Dr. Ven. Bamunugama Shanthawimala

Office Address:  

Dept. of Pali & Buddhist Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.




+9481-2388975 /081-2392111

Personal Website: 



Born- 06-10-1952

Educational Qualifications:


Royal Pandit , (Sri Lanka Oriental Language Society)

Tripitaka Vedee (First Class), Buddhasravaka Bhikshu University in Anuradhapura , Sri Lanka

BA (Hons.) University of Peradeniya-1985

M.A.P (Philosophy) University of Peradeniya , 1986,

M.A . (with Distinction) -Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya-1992

Under Graduate Diploma in Hindi With First Class in Banaras Hindu University , ( University of Varanasi ) India in 2006

Ph.D. - Banaras Hindu University , ( University of Varanasi ), India in 2007

Appointments (Selected)


Temporary Asst. Lecturer from 17-07-1990 to 24-01-1992

Permanent Asst. Lecturer from 25-01-1992

Lecturer (Probationary ) from 25-01-1992

Lecturer From 25-01-1992

Senor Lecturer Grade II - 2003 up to date

Visiting Appointments


Visiting Lecturer from 16-07-1990 to 06-06-1991- Dept. of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Peradeniya

Memberships & Awards


Mahapola Scholarship for Highest marks in 1981

M F Khan Prize for the result of G.A.Q. Examination 1981/82

Keynote/Invited Papers:


Have attended many radio programmes and Dhamma sermons as well as national television discussions related to Buddhist philosophy and discourses

Have conducted Advanced Level teaching sessions on Buddhist topics at national level and carried out series of Dhamma discussions at Kandy Buddhist Association and at Kandy YMBA

Research Interests:


Buddhist Philosophy and world religions, Social and Political issues, Buddhist Monasticism and Pali

Research Publications (Selected)



Buddhism and Saddha (Sinhala)
Mavpiya Upasthanaya (Sinhala)
Pirith Athpotha (Sinhala)

Editor of the "Patibhana" annual magazine- University Buddhist Association in Pali and Buddhist Studies

Other Credentials


Post of Warden -Kehelpannala Bhikkhu Hostel- 1998 and 1999

Post of Warden- Sangharamaya Bhikkhu Hostel- 2000

Post of Warden -Sangharamaya and Kehelpannala Bhikkhu Hostel- 2000-2003

Member of the Students' Residence Committee- 2000-2002

Patron of the Buddhist Association (Academic and Non-Academic Staff), 1986 up to date

Patron of the Buddhist Brotherhood Association of Students-1990 to date

Patron of the Every Faculties Buddhist Brotherhood Association of Students from 1990

Patron of the Hantane Conservation Society-1997 to date

Patron of the National Environmental Forum- 1999 up to date

Patron of the "Sarasavi Samgvada Kendraya"-2001

Patron of the Students' Caring and Sharing Charity Association, 1999 to date

Life Membership of SISHVA, University of Peradeniya University Alumni Association