Ven. Puhulwelle Vipassi
Thera passes away
Buddhist prelate of Brazil, Ven. Dr. Puhulwelle
Vipassi Nayake Thera passed away at the City Hospital in Birmingham
after a brief illness.
Born at Puhulwella in Matara on May 24 1937, he
was ordained as a novice monk at the age of 15 at the Sri Sunandaramaya
in Galboda under the patronage of Chief Sanghanayaka the Most Ven.
Parawahera Devananda Nayake Thera. Educated at Purvãrãma
Instiute of Kirinda he received his secondary education from Sri
Sudarshi University College, Matara and oriental studies from Vidyodaya
Pirivena in Colombo.
He was a lecturer at Gangaramaya, Sri Gnaneswara
University College in Colombo until he took up a post as lecturer
of Páli and English in the Chittabhavan University College
in Thailand. He headed of the Department of Páli and English
of this university.
He was a visiting lecturer in Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, the United
States, and the United Kingdom before he became the Abbot of the
Monastery of the Buddhist Society of Rio De Janeiro in Brazil.
While he was in the UK he secured his Ph.D for
Buddhist Philosophy from the University of Hull.
The Venerable Thera’s body will lie at Stephen
M. Godbeer Ltd. in Birmingham, till Wednesday November 1.
Funeral will take place at 4.15 pm in Perry Barr
Crematorium at 389, Walsall Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham, B42 2LR.
Tel: 0102 344 7880.