Venerable Dhammananda was born on March 18, 1919, to the family of K. G. Gamage in the village of Kirinde, Matara in southern Sri Lanka. He was given the English name of Martin and was the eldest in a family of three brothers and three sisters.

Influenced by both a devout Buddhist mother and uncle, who was the Chief Monk of the local temple, he was ordained at the age of twelve and was given the name “Dhammananda” which means “one who experiences happiness through the Dhamma.”In 1951, the Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society of Kuala Lumpur requested for a monk to take up residence in its temple in Brickfields to administer the religious needs of the Buddhist community in Malaya.

Venerable Dhammananda’s contribution to the growth of Buddhism and community development in modern Malaysia is without a doubt a historical fact.


In 1965, Venerable Dhammananda had been conferred the title “Chief Sangha Nayaka Thera” of Malaysia by the Siam Maha Nikaya, Malwatta Chapter of Sri Lanka. Throughout his life, Venerable Dhammananda strived tirelessly to bring Buddhism to Malaysians. Today, in Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka, Venerable Dhammananda is hailed for his contributions towards the Buddhist community.

For more than 50 years, Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda had devoted himself to propagating Buddhism in Malaysia. His teachings of the Dhamma has reached many parts of Malaysia and is recognized the world over.

From 31 Aug to 2 Sept, we are delighted to invite you and your family to our Centenary Celebration. The highlight of this event is, the K. Sri Dhammananda Exhibition showcasing his life, his work and his achievements.

Let’s celebrate his legacy together and be inspired by his selfless giving and contribution spirit!
For more information, please call Buddhist Maha Vihara office at 03 22741141