About his Early
life: Ven. Nyanananda was born in 1940 to a Buddhist
family in Galle District in Sri Lanka. He received his school
education from Mahinda College, Galle. In 1962 he graduated from
the University of Peradeniya specializing in Pali Studies, and
served as an Assistant Lecturer in Pali at the same University for
a brief period of time. He renounced his post in 1967 to enter the
Order of Buddhist monks under the name Katukurunde Nyanananda in
the forest monastic tradition of Sri Lanka.
About his Monastic life; Ven. Nyanananda
initially ordained at the Island Hermitage. Three other monks were
ordained with him, two of them being Ven. Ñāṇasuci (later Samanera
Bodhesako) and Ven. Ñāṇajivako (Prof. Čedomil Veljačić). After the
Meetirigala Nissarana Vanaya was established by Asoka Weeraratna in
1967 with Ven. Matara Sri Nanarama Mahathera as the abbot and the
meditation master, Ven. Nyanananda moved to that monastery in 1972
and re-ordained under Ven. Nanarama. When Ven. Nanarama Mahathera
died in 1992, Ven. Nyanananda moved to Pothgulgala Aranya, where he
still resides as the abbot. Ven. Nyanananda has continuously
maintained a simple and austere way of practice with a strong
commitment to strict Vinaya standards.
Ven. Nyanananda′s best known works
are "Concept and Reality" in Early Buddhist Thought, published in
1971, and "The Magic of the Mind", published in 1974, both
completed during his stay at the Island Hermitage. His latest major
work is a collection of sermons on Nibbana that was initially
published in Sinhala and later in English translation, titled
Nibbana - The Mind Stilled.
Even though I don't have the
sermons of other Sri Lankan Bhikkus in English I did found the
collection of sermons on "Nibbana - The mind stilled" to share with
you all for your betterment. Hope you can get the best out of these
Listen to sermons >>
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Posted on 29 May 2013 at 10:26 AM
Ven. Katukurunde Nanananda Thero completely changed me and my understanding of Buddhism as I was privileged enough to join Venerable Thero during his visit to India. I can clearly say that that was the turning point for me and I feel that I am in the correct path now and I do understand the gravity & danger we all are facing if we choose to continue in 'Sansara'
Posted on 30 May 2013 at 06:36 AM
Thanks for commenting... Yeah I do agree with you that his preaching are really nice and helpful for the practitioners... That's why I'm sharing those wonderful explanations... May triple gem bless you for the best!
Posted on 25 October 2013 at 10:54 AM
Has any of these sermons done in Sinhala too. I would like to know as there are so many who are seeking for none distorted sinhala sermons.
Posted on 19 November 2013 at 10:16 PM
All dhamma talks given by Nanananda Thero is on the web site SeeingThroughtTheNet .net.
Blessings of the triple Gem
Posted on 23 November 2013 at 03:33 PM
Ayubowan Arosha, These sermons were recorded in Sinhala, and it is called "Nivane Neweema". You can listen to them by visiting:
There are two other sermons called "Pahan Kanuwa" and "Venath Deshana" at:
Hope this helps.
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