Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery

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Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery is an organization of Buddhist monasteries of Sri Lankan origin established to benefit the spiritual development of human beings using the teachings of the Gautama Buddha. Its main monastery is in Polgahawela, Sri Lanka, and Sri Lanka is home to 40 branches of the organization. Overseas branches are in Canada, USA, Australia, UK,[3] Dubai, South Korea, India, Italy, and Germany. And Mahamevnawa is home to more than 700 Buddhist monks.

The founder and the chief Buddhist monk in charge of these monasteries is Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero, who is engaged in spreading Buddhism to both local and international communities, and in highlighting the aim of Buddhism: putting an end to Dukkha (suffering) or attaining Nibbana.

Mahamevnawa monastery for Buddhist Nuns is called Mahamevnawa Anagarika Monastery. Currently there are 6 Anagarika Monasteries of Mahamevnawa. About 100 Buddhists Nuns resident and practice Dhamma there.

Mahamevnawa monasteries promote teaching, discussion and practice of Dhamma in unaltered form, and that the first step towards cessation of suffering is getting to know Buddha's teaching. Mahamevnawa also facilitates the practice of meditation, one of the key tools for improving concentration and wisdom, through cultivating mindfulness (Sathi) as a component of the path to Nibbāna. A key point that Mahmevnawa highlights is that Dhamma not only says that life is suffering, but also shows a proven path to cessation of that suffering.

  • Address: Waduwawa, Yatigaloluwa, Polgahawela Polgahawela North Western 60300 Sri Lanka
  • Tradition: Theravada
  • Phone: 0094372244602
  • Fax: 0094372244602
  • Website:
  • Main Contact: Bhikku Gnanawijaya (Phone: 0094602556316)
  • Teacher: Bhikku Gnanananda
  • Spiritual Director: Bhikkhu Gnanananda