JBV Community Center

Jethavana Buddhist Vihara has been doing work in the community for the last 33 years. We are conducting various services for the people of Birmingham City

How We support local community

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Our resident monks
Chief Incumbent - Ven. Keppetiyagoda Gunawansa (BA (Hon))

Venerable Keppetiyagoda Gunawansa was ordained under the pupillage of late Ven. Baddegama Wimalawansa Anunayake. He graduated from Vidyodaya University and soon became a teacher of Buddhism and served many years at the Sri Lanka Monastic College (pirivena) of Maharagama.

Ven. Gunawansa joined the Maha Mahinda International Dharmadutha Society which was set up by his first teacher late Ven. Wimalawansa Anunayake in 1963 and served many rural Indians to heighten their lives through the Buddhist teachings. He further extended his service in Buddhism by moving to the Japanese Buddhist Centre in Sikamgun Province in Japan. Through the advice of Dhramadutha Society, Ven. Gunawansa visited Birmingham and redeveloped the Jethatavana Buddhist Vihara to its current status with his dauntless effort and dedication.

Ven. Gunawansa is the founder of the "Pradeepa Laksetha" Foundation which helps to support many rural innocent children in Sri Lanka.

Ven. Gunawansa also belongs to a group of versatile and dedicated monks who have an equal interest in comprehensive activities to benefit our society.

Ven. Mapalagama Soratha (MA, BA (Hon))

Ven. Soratha is the Deputy Head of the Vihara. He has been in UK since the year 2000, and has helped to rebuild the temple since it acquisition from the Ambedkhar Buddhist Organisation in 2000.

Ven. Soratha has graduated from the University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka in 1996, where he studied Buddhist Civilisation in depth. Then he entered the University of Kelaniya to further study about Buddhist Philosophy and obtained a Master of Arts degree from the Pali and Buddhist Faculty in 1998/1999.

Ven. Soratha is also the Deputy Head of the Sri Dhatumalu Viharaya, Kohuwala Nugegoda, Sri Lanka.