The Buddhist & Pali University (BPU) of
Sri Lanka was founded by
an act of Parliament (No. 74) in 1981 and ceremonially
inaugurated on April 22nd 1982. It was formed with
intention of propagating the Buddha Dhamma and to promote
Buddhist and Pali studies in Sri Lanka and world–wide
and to provide facilities for research in Buddhism, Pali
and related fields. The BPU act
was amended (No. 37 of 1995). This amendment restructured the BPU
along the lines of the University of Sri Lanka—affiliated
colleges in Sri Lanka ceased to exist. The BPU also found itself
at a new location in a suburb of Colombo—Pitipana, Homagama—with
hostel facilities and the premier Buddhist library in Sri
Lanka. Additional provision was
made by the amendment of 1995 to register external institutions
to prepare students outside Sri Lanka for examinations and
courses of study offered by the BPU—making the BPU a
fully-fledged and accredited international university.
Subsequently the Buddhist & Pali College at Mangala Vihara in
Singapore and the Dongguk Buddhist Institute of Korea were
registered as affiliated Colleges. Affiliated colleges in
Malaysia and Cambodia have also been registered since then. The
Buddhist & Pali College of the U.S.A is the latest addition to
this growing international presence of the BPU. The university
publishes the ‘Sri Lanka journal of Buddhist Studies’ annually.
It is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
|Just as treasures are
uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds,
and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk
safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light
of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.