Sambodhi – a bilingual annual publication was started in the year 1990 from the Buddhagaya Centre of the Maha Bodhi Society of India. ‘Sambodhi’ – has been referred as a name of the place by the greatest Buddhist Emperor Asoka the as visiting Sambodhi- the place of Enlightenment for offering veneration. Bodhi literally means the Enlightenment and ‘Sam’ the prefix to the word Bodhi means Perfect, Right, Balanced, good etc. In the ancient texts, the place was known as ‘Uruvela’ before the coming of the Buddha to this region. The Mahavamsa – a Sri Lankan chronicle mentions the meaning of Uruvela – “Uru ti baluka Uccati, bela ti mariyada” ‘the sacred sandy land’ situated by the side of river Niranjana. Hence, ‘Sambodhi’ name for journal from Buddhagaya Centre of MBSI was thought to be most suitable one. This thought for bringing out a journal from Buddhagaya was initiated by then Bhikkhu In-Charge of Buddhagaya Centre, Most Venerable Bulathasinghala Pannarama Mahathero, who headed the Centre for about 25 years and breathed his last in Sri Lanka in year 1995 being in the position of Bhikkhu-In-Charge of Buddhagaya. His disciple Dr. Kailash Prasad is continuing his services as editing the journal since its inception.
The successor Bhikkhu in-Charges Ven. M. Wimalasara Thero, Ven. P. Seewalee Thero, Ven. K. Medhankara Thero, Ven. H. Saddhathissa Thero – all have been quite instrumental and supportive in bringing out the journal during their headship of the Buddhagaya Centre.
Highly reputed scholars of Buddhism from India and abroad have contributed their articles in this journals. The journal Sambodhi accepts fresh treatment on any aspects of Buddhism, lest it not hurt the sentiments the followers of the great teacher and the Dhamma.
Sambodhi has continued till date except few breaks. The annual issue is released on the eve of the every Birth Anniversary Celebration of the founder, Bodhisattva Anagarika Dharmapala.
For publication please send article address to Editor, Sambodhi, Maha Bodhi Society of India, Buddhagaya Centre,
Jayasri Maha Bodhi Vihara Buddhagaya, 824231. Bihar. India,
Tel. 06331-220742. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org