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Today's Dhammapada
Mano Pubbangama Dhamma
Mano Setta Manomaya
Manasace Passannena
Bhasativa Karotiva

Mind precedes all knowables,
mind's their chief, mind-made are they.
If with a clear, and confident mind
one should speak and act
as one's shadow ne'er departing.
Happiness Follows The Doer of Good

Explanation: All that man experiences springs out of his thoughts. If his thoughts are good, the words and the deeds will also be good. The result of good thoughts , words and deeds will be happiness. This happiness will never leave the person whose thoughts are good. Happiness will always follow him like his shadow that never leaves him.
Source: Buddhanet.net

Core of Buddhism - An introduction to Dhamma
Venerable Kirama Wimalajothi Thero is the founder of the Buddhist Cultural Centre. After the dedicated religious service he had provided for the people of Malaysia, Singapore and USA for nearly 20 years, he returned to Sri Lanka to serve the people of his own country.

He started his journey at a small place at, Nadimala, Dehiwala with just a few lay devotees. He went in search of some books on Buddhism and Buddhist Culture etc. To his dismay he found that the books he was looking for were not available at any of the leading bookshops in Sri Lanka. Without resorting to blame others for this pathetic situation he started collecting books on Buddhism and allied subjects.

Buddhist Cultural Centre was established to fill this gap by collecting reading materials etc. for the use of the people of the area as well as in other countries.

BCC was opened on January 2, 1992 under the patronage of Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda, Chief Sanghanayake of Malaysia and Singapore. Most Ven. Aggamahapanditha Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Thero, Most Ven. Madihe pannasiha Maha Thero, Aggamaha Panditha Ven. Dr. Walpola Rahula Thero, many other maha theros, Buddhist Monks, and distinguished Buddhist lay devotees were present at the opening ceremony.

As Sinhalese Dhamma books were out of print at that time, Ven. Wimalajothi Thero also opened a printing press for that purpose in 1995. Also a mobile Buddhist Bookshop was launched in 1995. This was necessitated due to non availability of Buddhist books in all areas including Colombo and to increase basic knowledge in Buddhism by promoting reading habits.

BCC has grown over the years and now it is the most prestigious Buddhist library in Sri Lanka, as well as the world’s biggest Theravada library.


Children’s Section
A separate section for the use of the children was organized in BCC. The collection and printing of books designed for the children was also undertaken. This has now become a very popular section.

The entire Sutta Pitaka i.e. Digha Nikaya, Sanyutta Nikaya, Majjhima Nikaya, Anguttara Nikaya and Khuddaka Nikaya has been translated into simple Sinhala and published by the BCC. Many other books written in English were also translated into Sinhala and published.

The BCC reprinted the ‘Pansiya Panas Jathaka Potha’ in 2 volumes with a volume in an abridged form. Many more books including Visuddhi Magga, Milinda panha, Pujavaliya, Saddharmalankaraya were also printed. After installing a new printing press the centre started printing new books, both in Sinhala and English, well over 500 books on Buddha Dhamma, Buddhist Literature, History, Culture, Philosophy, languages such as Pali and Sanskrit etc. written by renowned scholars were printed there.

Several exhibitions of Buddhist books were held since 1992 every year (at times twice a year) in Colombo at the Public Library Auditorium, national Art Gallery, and all Ceylon Buddhist Congress Auditorium) and other townships such as Kandy, Kurunegala, Galle, Matara and Ratnapura. The mobile bookshop was also organized along with these exhibitions. The purpose of this program was to popularize Buddhist books.

Mobile Buddhism Bookshop
A mobile Buddhist bookshop was launched from 1995 to end of 2002 by the BCC. This was necessitated due to non availability of Buddhist books in all areas including Colombo and to increase basic knowledge in Buddhism by promoting reading habits. This popular program was conducted for nearly 8 years.

Supplementary Education
New program of writing books in English was launched to cater to the children. ‘Buddhism Graduated Course’ is a series of books dealing with Buddhism in 8 books. This is to fulfill some of the requirements of the pupils studying in English language and of those who want to study Buddhism in English language.

The ‘Correspondence Course’ contain 12 booklets was started in 1996 to cater to the non Buddhists (local and foreign) to give a basic knowledge on Buddha Dharma. The course is to be completed within 6 months after which a certificate is issued to the follower by BCC.

Meditation Centre

A fully equipped meditation centre was established at Dekanduwela, Horana, in a 10 acre land in 1993 by the provision of the Director of BCC, Ven. Kirama Wimalajothi thero. In-house training on meditation from 2 days to 2 weeks were organized in this panoramic place. The centre could accommodate 40 participants at a time.

Besides local participants including Bhikkhunis, over 2000 foreign persons have been trained by the Centre. Participants from Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Japan, and Russia, Thailand and Sweden and some other countries attended these sessions. One year training course in Tripitaka Dhamma for Bhikkhus and lay devotees is now being conducted at the Centre.

Temporary (two weeks) Ordination program was launched in 2003.This was designed to give basic knowledge in Dhamma, Meditation and Social Work. As the Centre could accommodate only 40 partcipants at a time, the course is confined only to males of the ages between 18 and 40 years. This novice training was conducted once in two months. The program gained popularity among the youths very rapidly. After one year from this basic training, all of them were enrolled as members of the ‘Ariya Mittha Sansadaya’, main objective of which is to propagate the Buddha Dhamma among the school children. This activity is carried out in addition to the Sunday Dhamma Schools.

10 youths were ordained in March 1995 for the purpose of spreading the Buddha Dhamma in foreign countries. Most of them are now following higher studies abroad.

More Work on Spreading Dhamma
20,000 copies of ‘Buddhism in a Nutshell’ by Ven. Narada Maha Thero were distributed free of charge among star class hotels and tourist resorts in the country for the use of tourists.

Buddha Jayanthi Tripitaka Reprinting Project
In 2004, a massive project of reprinting the entire ‘Buddha Jayanthi Tripitaka’ books was undertaken at an estimated cost of Rs. 70m. It is expected to complete this task by May 2006. The intention of the project is to protect and save the pure Buddha Dhamma for the future generations.

Web Site
The web site of BCC was inaugurated on 2 May, 1996. This was the first Buddhist web site of the world and the third in Sri Lanka.

Contact us

Head Office -
Buddhist Cultural Centre
No. 125, Anderson Road,
Nedimala, Dehiwala,
Sri Lanka.
Tel. +94-11-2734256, 2728468, 2726234
Fax. +94-11-2736737
E-mail. bcc456@sltnet.lk, info@buddhistcc.com
Open all days. (Including Poya and Public Holidays) From 8.30 am to 5.30 pm

City Branch -
Buddhist Book Center
No. 380, All Ceylon Buddhist Congress,
Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Tel. +94-11-2689786 (Closed on Sunday)

Airport Branch -
Food For The Mind
Transit Lounge, BIA,
Katunayaka, Sri Lanka.
Tel. +94-11-2251360