Resident Monks

Bhante Makola Nanda

Venerable Makola Nanda (also known as Bhante Nanda) was born in 1985 in Makola village in the Gampaha District of Western Sri Lanka. Bhante Nanda entered the Buddhist order in 2004 as a novice (sämanéra) at age 19 and he received his Higher Ordination (Upasampadä) at Kanduboda Siyane International Insight Meditation Centre, Sri Lanka, in 2006

Bhante Nanda's preceptor (teacher) is the Maha Kammatthanacharya, the most venerable Inguruwatte Piyananda Maha Thero (Mahä Näyaka of Sri Lanka Sagin Sector). His meditation masters are most venerable Maha Kammatthanacharya, Gampaha Pemasiri Maha Thero, the founder of the Sumatipala Nahimi Senasun Arana, Kanduboda, Sri Lanka, and Kammathanacharya venerable Madawala Upäli Maha Thero, the founder of the Rathmalkanda Meditation Centre, Kithal Ella, ELLA, Sri Lanka.

Bhante Nanda earned his B.A degree in Buddhist Philosophy in 2009 from the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, a prestigious Asian University for Buddhist Studies. Venerable Nanda Thero served 2 years at the Daham Nikethanaya in Victoria, Australia before coming to Canada.

Bhante Makola Nanda is the Spiritual Director of the Alberta Buddhist Vihara Association and the Abbot Bhikkhu of the Samatha Vipassana Meditation Centre. He arrived in Edmonton in July 2012 on invitation of ABVA.