Dhamma Sarana Temple

Dhamma Sarana Temple

Venerable Vijitha came to Australia in 1993 and began his work as a monk resident at the at that time Sri Lankan Buddist Temple in Springvale, Victoria, which was transformed into an extremely successful Sri Lankan place of worship during the next six years. Venerable Vijitha moved into the new building in 2001, in Keysborough. He established cordial relations with the majority of other temples in Melbourne and particularly those belonging to those of the Cambodian, Laotian, Burmese and Thai communities, and with Buddhist centres across the country. He has regularly conducted Buddhist ceremonies at Dhammasarana Vihara and was also the one who conducted a profitable Sunday School, which includes two sections: Dhamma and Sinhala Culture and Culture. Sunday school is attended by more than 300 children. His interaction and popularity with children have been remarkable.

In 1999 in 1999, in 1999, the Buddhist Sri Lankan Association acquired the property at present and, under his expert guidance, the construction and creation of Dhammasarana Vihara was accomplished, that now serves a vast Sri Lankan devotee population, whom they are deeply indebted and thankful for his tireless contributions for the local community.

In January 2003, Venerable Vijitha was awarded ‘Siri Vipulasiri Vanshavathansa Buddha Sasana Pradeepayamana Sasan Shobhana SaddhammaKiththissiri’ honorary title by Sri Lanka Ramanna Maha Nikaya for his outstanding Dhammaduta services overseas.

Venerable Vijitha Thera is the recipient of a variety of prizes. Of them, special mention ought to be given to the award of the post of Chief Sanghanayaka in Australia through the name of Ramanna Nikaya. The award’s citation was given at the direction of the revered Wewaldeniye Medhalankara Thero on the 15th of January, 2011.

The Sunday School was founded as Buddhist Studies School (Daham Pasala). It was founded under the patronage of the Buddhist Sri Lankan Association of Victoria (BSAV) in June 1993. It was initially an institution of religious education, Sinhala Language was introduced into the curriculum as a secondary subject in 1997. In 1999 Sinhala Language was added to the curriculum in 1999. Sinhala Language section joined the LOTE (Languages other than English) program that was run under the DET (Department of Education and Training) to provide an understanding of the Sinhala Language as a part of second language learning. It is the Sinhala Language School has become an ethnic school that is sponsored by DET.

Today, Dhamma Sarna Sunday School currently has two sections, Dhamma Section as well as Sinhala Section.


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