Theravada Buddhism

Beginning of Theravada

Theravada Buddhism has emerged mainly among Newars for the last 70 years. The Newars influenced by Theravada are quite aware of their religious and national heritage. They have star...

Development of Theravada

In 1951 Venerable Madihe Pannasiha from Sri Lanka had an audience with His Majesty King Tribhuvana Viravikrama Sahadeva during which he conducted a ceremony and tied holy thread on...

Present Situation

Numerous Buddhist associations or organisations backing Theravada activities are active. We have discussed the Dharmodaya Sabha which was established in 1944 already. Shifting this...

Theravada Monks of Nepal

One part of the Triratna or Buddhist trinity is the Sangha, the practising community of the celibate monks and nuns. The roles of monks, nuns and lay devotees are the enhancement an...

The Present Monks

At present, the notable seniormost Venerable monks in Nepal are Sanghanayaka Sakyananda Mahasthavira, Aniruddha, Subodhananda, Buddhaghosa, Cunda, Vimalananda and Kumarakasyapa. The...

The Theravada Centres

All Theravada Viharas in Nepal are called ‘vihara’. A vihara refers to a place where a group of monks stay and practice the religious life. In English, the word vihara is rendered a...

Feature of a Centre

Actually Newars have their own traditional concepts regarding the shape of a monastery. Some basic featres are still observed in the case of Theravada Viharas, too, as they are seen...

Theravada Ceremonies

A religious ceremony is a way for people to express their faith in their religion. There could not be any religion in the world without a ceremony. Therefore it is natural to have c...

The Effect of Ceremonies

All rituals and ceremonies that are performed among the Theravada Buddhists in Nepal have some effect, either more or less in daily life. No matter whether they are singing, playing...

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