Mitirigala Dhammavasa Maha Thero

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Young age[edit]

Ven. Mithirigala Dhammavasa Maha Thero was the third chief monk of the Mitirigala Nissarana Vanaya of Sri Kalyani Yogasrama Samstha of Sri Lanka Ramanna Maha Nikaya. As he passed away, he had been living in the Mitirigala forest for over forty years, as the eldest living student of Matara Sri Nanarama Maha Thera.

Born in 1931, Ven. Dhammavasa Thero was a person who had longed to understand Nibbana from the time he was a child. After compassionate age, he sought out a teacher who could teach what he wanted to become a true Bhikkhu. But he met a true teacher at some point. Everywhere he went, he lost his hopes.

By the time he was about thirty, he kept a firm determination to take up the ordination at Nissarana Vanaya, Mitirigala. His motive was to give up all worldly desires. Day after day, the thought of giving up was powerful in his mind. His enthusiasm for liberation, had been very strong, after he came to the Nissarana Vanaya,.

Meeting the right teacher[edit]

Dhammavasa Thero recalled the moment he met his teacher as turning point of his life. At the first time he came to the forest of Mitirigala Nissarana Vanaya, observed the eight precepts (attangha uposatha sila) and headed towards the lord's (chief monk's) cottage (kuti). After seeing the great Lord, he worshiped and sat at his bed. At the time, chief monk Nanarama Maha Thero had been sitting on his own bed preparing his bag for an outing.

The Maha Thero saw the arrival of this youthful attendant, but he did not speak any words, and they remained silent for a few minutes. Later, after looking at the eyes of the guest, he asked why he had arrived. "Lord, I want to be ordained, but no one can help, I have met many, but my teacher could not be found," the young man answered. The Maha Thero who heard this mild plea told "We are here for that. We've all been together in the Samsara. ".

From then on, The great meditation master Matara Sri Nanarama Maha Thero who developed the "Nissarana Vanaya Meditation System" became his teacher. He received a suitable place for meditation training with a consultant. In 1971, he was ordained at the Nissarana Vanaya as "Mithirigala Dhammavasa".

The fruits of the effort[edit]

Dhammavasa Thero was a very enthusiastic student. He suffered immense hardships by his overwhelming efforts, dedication and determination when he was limiting his food and sleep. He was sick when he was exhausted.

He recalled once about his most important moment in his life; "When I remember that I had done what the Lord Buddha asked to do, I am very happy".

When Mitirigala Dhammavasa Maha Thero passed away as a result of a sudden stomach cancer in January 2015, he had been living alone in the forest of Mitirigala for over 40 years.

Fellow Monks (Sabrahmacharis)[edit]

The famous writer Venerable Katukurunde Nanananda Maha Thero, the exceptional Mindfulness practitioner Venerable Na Uyane Ariyadhamma Maha Thero and the famous meditation master Udairiyagama Dhammajiva Maha Thero[1] and many other great monks have lived with him at Nissarana Vanaya[2] as disciples of Matara Nanarama Maha Thero[3].

External References[edit]

  1. ^ Most Venerable Udairiyagama Dhammajiva Maha Thero
  2. ^ Nissarana Vanaya Official Web Site
  3. ^ "Most Venerable Matara Sri Nanarama Maha Thero".