A disaster emergency relief center for people living in the flood-prone villages is being constructed in Nisala Arana Monastery and International, Sri Lanka.
The three-storey building will be equipped with dormitories, discussion/visitor rooms, library, study areas, research facilities and Bhante Punnaji museum, halls for emergency accommodation, and kitchen which will be able to serve food for flood victims.
During non-emergency periods, the Center will be available for meditation retreats, dedicated to keep alive Bhante Dr. Madawela Punnaji’s tremendous contribution to the understanding and practice of the Buddha Dhamma. Bhante passed away here on July 27th 2018 and had a few last wishes:
• Set up a Center for Buddhist Studies, Research, Meditation and Humanitarian Services.
• Set up a Trust Fund to support the Center in (1) as well as for any other noble causes.
This fund raising will enable undertaker Nisala Arana Monastery and International Meditation Center founded by Venerable Bodhicitta, a Buddhist nun of the Theravada tradition and one of Venerable Punnaji’s closest ordained disciples) to complete the construction work that is currently in progress, targeting completion for opening ceremony on 1-year anniversary of Bhante’s demise, on 27th July 2019.
It currently is suffering from funding shortfall that requires the urgent and generous support of well-wishers. Please use the GoFundMe link below to make a donation: or use the bank account to make direct deposits.
Bank: Bank of Ceylon,
Acc name: Nisala Arana Monastery
Acc number: 71248658
Swift Code: BCEYLKLX
Well-wishers are also welcome to participate in a special meditation retreat from 24th July to 29th July 2019 at the new Center, which will feature a Memorial Ceremony dedicated to Bhante Punnaji on 27th July 2019.
For more information pls ring 613 – 9794 0759.
Theruwan Saranai, Update of the progress. Roof is almost done with few things left to be done