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Rector of SIBA Campus
Dr. Upali M Sedere
B. Ed. (Hons) (First Class) University of Ceylon
M.A. University of Iowa
Ph.D. University of Iowa
Fulbright Scholar & Education Sector Specialist,
B.A. (Special) in Sinhala Language (First Class)
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Modern Fiction
Diploma in French Language and Literature
To be an innovative Academy in Sri Lanka providing guidance to leadership based on the development
wisdom and inculcation of moral values.
SIBA is a project of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) and was initiated
with the blessings of the Most Venerable Prelates of both the Malwatta and Asgiriya Chapters of
Siyam Nikaya of the Buddhist Sangha in Sri Lanka, by Hon. Pradeep Nilanga Dela, the Chief Lay
Custodian or the Diyawadena Nilame of Sri Dalada Maligawa. Established in February 2009, it acquires
its singular significance and uniqueness particularly among Sri Lankans and Buddhists in general due
to its association with Sri Dalada Maligawa.
To Provide and promote education and training to interested laypersons and members of the monastic
community in Sri Lanka and abroad by creating opportunities and facilities to learn, teach and apply
knowledge acquired for realizing for oneself the validity and veracity of the teaching of the Buddha
enable them also to create such understanding in others and thereby serve humanity in general.
SIBA-DCI Research Centre, funded by Dhammachai Institute (DCI), Thailand, was established at Sri Lanka
International Buddhist Academy (SIBA), Pallekele, Kundasale, Sri Lanka, as part of the Dhammachai
Tipitaka Project in Thailand, in 2010.
An MOU was signed between SIBA of Sri Dalada Maligawa and DCI
of Wat Phra Dhammakaya Thailand at SIBA on 24 August 2010 with the participation of the Most
Venerable Udugama Sri Dhammadassi Ratanapala Buddharakkhitabhidhana Mahanayake
Mahathera, Supreme Patron of SIBA, the Most Venerable Dr. Somchai Thanavuddho, Director of
Dhammachai Institute, Hon. Dr. Pradeep Nilanga Dela, Chairman of SIBA, and Prof. G.A. Somaratne,
Rector of SIBA. Under this agreement, SIBA-DCI Research Centre has carried out its research activities
since October 2010. The Centre promotes research activities at SIBA in general by developing a Research
Library for the use of the researchers as well as the students and staff of SIBA. The main
research activity is to translate the volumes of the Dhammachai Pali Tipitaka edition and also the Pali
commentaries into both English and Sinhala. The translation is carried out by a team of Pali and Tipitaka
scholars. The Centre is run by a Director, Deputy-Director and a Coordinator.
Explore the Facilities at SIBA Campus
SIBA Campus staged the drama “Sanda KInduru” on 28th July 2017 in Hindu Cultural Hall, Kandy. Written in English and produced with a blend of Sri Lankan, American theatre and Digital technology, this project carried a blissful purpose of presenting the vision of Buddhism to the international platform.
“Sanda Kinduru” was a fruitful result of an experimental project carried out by the Department of English of SIBA with a of Fulbright scholar from USA. The drama was directed by Fulbright Prof. Daryl Harris, Professor of Performance Art at Northern Kentucky University, USA and his team, with limited advisory of a reputed expert in theatre, Mr. Jananath Bandara. An added vibrance to the drama was brought on by the expertise music direction of Mr. Darshana Bodhikotuwa, and with the mastery make up of Mr. R.S Perera. The credit goes to Ms Buddhi Ariyaratne who worked on the script to keep to the intrinsic innate message of the ‘Samasaric’ benevolent love between the Gauthama Sidharatha and Yosodara of the Sandakinduru Buddhist Jathaka tail and also to ensure the digital backgrounds, music and lighting is well blended. The English Drama based on a Jathaka Story with a blend of Sri Lankan and American theatre and blending with digital technology is the dream of Dr. Upali Sedere, the Rector of the Sri Lankan Buddhist academy. It is the generous and untiring efforts by all academic of the English Department and the backing by the non-academic staff of SIBA Campus made this possible.
The event was a perfect reflection of SIBA Campus undergraduates’ abilities which are not limited only to the scope of the academics. The humongous success of this aesthetical fiesta was evident by the overwhelmingly positive remarks and comments given by the audience.
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Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy (SIBA) is a unique liberal arts higher educational institute set up
within a monastic and eco-friendly environment. It is both national and international in scope, grounded on
Buddhist principles and, designed to produce local, national, and international religious, social, and
political leaders who are at the same time Dhamma practitioners and disseminators.