Venerable Brahmanagama Muditha Maha thera, now 66, was conferred with the title “Uthuru Americawe Pradhana Sanghanayaka”, the Chief Prelate of the Sangha Community of North America, since 2017 by the Kotte Sangha Sabha in Sri Lanka. He provided his spiritual services to North American Buddhist communities for nearly for 30 years.
Venerable Brahmanagama Muditha Thero is the founding abbot of the Great Lakes Buddhist Vihara. He is also the abbot of the Hilda Jayewardenaramaya Buddhist Monastery (HJMB), Ottawa since 2008. Venerable Thero is a distinguished scholar and a preacher in Theravada tradition. He is well-known as a skillful meditation instructor to many monks and lay people and has been serving in North America for nearly three decades. Bhante Muditha has been a pioneer in inaugurating many Theravada temples in both USA and Canada
Bhanthe Sankichcha was born in Kandy, Sri Lanka in 1976. He entered the monastic life at the age of 15 in 1991 at Sri Subodhārāma International Monks’ Training Institute in Kandy. In 1996 he received his higher ordination (upasampadā). The same year he moved to Australia where he lived for four years conducting numerous mindfulness programs. In 2001 he was invited to the Great Lakes Buddhist Vihara in Michigan, USA to continue his Dhamma services.
Bhanthe Sankichcha received his BA degree in Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is currently enrolled in a master’s degree in counseling psychology at Oakland University in Michigan, USA. He also serves as the abbot of Great Lakes Buddhist Vihara.
He is engaged in many social and religious services both locally and internationally. As a meditation and a Dhamma teacher, Bhathe Sankichcha helps many people including young and adults providing with Buddhist spiritual counseling.
He has been invited to teach in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Canada, and USA.
Rev. Kahalle Janananda was born in 1978 in Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. He received his novice ordination at the age of 12 in 1991 and his higher ordination in 2000. He graduated with a Bachelors of Education Degree from the University of Sri Jayawardenepura in Sri Lanka in 2005. He has tutored at Sri Lanka Vidyalaya in Maradana for 11 years. Because of his excellent abilities in performing religious activities, he was invited to the Great Lakes Buddhist Vihara and has been serving to the community since 2012.