|Occupation||(formerly a physician), Buddhist monk|
|Known for||Buddhist teacher, author, monk|
|Home town||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
Bhante Madewela Punnaji (b. November 26, 1929) is from Sri Lanka and is a scholar of the Pali Canon and also has extensive studies in science, medicine, and western psychology. He wrote the Foreword to author Dr. David N. Snyder's Buddha's Lists and has written and presented several other articles around the globe as well.
Born Pushpananda Madawela, Ven. Punnaji began meditating when he was five years old . As he grew up in Sri Lanka, he began getting interested in Buddhism while other children were starting school.
Academically, he went on to medical school to become a general practicioner, where his name was Dr. Pushpanda Madawela. Ten years later, the doctor changed his name to Ven. Madawela Punnaji and then changed aspirations to become a monk. In 1968, Rev. Madihe Pannaseela at Sri Vajiragnana Dharmaya Ayathanaya, Sri Lanka, ordained the now Ven. Punnaji as a monk.
Ven. Punnaji's ancestry traces to Herat Mudiyanselage Madawela Basnayake Nilame (1830), whose son was Sri Lankan politician Godfrey Edward Madawela (1878 - 1932). Ven. Punnaji's brother is Godfrey Ernest Madawela, pictured here.
Teacher at the Buddhist Maha Vihara
After the passing of the late Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda at the Brickfields Malaysian Buddhist Maha Vihara , Venerable Punnaji traveled there to give the eulogy for K. Sri Dhammandana and was such a good a teacher of the Dhamma that he was asked to stay, which he did.
Relations to Vipassana Foundation and Dhamma Wiki
- Article about Bhante Punnaji
- Buddha's Lists (foreward by Punnaji)
- "A scientific approach to religion" - Ven. Punnaji says there is a correlation between Western psychology and Buddhism
- Buddhism as a Psychotherapy - An article Ven. Punnaji wrote
- http://www.protobuddhism.com/joomla/ A website with access to his teachings