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International Buddhist Monastery, Dhaka


A Brief note on the constitution of Bangladesh Buddhist Federation And Establishment of International Buddhist Monastery, Dhaka


After the liberation war of 1971 a new country, Republic of Bangladesh, appeared on the world map and the city of Dhaka became its capital. As the capital of Country, Dhaka became the nerve center of all Govt. activities. Economic, commercial and educational institutions began to grow in the capital. To avail of all there facilities many Buddhist from all over the country began to gather in the capital and Buddhist Monastery of the Sangharaj Nikayas of the Buddhists was keenly felt. The necessity became more urgent as many Buddhists of South and South East Asian countries came to Dhaka for business and other purposes. They wanted to visit Buddhist Monastery to perform religious rites.

Buddhist Countries like Sri-Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Japan, Bhutan, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and South Korea etc.  Established their High Commissions and Embassies and Hon’ble High Commissioners and Ambassadors and officers of the chanceries wanted to offer religious rites in the Monasteries, keeping all these factors in consideration. The leaders of Buddhist community in Dhaka decided in a General meeting in 1984 to establish the International Buddhist Monastery at a place near to Diplomatic Zone to cater the need of both local and foreign Buddhist Nationals.

To give a concrete shape to the idea a High Powered Committed of the Buddhist leaders of Dhaka was establish with the title of Bangladesh Buddhist Federation in 1984. Mr. M L Barua, a retired Deputy Secretary of the Govt. of Bangladesh, now heads the Executive committee of the Federation with Vice President Mr. Biswapati Barua, a retired Joint Secretary of Govt. Mr. D B Choudhury Barua an retired Chief Engineer, two Dhaka University Professors Dr. Sumangal Barua and Dr. Sukomal Barua, Mr. D P Barua, retired Managing Director and Chief Editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Shangshta (BSS) and Acting Abbot Ven. Buddhananda Mahathera, Deputy Chief Abbot Rev. Bhikkhu Sunandapriya of International Buddhist Monastery and others as members.

With the untiring effort of the members of the executive committee and general members of Bangladesh Buddhist Federation and wholehearted financial and physical cooperation of all concerned, the Federation purchased a plot of land at Merul Badda and constructed a semi-pacca Monastery in 1989. Local people irrespective of caste and creed and many kind hearted foreigners contributed generously, in the establishment of the present Monastery Govt. of the appeal of Republic of Bangladesh also gave come grants from time to time. The Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Shaikh Hasina was gracious enough to order the grand the one Bigha of land adjacent to the Monastery free of cost.

As we have a lost got the land, Plan, design and estimate of Taka 10 (ten) core have been prepared to construct a multistoried building to accommodate the main temple with other facilities. The Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation of International Buddhist Monastery at Mural Badda on the occasion of the auspicious Kathina Cibara Dana of 2000. The Bangladesh Buddhist Federation takes the opportunity to seek patronization, moral and financial assistant of all generous Buddhist of generous Buddhist of the Country and abroad.

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