Founder's 154th Birth Anniversary Celebrations
Buddhagaya, Sept 16: Buddhagaya Centre of the Maha Bodhi Society of India is hosting a three-day long event with great enthusiasm to commemorate the 154th Birth Anniversary & 125th Anniversary of World’s Religion of Religions held at Chicago, USA, 1893 by its founder, Ven. Anagarika Dharmapala. On the second day of celebrations, a series of competitions has organized with featuring elocution, Essay writing, Drawing, Speech and Patriotic/Devotional songs contests on 16th September, 2018. There are more than 300 students were participated from 15 schools. The General Secretary of the Maha Bodhi Society of India, Ven P Seewalee Thero was also present at the event  

An International Voluntary Blood Donation camp was organized on the first day to kick-start the three-day long event. Around 50 volunteers including monks, Nuns, Teaching Staffs of Maha Bodhi Vidyapeeth, Students and others were participate in the camp wholeheartedly. 
MBSI delgations visited to Sri Lanka
Kolkata, July 02: Anagarika Dharmapala Trust, Sri Lanka, invited Governing Body members of Maha Bodhi Society of India. The visit took plae from 24th June to 1st July, 2018. The delegates were welcomed warmly at the Airport of Katunayake, Colombo. They also got the opportunity to convey veneration and deep respect to the Most Venerable Mahanayaka Mahathero, Chief monk of the Asgiriya and Malwatter Chapter  Ven. Dr. Bodagama Chandima Nayaka Thero of Manelwatta Temple, Kelaniya and Vice-President of the Maha Bodhi Society of India also extended warm welcome and hospitality to the visiting MBSI delegation. The Trust hosted to two separate receptions where Hon'ble Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, Hon'ble Speaker of  the Parliament of Sri Lanka, Karu Jayasuriya along with other dignataries were present and another one was hosted by the Trust. 
His Excellency, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka was pleased to host a dinner with the delegation along with the Chairman and other trustees of Anagarika Dharmapala Trust. 

The delegation visited Holy places such as Kelaniya, the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy; the Sared Bodhi Tree and Ruwaneweli Maha seya at Anuradhapura and the Gal Vihara at Polonnaruwa amongst other places of Importance. Right throughout the tour the delagates were provided with very comportable accomodation at Star hotels, high quality food and beverages and air conditioned transport with tour guides. 

It was unique gesture of the Trust to strengthen the relationship with the Society to work together in seeving the mankind as per the visions of the founder - Bodhisatva Anagarika Dharmapala.
Headquarters, Kolkata Celebrated
Buddha Jayanti Day on 29th April 2018
The 2562nd Buddha Jayanti was celebrated with due respect by the Maha Bodhi Society of India, Headquarters on 29th April, 2018. Many devotees came to venerate the Thathagata Buddha Sacred Relic that was displayed for public veneration at the Sri Dhammarajika Cetiya Vihara at the Headquarters. This was followed by all day Meditation, Dhamma Teachings, Chanting of the Suttas and Pujas and a Dhamma Sabha.

On 27th April, food packets were distributed to about 500 patients and disabled people at Hospitals and at Care Homes.

On 30th April, Dhamma Talks, Meditation and Puja was conducted with the participation of devotees. 

The Dhamma Teaching and Meditation programmes was conducted by Venerable M Medhankara Thero, Bhikkhu-In-Charge, Headquarters. The resident monks participated in the Pujas.

Headquarters, Kolkata
Flood Relief in 2017
Dry food and clothes were distributed in flood affected areas of Ghatal and Udaynarayanpur in Midnapur and Howrah districts.
Headquarters, Kolkata
2nd Oration of Prof Benimadhab Barua Memorial Lecture
On 30th December 2017 the Second Oration of Prof. Benimadhab Barua Memorial Lecture Series organised by Prof. Benimadhab Barua Foundation was held at the Sumangala Hall. Ven. P. Seewalee Thero, General Secretary, delivered 
the lecture in presence of distinguished guests.
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Founder’s Death Anniversary Celebrated
Apart from Sanghadana and special puja, a meeting was organised on 29th April 2017 to mark the 84th Death Anniversary of the Founder Ven. Anagarika Dharmapala. Ven. H. Saddhathissa Thero, Bhikkhu-in-Charge, Dr. Kailash Prasad, Sri Kiran Lama, Sri N. Dorjee, B.T.M.C. Secretary spoke on life and achievements.

The Vesak Day on 10th May 2017
The sacred day was celebrated in a befitting manner. The Venerable monks, teachers and students of the Mahabodhi Vidhyapeeth joined the procession from the Great Buddha Statue to the Maha Bodhi Maha Vihara and participated in the function held under the Sacred Bodhi Tree.
A session of meditation and Dhamma discourse was arranged in Anagarika Dharmapala Memorial Hall. Before the session sweets were distributed and Sanghadana was offered to the venerable monks. In the evening the Centre premises and its front were colourfully illuminated. Fruits were distributed to hospital patients, Puja and Dhamma-cakkapavattana Suttapath were held at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Vihara.

120th Annual General Meeting of Maha Bodhi Society of India at Buddhagaya 
The 120th Annual General Meeting of Maha Bodhi Society of India was held at its Buddhagaya centre on 16th September 2017. The AGM was preceded by Remembrance Ceremony held in the memory of the services rendered by the departed Dhammaduta members, life members, well-wishers since the foundation of Maha Bodhi Society. Some of the great personalities were remembered: Ven. H. Sumangala Pradhan Nayaka Mahasthavir, Sir Asutosh Mookerjee, Justice Manmatha Nath Mukherjee, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, H.H. Paldan Thondup Namgyal, Mr. P. K. Thungan, Ven. Gunaratana Chandananda Mahanayaka Thera, Ven. Ariyawansa Nayaka Mahathero, Ven. Mapalagama Wipulasara Thero, Ven. Rastrapala Mahathero as President and Anagarika Dharmapala, Brahmachari Devapriya Valisinha, Ven. N. Jinaratana Mahanayaka Thero, Ven. Uruwala Dhammaratana Thero, Ven. P. Gunaratana Thero, Ven. E. Nandissara Mahathero as General Secretaries, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Foster as great benefactor and many others for their great services to MBSI.
The AGM was presided over by Sri Dasho Passang Dorjee. The meeting started with administration of Panchasila by Venerable monks followed by chanting of the anniccavata sankhara – for the reported demise of the members during the year. After due transaction of the business the meeting concluded with vote of thanks to the Chair.

153rd Birth Day of Anagarika Dharmapala
The whole day of the 14th September 2017 was dedicated to the school children programme in which about 164 children from the 14 charitable schools of the locality participated in drawing, speech, essay-writing and devotional song contests designed for presentation on Buddhist theme and particularly on contribution of Anagarika Dharmapala. Prizes were given to the winners of top three position of different categories. All other participants were given consolation prizes.
Venerable monks, dignitaries, guests, pilgrims, tour leaders, teachers and honourable members offered flower bouquets to the statue of founder of the Maha Bodhi Society, Ven. Anagarika Dharmapala on 17th September 2017 at 3.30 p.m. Then the Public meeting was started in the Anagarika Dharmapala Memorial Hall with lighting of the lamp amidst Jayamangala gatha chanting. The welcome song by the students of Maha Bodhi Vidhyapeeth was followed by the welcome speech by Ven. P Seewalee Thero, General Secretary. He said, ‘the founder had taken so much pain in his life-long struggle for the restoration of the Mahabodhi Temple and propagation of Buddhism in the land of its origin – India. He made extensive tours, delivered speeches and called for the unity of the Buddhist World. Among his great works are establishment of the Maha Bodhi Society in May 1891, organising the first Buddhist International Conference at Buddhagaya in October 1891, publication of the “The Maha Bodhi” journal in May 1892, participation in World Religious Congress in Chicago in 1893, building centres of the Maha Bodhi Society at Buddhagaya, Kolkata, Sarnath and other Buddhist places and bring awareness toward the great Buddhist Culture of India. We can assess his stamina and untiring efforts of tireless working through his writings and works. In those days so much amenities and facilities were not available; even then he could do a lot through his firm determination. Today we are living in technically so advanced age that so many places of the world can be covered in a day and message and information can be circulated in minutes. Let us assess ourselves, how much we are doing for the cause of the Dhamma.’
Sri Dasho Passang Dorjee, President and former Speaker of Bhutan in his presidential speech emphasised to strengthen the cultural relation with other Buddhist countries of the world and to work for long lasting values. The Chief Speaker of the meeting was Deshmanya Prof. J. B. Disanayake; the Chief Guest was Hon’ble Mr. Karu Jayasuriya, The Speaker of the Parliament, Sri Lanka; the Guest of Honour was Hon’ble Vijayadasa Rajapaksha, Ex-Minister of Buddha Sasana and Justice, Sri Lanka and H. E. Mrs Chitranganee Wagiswara, High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in India also spoke on some special contributions of Dharmapala on International platforms. The programme was steered by Sri Kiran Lama. Vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Kailash Prasad, G. B. Member. The meeting was attended by Most Ven’ble Napana Perasiri Mahanayaka Thera, Chief of the Ramanna Mahanikaya; Most Ven’ble W. D. Sri Pannananda Nararatana Mahanayaka Thera, Chief Asagiriya chapter; Most Ven’ble N. D. Sri Sangharakshita Vijithasiri Anunayaka Maha Thera of Malawata chapter; Most Ven’ble T. Ananda Mahanayaka Thera, Chief Amarapura Nikaya.
On this occasion three books were released by the dignitaries on the dais, 1. Sambodhi 2017, 2. Venerable Brahmachari Devapriya Valisinghe and 3. Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Foster – Queen of the Empire of Righteousness.

Kathina Civara Dana Ceremony
As usual on the conclusion of Vassavasa a three-day (26 - 28 October 2017) ceremony was organised. The Puja and the Dana were offered on those days after the veneration and worship of the Buddha to over 120 monks. Under the guidance of Ven. P. Seewalee Thero, General Secretary, the Bhikkhu-in-Charge of the Buddhagaya centre Ven. H. Saddhathissa Thera and other resident monks extended great assistance in making the celebration a grand success. The whole celebration was sponsored by Mr. Prashantha Wimalasena, Mrs. Samanthin Wimalasena, Devani, Devanini daughter, Damsith and sons from Pita Kote, Sri Lanka.

Condolence for Ven. G. Prajnananda Maha Thero
On account of the passing away of the reputed scholar monk, Ven. G. Prajnananda Mathathera on 30th November in Lucknow at the age of 89, a condolence meeting was held on 4th December 2017. He was the Centre-in-Charge till the end of his life. The Bhikkhu in Charge Ven. H. Saddhathissa Thera informed that Ven. G. Prajnananda has come to India in 1941 at the age of 13 from Sri Lanka. He was one of the preceptors in the Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s Great Dharma Embracing Ceremony held in 1956. He was the only living monk who played important role in that ceremony. The Government announced his funeral to be held with State Honour at Sravasti.
   In the condolence meeting BTMC Secretary Sri N. Dorjee, MBSI GB Member Dr. Kailash Prasad, Sri Kiran Lama, Sri Ratneswar Chakma, Ven. Varasambodhi Bhikkhu, Ven. Sumedha and many others expressed their condolence for the departed soul.

Three Day Global Conference
      A three day Global Conference from 30th January to 1st February was organised under the auspices of the Maha Bodhi Society of India.
     The Conference was divided into seven sessions and papers were presented by forty scholars from different educational institutions of India and abroad. In his welcome address Ven. P. Seewalee Thero, General Secretary, MBSI, said that due to earnest and right efforts, dedication and self sacrifice in letter and spirit of many great Buddhist leaders, scholars, bhikkhu-bhikkhunis, sympathisers and devotees in the twentieth century, when to some extent the teachings reached the Western Countries, Africa and America in the form of academic activities and spiritual practices.
     The inaugural session was blessed by the presence of the renowned spiritual Master of Thailand Ven. Ajhanh Ariyawasngho with his 40 followers who also chanted the Pali suttas creating powerful effect.
     The session was addressed by Bhikkhuni Dhammananda of Dhammasat University, Thailand and BTMC Secretary Sri N. Dorjee. The well known scholars of Buddhism Prof. Michale Harris, Prof. Andrea Loseries, Prof. Charles Willmen, Prof Angraj Chowdhary, Prof. Sanghasena, Prof. K.T.S. Sarao, Prof. Siddharth Singh, Sri H. B. Chowdhary, Prof. Ram Nakshatra Prasad and others presented their deliberation emphatically.
      The Bhikkhu-in-Charge Ven. H. Saddhathissa Thero, the MBSI GB members Prof. Bimalendra Kumar, Dr. Kailash Prasad, Sri Deepak K. Chowdhary, Sri Kiran Lama were quite instrumental and extended great assistance in making the conference a great success. Dr. Ujjwal Kumar of Calcutta University as a coordinator of the Conference worked very enthusiastically.