About Katukurunde Nyanananda Thera

Most Ven. Kaṭukurunde Ñāṇananda Maha Thera was a Sri Lankan [Sinhala] and scholar. He is best known for the research monograph Concept and Reality in Early Buddhist Thought and the exploratory The Magic of the . Ven. Ñāṇananda was the abbot of Pothgulgala Aranya, a small forest in Devalegama, Sri Lanka.

Monks outside the temple at the Tibetan Buddhist monastery, Rato Dratsang

The forms of organized Buddhist monasticism

is one of the earliest surviving forms of organized monasticism and one of the fundamental institutions of Buddhism. and nuns, called and bhikkhuni, are responsible for the preservation and dissemination of the Buddha's teaching and the guidance of Buddhist lay people. Three surviving traditions of monastic discipline (), govern modern monastic life in different regional traditions: - the Theravada in Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka - the Dharmaguptaka in East Asia - .