ABOUT US

Adelaide Sri Lanka Buddhist Vihara Inc. (ASBV), a not-for-profit organization, was established in 1996 to promote Theravada Buddhism and has gradually turned out to be the solitary community hub representing the culturally diverse Sri Lankans in South Australia. ASBV engages in a broad scale of Dhamma activities including conduction of Dhamma sermons as well as Seela and Bhavana (meditation) programs for the benefit of both Sri Lankan and non-Sri Lankan communities in South Australia. ASBV also offers a comprehensive education program including linguistic, cultural and religious components to children in the community through its Ethnic School (Sinhala Buddhist School), which is registered under the Ethnic Schools Association of South Australia. Moreover, aspiring to be a community hub in South Australia, ASBV extends a plethora of non-religious volunteer services such as counselling, community awareness programs and charity work and reaches out to the wider Australian community irrespective of their cultural, ethnic or religious dissimilarities in view of fostering cross-cultural relationships and promoting multiculturalism in the state as well as the country at large.

RESIDENT MONKS

Several volunteer Theravada Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka have been residing in the temple since its establishment. Currently there are two Theravada Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka residing in the temple and volunteering their service to conform not only the mundane and also spiritual religious necessities of both Sri Lankan and non-Sri Lankan Buddhist community living in Adelaide.

He has so far been the longest serving volunteer resident monk of the ASBV having resided in the temple continuously since 2000 and relentlessly serving the community. Venerable U Sumedha Thero is also the Principal of the Ethnic School, Sinhala Buddhist School, which is registered  under the Ethnic Schools Association of South Australia, SA and affiliated with the Ethnic Schools Association, SA and renders a relentless service in promoting Sri Lankan culture and Sinhala language in particular and multiculturalism of Australia in general among children.

Venerable Shasthrapathi,

UDAGABBALA SUMEDHA THERO

Chief Incumbent of Adelaide Sri Lanka Buddhist Vihara

Venerable Shasthrapathi,

Udagabbala Sumedha Thero

Venerable Shasthrapathi,

Udagabbala Sumedha Thero

Venerable Shasthrapathi,

Udagabbala Sumedha Thero

ASBV MANAGEMENT

Several volunteer Theravada Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka have been residing in the temple since its establishment. Currently there are two Theravada Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka residing in the temple and volunteering their service to conform not only the mundane and also spiritual religious necessities of both Sri Lankan and non-Sri Lankan Buddhist community living in Adelaide.

Management Committee

MANAGEMENT GUIDES​

CONSTITUTION

HISTORY OF ASBV

A handful of Buddhist devotees of the Sri Lankan community living in Adelaide gathered on the full moon Poya Day of Poson (June) 1996 and had an historical meeting to discuss the establishment of Adelaide Sri Lanka Buddhist Vihara Inc (ASBV). As a result of their indefatigable effort, it was possible to register the temple on the 14th of June 1996 and to open the ASBV at 13 Gardiner Avenue, in St Morris on the 12th of April 1997.

After two and half years, the ASBV was then moved to 13 Brookside Road in Athelstone, South Australia in September 1999. Our current Chief Incumbent, Venerable Udagabbala Sumedha Thero has been working continuously since 2000 effectively becoming the longest serving resident monk of ASBV.

Having successfully fulfilled the requirements of the Ethnic Schools Board, South Australia (ESB, SA) the ASBV managed to register its affiliated Ethnic School, Sinhala Buddhist School (SBS) on 26th October 1999. SBS is also a member of the Ethnic Schools Association, SA (ESA, SA) at present. With its humble beginning alongside a handful of children, today SBS has developed to be one of the premier Ethnic Schools in SA providing linguistic and cultural educational support to approximately 175 children who represent the multicultural diversity of SA. These children aged 5 years and above study in SBS classes ranging from Reception to SACE under the guidance and supervision of ESB accredited teachers.

As a consequence of the relentless dedication and profuse magnanimity shown by the members of the ASBV and their well-wishers including Sri Lankan as well as non-Sri Lankan community in South Australia, Australia and overseas, the ASBV was ultimately able to successfully finalize the settlement of the property at No. 8 James Street Crafers on Tuesday the 31st August 2015.

Saturday the 05th September 2015 was an historical day for the ASBV. With the blessings and under the patronage of our Chief Incumbent Ven. Udagabbala Sumedha Thero a simple but an apropos ceremony was organized by the ASBV management committee to symbolize the acquisition and gaining official access to the new property.[Open Day]