Religious Instructors

From the start of the school there has been servicing Buddhist Monks as the teachers of the school. In early days they were known as “Dharmadyaksha”. Some of these monks served as voluntary teachers such as Ven. Heenatiyana Dhammaloka Mahanayake Thera, Ven. Kotmale Amarawansa Thera etc. these Buddhist Monks also served as the instructors of the NCBA. The consequence of the Religious instructors should as follows.

PS-Other Noble teachers are named in another page

1. Ven. Balangoda Ananda Mayithreeya Mahanayake Thera
(1896-1998)
Mahanayake Of Amarapura Siri saddammawansa Nikaya, President of Amarapura Maha Sanga sabha, Vice Chancellor of Vidyodaya University, Professor of Buddhism, ‘Thripitaka Vaagishwaracharya Pravachana Visharada Raajakeeya Panditha’, ‘Saahithyasuuri’, ‘Saahithya Chakrawarthi’,
Agga Maha Pandita,Abidhadja Maharattaguru,Most Ven.Balangoda Ananda Mayithreeya Mahanayake TheroVen. Ananda Maitheeya thero gave the name(Nalanda Vidyalaya) & motto(Apadana Sobhini Panna-Character illuminates Wisdom-quotation from Bala waggaya,Thika Nipathaya,Anguttara Nikaya,Sutra Pitakaya) to the school at the inception moment. 
2. Ven. Polwatte Buddhadatta Mahanayake Thera
(1887-1962)
Mahanayake of Amarapura Kalyanawansa Maha Nikaya,Professor of Buddhist Philosophy in Vidyalankara University,’Saahithya Keerthi’,'saahithya Chakrawarthi’
Agga Maha PandithaMost Ven. Polwatte Buddhadaththa Mahanayake Thero
(The 1st Sri Lankan monk who was awarded as the “Agga Maha Panditha” by Burma {Myanmar})
Wrote hundreds of books on Pali language
3. Ven. Kirulapane Vimala Mahanayake Thera
Mahanayake of Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dharma maha sanga Sabhawa of “Syamopali Maha Nikaya”
4. Ven. Heenatiyana Dhammaloka Mahanayake Thera
(1900-1981)Mahahayake of Amarapura Maha Nikaya(Ambagahapitiya chapter), ‘Thripitaka Vaagishwaracharya’, ‘Maha Mahopaadyaya’, ‘Saddhamma Keerthi Sri’
Most Ven. Heenatiyana Dhammaloka Mahanayake TheroFounder Of The “Buddhist Dharmadootha Sabha”,The Root of the Nalanda College Buddhist Society
Premier Founder Of The Nalanda Maha Vidyalaya,Minuwangoda
5. Ven. Thelwatte Kalyanawansa Thera
 Secretary -Amarapura Kalyanawansa Maha Nikaya
6. Ven. Thalpawila Seelawansa Thera
7. Ven. Gintota Bharadvaja TheraAnunayake (2nd High monk) of Amarapura Kalyanawansa Maha Nikaya
8. Ven. Vilmune Dhammakitti Thera
 Anunayake of Asgiri Vihara Chapter,Syamopali Maha Nikaya
9. .Ven. Prof. Parawahera Wajiragnana Thera
 President of Sri Lanka Maha Bodhi SocietyPioneer Of Vidyodhaya University(Present-Sri Jayawardenapura University)
10. Ven. S.Mahinda Thera(Tybet Jathika)
(1901-1951)
A National Hero
Served as a Teacher of Nalanda College from 1934-1936
11. Ven. Kalalelle Ananda Sagara Thera (Keyas)
(1910-1962)
Lay-Sagara Palansooriya (Well known Sinhala Poet)
12. Ven. Devundara Vachissara Thera
 Gangaramaya,Hunupitiya,Colombo 02
13. Ven. Narada Maha Thera (Wajiraramadhipathi)
The books which were written by Narada Thera

  • The Buddha and his Teachings
  • Buddhism in a Nutshell
  • The Buddhist Doctrine of Kamma and Rebirth
  • A Manual of Abhidhamma
  • An Elementary Pali Course
  • Life of Venerable Sariputta
  • Everyman’s Ethics
  • Facts of Life
  • Dhammapada, Pali text and translation
  • The Way to Nibbana
  • The Mirror of the Dhamma: a manual of Buddhist recitations and devotional texts
  • An Outline of Buddhism
  • The Life of Buddha, in his own words
14. Ven. Hettimulle Wajirabuddi Thera
15. Ven. Hisselle Gnanawimala Thera
16. Ven. Kotmale Amarawansa Thera
17. Ven. Rahula Gnanaransi Thera
18. Ven. Kokmaduwe Gunasiri Thera
19. Ven. Vitiyala Tissa Thera
20. Ven. Ahangama Dhammarama Thera
21. Ven. Veihene Pannaloka Thera
22. Ven. Poonahela Saddananda Thera
 Chief Sanga Nayake of Pahala Dolospaththuwa
23. Ven. Madithiyawela Saranapala Thera
 
24. Ven. Navinne Sugunadhamma Thera
Deputy Head master of Vidyalankara Pirivena,Peliyagoda
25. Ven. Udupihille Wimalabuddhi Thera
26. Ven. Gammeddegoda Amarasiri Thera
27. Ven. Vathawana Sirisumana Thera
28. Ven. Hanguranketha Chandrarathana Thera
29. Ven. Bope Indrajothi Thera
 Assistant Principal of Advanced Level Commerce/Art sectionsMember of the G.C.E.O/L Sinhala Literature text book writing panel
30. Ven. Karavita Sujatha Thera
31. Ven. Elikewela Seelananda Thera
 Chief Sanga Nayake of Colombo & Kalutara Devisions
32. Ven. Lelwala Samitha Thera
33. Ven. Legumdeniye Sunanda Thera
Present Religious Instructors
Right to Left-Ven. Elikewela Seelananda Thera , Ven. Vathawana Sirisumana Thera , Ven. Bope Indrajothi Thera , Ven. Lelwala Samitha Thera , Ven. Legumdeniye Sunanda Thera

Note: The above list may be not 100% correct. Sometimes there are newspapers articles on prelate’s biographies say their speaker prelate has served to the Nalanda as a religious instructor.
Ex-Ven.Meeriyabedde Upananda Thero-Present head prelate (Mahanayake) of Uva Chapter of Amarapura Maha Nikaya

Other Noble Teachers

The above list was taken from “Nalanda-1999” magazine

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