August 31 marks the fourth death anniversary of the Venerable Dr Kirinde Sri Dhammananda, the Sri Lankan-born Buddhist Scholar monk who was the foremost Theravada Buddhist Bhikku in Malaysia and Singapore. His many books contributed greatly to introducing Buddhism to many English-speakers in Southeast Asia and beyond.
Born on March 18, 1919, Martin Gamage in Kirinde, Matara, Ven Dhammananda was ordained at the age of 12. After completing his studies in 1938, he entered Vidyalankara Pirivena, in Peliyagoda, Kelaniya, for the next seven years, Venerable Dhammananda attended a diploma program at the Vidyalankara Pirivena where he studied Sanskrit, Pali Tripitaka Buddhist Philosophy, besides other secular subjects.
At age 26 he successfully graduated with a Diploma in Linguistics and Pali Tripitaka. His seven years of intensive learning and training in monastic discipline from 1939-1945 at the Vidyalankara Pirivena provided him the relevant knowledge and skills in the dissemination of the Buddha Dhamma.