German Dharmaduta Society elects new Office Bearers
Posted on April 29th, 2012

Senaka Weeraratna ( Hony. Secretary)

The German Dharmaduta Society, which was founded by Asoka Weeraratna (Ven Mitirigala Dhammanisanthi Thero) in 1952, to propagate Buddhism and establish the Buddha Sasana in Germany and other Western countries, elected its new office bearers and committee members, unanimously for a period of three years at its Annual General Meeting held in the Auditorium of the OPA, Colombo on April 22, 2012. 

The Society sponsored the first Buddhist Mission to Germany in 1957, and continues to send monks to reside and conduct Dharmaduta work at Das Buddhistische Haus (Founded in 1924 by Dr. Paul Dahlke, Prolific writer and Pioneer of Buddhism in Germany) in Berlin “”…” Frohnau.

Asoka Weeraratna, purchased Das Buddhistische Haus, on behalf of the Trustees of the German Dharmaduta Society, from the heirs of Dr. Dahlke in 1957 and converted it into a Theravada Buddhist Vihara with resident monks drawn primarily from Sri Lanka. The Society administers the Berlin Vihara.

It is now a prominent Centre for the spread of Theravada Buddhism in Europe. As the oldest Theravada Buddhist institution in Europe, the German authorities have designated it a National Heritage site.

New Office Bearers


The list of the newly elected office bearers is as follows:


The President                                  Dr.(Mrs.)Manel Lakdivdas


The Vice “”…” Presidents                     1) Professor JayadevaTilakasiri

2) Mr. Tissa Weeraratna

                                                        3) Mr. W. Panditaratne                                      

                                                        4) Dr. Newton Peiris


The Hony. Secretary                       Mr. Senaka Weeraratna


The Hony. Asst. Secretary              Mr. D. Ananda de Silva


The Hony. Treasurer                       Mr. H. Kalubanda


Committee Members                        Professor A.D.T.E. Perera

 Professor J. Lankage                                         

 Major “”…” General Sardha Abeyratne

                                                         Mrs. Sandamali Hettiaratchi

                                                         Dr. Hemasiri Cooray     

                                                         Mr. M.P. de Zoysa

                                                         Mr. S.M. Wijeratne       

                                                         Mr. A.G. Gunatilaka     

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