Sri Lanka: Ven.Dr.Hammalawa Saddhatissa Nayaka Thero (1914-1990) Commemoration Day

It was a time of much interest in the teaching of Buddhism in the West, as a philosophy of life, answering the needs of living in a highly industrial society. Sri Lanka honoured the work of Ven. Dr.Hammalawa Saddhatissa, former Sangha Nayaka of UK and Europe by the issue of a Postal Stamp on 22 March 2005.


by Our London Correspondent

( February 19, 2017, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) Ven.H.Saddhatissa Nayaka Thero,M.A.,Ph.D, D.Lit was one of the foremost Buddhist missionaries from Sri Lanka to United Kingdom. He came to London in 1957 being appointed as Head of the London Buddhist Vihara, the only Theravada Centre in UK and Europe by the Mahabodhi Society, a post he held until his retirement in 1985.

Hammalawa Saddhatissa Nayaka Maha Thero Stamp

After the passing away of Ven.Dr.Hammalawa Saddhatissa Thero in 1990 his closest follower Ven. Galayaye Piyadassi, Head of Vihara, Kingsbury, London named this centre as Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre in his honour and to perpetuate the memory of this great Buddhist pioneer who had previously served at the Ceylon Mahabodhi Society Centre in Calcutta in 1941 and later in Varanasi and continued the work initiated by the Late Anagarika Dharmapla in India.

Ven. Dr.Hammalawa Saddatissa Nayaka Thero was Professor of Pali and Buddhism at Benares University, Professor at the University of Toronto, Lecturer at the University of London and Visiting Lecturer at Oxford. He was the author of numerous publications, the best known of which are “Buddhist Ethics,” “The Buddha’s Way” and
“The Life of the Buddha.” The Nayaka Thero was also renowned for his translation of Sanskrit and Pali works into English which was a bonus for Buddhists in the West.

It was a time of much interest in the teaching of Buddhism in the West, as a philosophy of life, answering the needs of living in a highly industrial society. Sri Lanka honoured the work of Ven. Dr.Hammalawa Saddhatissa, former Sangha Nayaka of UK and Europe by the issue of a Postal Stamp on 22 March 2005.

On the 27th Anniversary of the passing of Dr.Hammalawa Saddhatissa, Sri Lankans and followers of the Late Nayaka Thero assembled at Kingsbury Vihara, London NW9 9PE for an All-Night Paritta Chanting and Dana Ceremony at 7 p.m. on 18 February 2017 until 7 a.m. 19 February for Buddha Puja and Vandana with offerings to the Maha Sangha.

This is an annual calendar event of the Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre and attracts a very large gathering – a Commemoration to a great Sri Lankan Buddhist Teacher, a missionary to the West.

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