Dream Comes True...

The Buddha Dhamma or Buddhism is the fruit of a most intensive search conducted over a long period of time by a compassionate noble prince whose heart was going out to help suffering beings. This Flower of Mankind is none other than Gotama, the Buddha, who lived and taught 26 centuries ago in India. It is so inspiring and pragmatic teaching, that a fifth of the world today follows him devotedly.

Buddhist Revival in India

Lord Buddha taught the Dhamma out of compassion for the good of the many and for the benefit of many 2600 years ago. Since then it flourished in India for over 1500 years. Like all things in the world, it too declined for various reasons. In the 20th century India saw a revival again. The first glimpses of revival were visible when Anagarika Dharmapala founded the Maha Bodhi Society in 1891 and started restoration of the Buddhist holy places. The year 1956 saw some of the great events in modern Buddhist history. It was the year when 2500th Sacred Buddha Jayanti was celebrated with many programs all over the world and in India. It was the year when the Nava Nalanda Maha Vihara was started offering post graduate degrees in Buddhist Studies. It was the year when Dr. B.R. Ambedkar took initiation into Buddhism along with 600,000 people which is one of the driving forces for people to become Buddhists. Shri Satyanaraya Goenka took Triple Refuge and started Vipassana meditation and later established several meditation centers throughout India. These events significantly contributed towards the revival of the teachings of the Buddha.

Maha Bodhi Society, Bengaluru

There was another significant event during 1956, when the Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita, a Buddhist monk of deep insight and commitment, came down to Bangalore and started the Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore and triggered several spiritual, educational and social welfare activities. In continuation of the activities, in the 50th year of this institution, and to commemorate the 2550th Sacred Buddha Jayanthi in 2006 Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita initiated the MBCTBS.

Late Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita who started the Maha Bodhi Society and its sister organizations and who has tendered yeomen service to humanity for 57 years was the founder of this Centre. He was one of the most erudite Buddhist scholars. It was his cherished dream and vision to provide a systematic Buddhist education as widely as possible. MBC TBS is the result of his efforts and research in this field which is the first of its kind in whole of India.

He was a member of the Editorial Board of the Sixth Buddhist synod (Chattha Sangayana) in Yangon, which brought out a complete edition of the Pali Tipitaka. He was teaching Pali and Tipitaka at Nalanda University. He has conducted many Dhamma and Pali courses, meditation courses and written numerous books and translations of Buddhist texts.

Mahabodhi Centre for Theravada Buddhist Studies

A well-formulated course in Buddhism will benefit everyone in every possible way. Bhagawan Buddha says 'There is little dust in the eyes of people, remove that ignorance, they will walk on the path of Dhamma. Sabbadanam Dhammadanam Jinati'. Since a large number of people are interested in Buddhism today, it is essential that they are catered to their needs purely as a service to humanity. In this direction Mahabodhi Centre for Theravada Buddhist Studies (MBCTBS) is established. The MBCTBS will offer One year diploma, Three years degree and Two years Master degree programs to begin with, which will be further extended to research higher studies and PhDs.

Buddhist Education

It will be based on our aims of making known Buddhism through a systematic character-building educational system. Buddhist education means not only providing information about Buddhism, i.e. theoretical aspect of Dhamma, but also training candidates both institutionally and through distant education imparting method in the practice of Dhamma by way of meditation training (Bhavana) and ethical discipline (Sila), good social behavior, humanitarian service program etc. The idea behind the training programs is practical education to bring about a qualitative change in daily life with verifiable results and harmonious social interaction. The training apart from understanding Buddhism and Buddhist living, will promote goodwill and harmony among the various Buddhist traditions to begin with, and extend the same further to interfaith amity programs, i.e. how best to live with people holding different religious views and beliefs. It is important that the candidates are trained to live in harmony with people, with nature and with oneself.

In Buddhism education is nothing but skill in right means - upaya kosalla. It is not just gathering information for jobs but much more than that. It is knowledge translated into skill that brings one the best of humanism in the human being. In other words it is building character in human beings. The Buddha laid great emphasis on the importance of developing kusala citta, skillful wholesome mind and kusala kamma, skillful wholesome activity done deliberately and consciously, for the good of oneself, others and whole world. The Mahabodhi Centre is committed to spreading this kind of to build a humane society education.