Bhante was born in Sri Lanka and received his Buddhist ordination at the age of 13. In 1973, Bhante left Sri Lanka for ‘Dhammaduta’ activities (i.e. to make available the Buddha’s teachings) in Singapore at the invitation of Ven. M. Mahavihara. In 2003,Bhante obtained his Master of Philosophy Degree from Kelaniya University, Sri Lanka.
In 1999, Bhante founded a meditation retreat centre, the Paramita International Buddhist Centre, located at Kadugannawa, Sri Lanka with the assistance of Buddhist devotees from Singapore.
Bhante is concurrently the present chief incumbent of Bellanwila Rajamaha, a well-established Buddhist temple located close to Colombo in Sri Lanka.
Venerable Chun Hui graduated with a BA degree in Arts and Social Science in NUS in 1993. Thereafter she worked as a school teacher for 3 years before she took up the robes as a Buddhist nun in 1997. After her higher ordination in Taiwan, she went to Sri Lanka in 1998 and 1999 to further her studies in Buddhism. Venerable is a resident nun at Pao Kwan Foh Tang and she presently conducts English Buddhism courses at Phor Kark See Monastery and Hua Giam Si.
Venerable Cittara was born in 1969 in Myanmar or known as Burma. He became a novice at the age of 15 and was ordained to be a monk at the age of 20. To further qualify him in religous studies, venerable took a Religous Examination when he was 24 years old. Then, he went to the forest to practice for 3 years. 3 Years ago, venerable came to Singapore and currently he is residing in Mangala Vihara Buddhist Temple. For the meditation pracitce, venerable adopts the Mahasi Technique and practises under the Mahasi Meditation Centre.
Venerable Gyurme has taught introductory and basic Buddhist courses at Amitabha Buddhist Centre since 2005. He also serves as the centre’s Spiritual Programme Coordinator and Tibetan language interpreter, having trained in the FPMT Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program in Dharamsala, India. Venerable Gyurme received monastic ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1999, shortly after graduating from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
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