by VENERABLE SRI S V PANDIT PARADUWA PEMARATANA MAHA NAYAKA THERA
MAHINDARAMA DHAMMA PUBLICATION
No 2 Kampar Road
By arrangement with INWARD PATH PUBLISHER
Size: 4” x 5.7"
This book is written by the late Chief Monk of Mahindarama Buddhist Temple, Penang about the Buddha’s contribution to mankind with the brief explanation of caste system, freedom of thoughts, status of women, compassion towards the sick, loving-kindness towards all beings, teaching of self help, religious tolerance and ten duties of the king.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Venerable Sri S.V. Pandit Paraduwa Pemaratana Maha Nayaka Thera was born in Southern Ceylon on 17 May 1914 and was ordained a samanera (novice monk) on 18 December 1926 at the age of twelve, at the ancient Temple of Purana Vihara in Elgiriya, Akuressa. He received higher ordination in 1934.
His devotion to studies saw him through the Preliminary, Intermediate and Final Examinations (First Division), conducted by the Oriental Studies Society, Colombo which was sponsored by the Government of Ceylon. This won him the title of Royal Pandit. In 1942 he was appointed Vice-Principal, Vidyalankara (Branch) College at Kurunegala, Ceylon and was later appointed Principal.
Ven. Pemaratana came to Malaya on the Vesak Fullmoon Day of May 1955 to undertake Buddhist missionary work upon the invitation of the Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society, Buddhist Temple in Kuala Lumpur (now called Brickfields Buddhist Vihara).
In 1957, he arrived in Penang at the invitation of Ven. Gunaratana Maha Nayaka Thera to assist him in the propagation of Buddhism. In 1959, when the Mahindarama Sunday Pali School was inaugurated, he became its first Principal. He became the Abbot on the demise of the late Ven. M. A. Upananda Maha Thera on 4 September 1974.
On 25 January 1978, the Venerable Sir was honoured the Chief Sangha Nayaka of Penang due to his valuable contribution towards the growth of Buddhism particularly in Penang and Malaysia in general. The award carried the title of Sri Saddhamma Visarada. He passed away peacefully in 1995.