Resident Monks

The Chief incumbent Bhikkhu at the Austin Buddhist Center is Pandit Eluwapola Gnanaratana Thero

Eluwapola Gnanaratana Thero

Curriculum Vitae of Venerable Pandit Eluvapola Gnanaratane

Ordination as a Bhikkhu:
October 10, 1956, Lokananda Pirivena, Wekanda, Kuliyapitiya
Higher Ordination:
July 1967, Kelaniya Nadee Udakakkepa Seema Maalaka, Kelaniya.
Upadhyaya Teachers:
Venerable Deepagoda Chandawimala, Maha Nayaka of Ramanna Nikaya.

Monastic Discipline and Education:
Lokananda Pirivena, Wekanda, Kuliyapitiya.
Maliyadeva Vidyarakshaka Pirivena, Kurunegala.

Higher Education:
Kelaniya University, 1965 – 1968, B. A.
1969, Pundit Degree in Oriental Languages
1975 – 1976, Diploma in Buddhism
1983- 1985, M.A.
University of Colombo, 1985 – 1986, Diploma in Education.
University of Thisho Uni, Tokyo, Japan, 1995 – 1997, Diploma in Japanese Language.

Teaching and Research Experience:
1970 – 1979, Teacher, Kuliyapitiya Central School
1980 – 1985, Teacher, Ratmale Central School, Anuradhapura.
1985, Teacher, St John’s Central School, Dematagoda, Colombo
1986- 1995, Principal, St. John’s Central School, Dematagoda, Colombo.
University of Thisho Uni, Tokyo, Japan, 1997-2000, Research Assistant in Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism Studies.
University of Thisho Uni, Tokyo, Japan, 1999 – 2000, Lecturer in Sanskrit.

Monastic Services:
Chief Prelate, Lokananda Pirivena College, Wekanda, Kuliyapitiya.
Chief Prelate, Bodhi Malaka Aramaya, Diyadora, Kuliyapitiya.
Chief Prelate, Sri Ratnamali Vihara, Ratmale Watta, Kuliyapitiya.
Ashoka Buddhist Center, Colombo 14.
Samudrasanna Vihara, Mutwal, Colombo 14.
Kotalawala Samadhi Buddhist Center, Kaduwela.

Associations:
Ashoka Buddhist Teaching Foundation.
Lotus International Foundation for Religious Harmony