Oct 28, 2021

Ven. Kusala Dhamma Thera's final rites on Sunday (Update)

The final rites of Ven Walamitiyawe Kusala Dhamma Thero will be held on Sunday (31) at the Independence Square under State Patronage.
The Thera passed away at a private hospital after being treated for over a month.

(Previous News , 2021 October 28,09:31 a.m. )

Ven. Welamitiyawe Kusala Dhamma Thero passed away!

Chancellor of the Kelaniya University - Ven. Welamitiyawe Dharmakirthi Sri Kusala Dhamma Nayaka Thero has passed away today (28).

The Thera, who was also the Chief Prelate of the Colombo and Chilaw Division of the Malwathu Maha Vihara Chapter and the Director of the Vidyalankara Pirivena in Peliyagoda, had passed away while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo at the age of 84.

The Thera, who bore titles such as Thripitaka Wagishwachaarya, Saahithya Visharada, Dharshana Visharada, Aggamaha Saddhammajothika Dhaja and Pandith, was one of the most revered monks in recent times for his services not only to the Buddha Sasana but also to the field of academics.

Born on 20 February 1937 in the village of Welamitiyawa in the Dambadeniya Udukaha North Korale in Devamedi Hathpattu, Kurunegala as Palihawadana Arachchilage Tikiri Bandara, Ven. Kusaladhamma Thero received his Upasampada and obtained an honorary degree in Sinhala from Vidyalankara University in the early 60's. He then started the Dharmashastra service at the Vidyalankara Pirivena in Pannipitiya.

It has been a custom in the life of the Thera to pay homage to the Sri Maha Bodhiya in Anuradhapura every month.

Details of the final rites of Ven. Kusal Dhamma Thero is expected to be announced later today.