(Still taking in participants; cut-off is Wed 22 Feb 2023)
Date: 16 Feb – 27 Jul 2023 (Every Thu)
Time: 7.30 – 9.30PM
Venue: The Buddhist Library (BL)
Fees: $100 (BL Members), $200 only (Non members)
Click to register (BL membership also attached within)

About this program
This certificate course is about gaining a holistic introduction to Buddhism. The Library’s goal is for you, after completing the course, to have confidence in knowledge of the Buddha’s teachings (the Dhamma) and the practice of Buddhism.

About the classes

There will be 23 sessions across 5 months and they each comprise lessons and Q&A, devotional activities and a chance to interact with fellow students. A typical class may look like this:

  • 7.30-8.50pm: Opening, meditation practice and lesson
  • 8.50-9.00pm: Break
  • 9-9.30pm: Lesson, Q&A and wrap up

The list of topics to be taught is at the end of this page.

About the teachers
The course will be taught by the Buddhist Library’s resident monastic community (sangha), Venerable Dr. Wiloye Wimlajothi and Venerable Dr. Akiriye Somananda, as well as lay teachers Sister Foo Siew Fong and Brother Nikko Tan.

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Ven. Dr. Wiloye Wimalajothi

Venerable Dr. Wiloye Wimalajothi (or Bhante Jothi, as he is known to us) graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Peradeniya and taught at the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies of University of Peradeniya from 1992 to 1996. He subsequently went to the UK where he resided for 14 years.

Venerable Wimalajothi has received several academic awards for his competence in Pali, the language of the Buddhist Canon, and in 2021 he obtained his PHD with the University of Kelaniya. He is currently a resident monk at the Buddhist Library.