Visiting Monks

Bhante Kotawaye Suseela

Venerable Kotawaye Suseela (also known as Bhante Suseela) was born in 1982 in Kotawaya village in the Hambantota District of southern Sri Lanka. At age 13, he renounced home and was ordained as a novice in 1995 at Jayasumanarama Maha Viharaya in Hakmana.  Ven. Kotawaye Suseema and Ven. Diviyagaha Gnanananda are his preceptors (teachers).  In 2002 he was ordained as Bhikkhu (higher ordained monk).

After completing his basic education, from 2001 he began some social activities with his fellows in Hakmana. He led the society for help to people in poverty. For the sustainability of his social activities he established an organization known as “Dahamdeepa Foundation (DDF)”. During this period they performed numerous dedications for society. 

After dedicating himself for several years, Bhante moved to Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka, in 2005, and continued further education. While he was in Colombo, he met a great meditation master and started to practice meditation. As a result of long term practice of meditation he was invited to a temple in Cyprus in Europe, Sri Lankaramaya.  In 2009 Bhante moved to Cyprus and conducted meditation programs as well as other religious activities.  

In 2012, Bhante was invited by a Buddhist organization in Minnesota in the United States of America. He spent a few years with the American Buddhist community in Minnesota and performed services for the Buddhist community of Tennessee as well.