Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy (SIBA) is a unique liberal arts higher educational institution 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 simultaneously Dhamma practitioners and disseminators.
The Department of Buddhist Studies was established in 1957 as follow up to the action initiated by the Government of India on the occasion of the celebration of 2500 years of Buddhism on 24 May 1956. This department, the first of its kind in India, was established with the primary objective of conducting research at the advanced level in various subjects related to Buddhist Studies. As part of this initiative, a Chair of Buddhist Studies was created. Professor P.V. Bapat, a scholar of international repute, was the first scholar to occupy this chair.
- Ph.D. Buddhist Studies
- M.Phil. Buddhist Studies
- M.A. Buddhist Studies
- Diploma in Pali Language & Literature
- Diploma in Tibetan Language & Literature
- Certificate Course in Pali Language & Literature
- Certificate Course in Tibetan Language & Literature
- Buddhist Traditions (compulsory)
Learn about key Buddhist concepts and practices as well as the misconceptions of Buddhism. Also, gain an insight into the history of the development of Buddhism and its main sub-traditions.
- Buddhist Meditation and Psychology
Develop your knowledge of Buddhist meditation traditions in both theory and practice across a number of different cultures. Also, consider Western psychological perspectives on Buddhist meditation.
- Buddhist Ethics
Gain an understanding of Buddhist Ethics in both theory and practice across a number of different cultures.
- Buddhist Philosophy
Learn about Buddhist philosophical traditions across a number of different cultures.
- Pali Language (numbers permitting)
Develop a solid grounding in Pali language, forming the foundation for further self-study.
- Dissertation (for students progressing to the MA)
A significant piece of research into an appropriate area of study.
The International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies, founded in 1996, is still a relatively new and small institution, but it provides an ideal educational and research environment for the philological study of Buddhism.
This is firmly anchored in the study of the classical languages in which the Buddhist texts have been transmitted: Sanskrit and Pali in South Asia, various Central Asian languages and Tibetan in Inner Asia, Chinese, Mongolian, Korean, and Japanese in East Asia.
Aggācāra (Noble Practice)
1. To help poor children and nuns, ourcentre will offer free education like Dhamma, English, computer and so on. We also welcome volunteers to teach them Dhamma knowledge, English, Chinese, computer etc.
2. To help the poor people in Myanmar, we will conduct charity few times a year to raise funds and to offer necessities to them.
3. To do the translation of Dhamma books and Dhamma talks from Burmese to English and Chinese.
4. To encourage students to share their ideas on Dhamma freely on this website without the feeling of embarrassment about the lacking of English proficiency.
Readers of Thai or of Pali in Thai script may be interested to know that the Buddhaghosa Pali College in Nakhorn Pathom has made a number of its publications available on its website. The intention is to eventually upload all of the grammars and textbooks used in the college's residential BA degree and online correspondence courses. They are being provided chiefly for those who intend to take the correspondence course, but anyone may download the texts free of charge. The grammatical content of these courses is based substantially on that of the Burmese Dhammacariya syllabus introduced to Thailand by Sayadaw U Dhammananda of Wat Tamao, Lampang.
The texts uploaded so far include:Kaccaayana's Grammar (Pali only)Padmaruupasiddhi (Buddhapiya's commentary on Kaccaayana. Pali with Thai trans.)Notes for the Wat Tamao Pali course (these are in many volumes; so far all the material on sandhi and naama is now available).