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SIBA

SIBA is a project of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) and was initiated with the blessings of the Most Venerable Prelates of both the Malwatta and Asgiriya Chapters of Siyam Nikaya of the Buddhist Sangha in Sri Lanka, by Hon. Pradeep Nilanga Dela, the Chief Lay Custodian or the Diyawadena Nilame of Sri Dalada Maligawa. Established in February 2009, it acquires its singular significance and uniqueness particularly among Sri Lankans and Buddhists in general due to its association with Sri Dalada Maligawa.

Sri Dalada Maligawa is the most venerated Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. It is here that the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined. The Temple is famous for its carvings and beautiful paintings that are unique to Sri Lanka. The most important part of the Sri Dalada Maligawa is the octagon (Paththirippuwa), built by the last King of Sri Lanka. Thousands of people line up every day to venerate this Temple and have a glimpse of its majesty. The Academy is mainly funded by Sri Dalada Maligawa, and is also partly funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Sri Lanka. For its further expansion and maintenance, the Academy expects to receive the generous support of both local and foreign donors and well-wishers.


Our History

A Higher Educational Project of Sri Dalada Maligawa. Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy (SIBA) was established in February 2009 as a higher educational project of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, better known as Sri Dalada Maligawa, is the most venerated Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. It is here that the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined. The new Academy acquires its singular significance and uniqueness particularly among Sri Lankans and Buddhists in general due to its association with the Sri Dalada Maligawa. The initiative for setting up the Academy was taken, with the advice and blessings of the most Venerable Prelates (Mahanayake Theras) of the two chapters, Malwatta and Asgiriya, of the Buddhist Sangha of the Syamopali Mahanikaya, by Hon. Pradeep Nilanga Dela, the Chief Lay Custodian (Diyawadana Nilame) of Sri Dalada Maligawa. The concept paper for the establishment of the academy was written by Dr. G.A. Somaratne, Professor in Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Peradeniya. The Academy was located at the Buddhist Research Centre at Pallekele, Kundasale, and on 1 June 2009, academic work began with the appointment of Prof. J.M. Gunadasa, former Vice-Chancellor of University of Peradeniya, as SIBA's founding Rector. With the invitation of Hon. Pradeep Nilanga Dela, the Chairman of SIBA, the first batch of Buddhist Leadership students for the BA degree programme in was ceremonially admitted by His Excellency Mahinda Rajapakse, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, on Thursday 23 July 2009. His Excellency the President together with the Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Government and the Chairman SIBA laid the foundation stone for the new SIBA building complex and also launched the SIBA website on the same day. The new building complex was opened by the Most Venerable Prof. Dr. Dharmakosajarn, Rector of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University on August 10, 2010, and the classes for the new academic year began on 11 August 2010.

4 October 2007 - Hon. Dr. Pradeep Nilanga Dela, Diyawadena Nilame sends a letter to the Royal Norwegian Embassy
4 January 2008 - Diyawadena Nilame meets His Exellency Tore Hattrem at the Royal Norwegian Embassy
10 May 2008 - Diyawadena Nilame presents the Draft Proposal for Bhikkhu Training Institute to Norwegian Embassy at Sri Dalada Maligawa and makes a site visit to Pallekele
06 June 2008 - Mr. Gamini Bandara meets Prof. G.A. Somaratne at his residence
20 June 2008 - Prof. G.A. Somaratne presents the Draft Proposal of SIBA to Diyawadena Nilame
25 June 2008 - Discussion takes place on the Draft Proposal at Sri Dalada Maligawa
23 August 2008 - At Sri Dalada Maligawa, Diyawadena Nilame presents the Proposal to the Royal Norwegian Ambassador who promises the funding for the project
11 September 2008 - The Most Venerable Mahanayake Theros send a letter to the Royal Norwegian Embassy extending their cooperation to establish SIBA
30 October 2008 - At Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Royal Norwegian Ambassador presents a letter pledging US$ 1 million
12 November 2008 - Diyawadena Nilame visits Durakij Pundit University Thailand
14 November 2008 - Diyawadena Nilame meets the Most Venerable Rector of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University
6 December 2008 - A workshop takes place at Pallekele on the preparation of the Strategic Plan
17 December 2008 - Prof. G.A. Somaratne sends the curriculum of the BA Degree in Buddhist Leadership to MCU for approval
17 February 2009 - Academy receives official registration (GA 2232) under the Company Act 7 of 2007
6 March 2009 - Prof. Gunadasa and Prof. Somaratne distribute the first copies of the Handbook at Sri Dalada Maligawa
29 March 2009 - The first Newspaper advertisement appears calling for enrollment in the study programmes
26 April 2009 - SIBA holds the first meeting of the Board of Directors at Pallekele
1 June 2009 - Prof. J.M. Gunadasa, Prof. P.D. Premasiri, Prof. G.A. Somaratne, and Mr. Lalith Weeraddana assume duties as the founding Rector, Director-Academic, Director-Research, and Registrar respectively
23 July 2009 - His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka admits the first batch of students to SIBA and lays the foundation stone for the new building complex
16 September 2009 - SIBA holds the first meeting of the Board of Study
17 July 2010 - Prof. G.A. Somaratne assumes duties as Rector - SIBA
6 August 2010 - SIBA admits the second batch of students for the degree programme
10 August 2010 - Diyawadena Nilame and the Most Venerable Rector of MCU open the new building complex
24 August 2010 - DCI and SIBA sign a MOU to establish the SIBA-DCI Research Centre
4 December 2010 - SIBA holds the first OPEN DAY
10-12 December 2010 - SIBA hosts the 4th International Conference of Sri Lanka Association of Buddhist Studies
15 December 2010 - Prof. Thula G. Wijewardana assumes duties as Deputy-Rector - SIBA
20 March 2011 - SIBA launches Sri Lanka International Journal of Buddhist Studies (SIJBS), the annual academic journal, by presenting the first copy to His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka at SIBA
20-21 March 2011 - SIBA co-hosts International Buddhist Conference organized by High Commission of India in Sri Lanka

Gallery

SIBA Campus General Convocation 2014

SIBA Campus General Convocation 2016

SIBA Open Day

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