Mahamevnawa Bhavana Monastery

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Mahamevnawa Bhavana Monastery


Tradition/Linage Sri Lanka
Main School Theravada
Founded 1999/08/14
Founder(s) Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero
Contact Infotmation
Address 105 Wisemans Ferry Road
New South Wales 2756
Country Australia
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Phone 04 8746 9962
Mobile 02 4572 8872

About Us


Mahamevnawa is an organization of monasteries established for the sake of spiritual development of human beings through the teachings of the Sakyamuni Buddha who was born in 500 B.C. Our only wish is to give you spiritual help in order to make your mind pure which is useful for the realization of Nibbana: the unbounded liberation. Now we have already established over 35 branch monasteries to give you a more space to practice spiritual life. In this purpose, there are thousands of people who have joined with us to practice this joyful spiritual life together. Now, we have spent 10 years with you, with our pure service. Dear friends, we invite you to taste a drop of our service with us happily.

The beginning of the Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery

With a genuine intention of hoping ‘to create a group of people who would brighten the Order of the Gautama Buddha’ the meritorious premises named ‘the Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery’ was originated for the wellbeing of both human and deity worlds since the foundation stone was laid by the hands of Most Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero on August 14th, 1999. The Mahamevnawa became one of the famous Buddhist monasteries in Sri Lanka and as well as in other countries around the world, only within twelve years of short time period since the monastery was started.

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Mahamevnawa-pawidi pin kama

The ‘dissemination of the Dhamma’ started by the founder of the Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery, Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero, with his thirty years of experience as a Buddhist monk was wide spread throughout the country in a very short period of time. As a result of describing the Buddha’s Dhamma in a comprehensible language pattern, devotees of all ages started to join Venerable Thero’s meditation programs. Because of his talent in presenting the meditations in a way so that one’s mind will get easily surrendered, these programs became accommodating for many people who were looking for meditation classes. Activated by His innovating style of presenting the Dhamma to elevate the faith towards the Buddha, humans’ hearts started to open to perceive the taste of the contents in the discourses that have been preached by the Gautama Buddha. Specially, the effort to bring the Tripitaka Dhamma to the devotees in its original form was the distinguishing quality of the Mahamevnawa. Consequently, a collection of young people who listen to the Dhamma and practice meditation was created around the world. More people who are fond of the Dhamma and observing virtue were also formed. Together with these two groups, another group of elderly people was also formed to practice the Dhamma with an aim of realizing the Four Noble Truths revealed to the world by the Supreme Buddha.

Presently, there are more than 600 young disciple Bhikkhus, more than 75 young disciple Bhikkhunis, hundreds of thousands of lay disciples, and more than 40 local and foreign branches of the monastery were created in twelve years of short time period as a result of this effort.