaya, Thailand
  6. ‘Lankayaṃ Buddhasāsane Unnatiyā Bhikkhu-samāje Akassanaṃ patiṭṭhāpane Yojanā’ presented to the 1st International Pali Conference held in October, 2009 at Mahamakut Budddhist University, Thailand
  7. ‘Visuddhimagge Asubhakammaṭṭhananiddese Takkika-vyākūlatā’ (Logical Errors in the Asubhakammatthana of the Visuddhimagga) presented to the 2nd Biannual Conference of The Association of Theravada Buddhist Universities held in March, 2009 in Sagaing, Myanmar

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  1. Chair in one session in the 9th National Conference organized by Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies and The Buddhist Times Trust held on the 13th-14th December 2013 at Royal Asiatic Society- Sri Lanka Branch
  2. Chair in one session in the 8th National Conference organized by Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies and The Buddhist Times Trust held on the 21st-22nd December 2013 at The Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayawardenapura.
  3. Co-Chair in a session from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm of the International Conference on Psychology and Allied Professions held from 5th to 8th December 2011 at Galadari Hotel Colombo.
  4. Moderator in a Panal in Pali medium of the 3rd International Buddhist Research Seminar held in January 2010 at Buddhist Research Institute, Ayutthaya, Thailand
  5. Moderator in a Panal in Pali medium of the 4rd International Buddhist Research Seminar held in January 2011 at Buddhist Research Institute, Ayutthaya, Thailand

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  1. Aesthetic Theory of Buddhism
  2. Paramattha in relation to Emptiness in the Mulamadhyamikakarika

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