Sarnath, also known as holy Isipatana Migadaya is situated in Varanasi District in Uttar Pradesh. Here The Buddha delivered His first sermon known as the Dhamma-Chakka Pavattana Sutta (setting in motion the wheel of Universal Truth) to His first five disciples and began his service of spreading the Dhamma both far and near.
The construction of the Mulagandha Kuti Vihara was taken up by Bodhisatta Anagarika Dharmapala in 1926. At the time he decided to construct this temple, it was the great philanthropist Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Foster, the lady from Hawaii who gave the first financial assistance.
Thereafter, monetary assistance came from his parents, brothers and well-wishers. He personally supervised the construction of this 200 feet high magnificent temple which was inaugurated on 11th November 1931. On the same day the Holy Relics of The Buddha was presented by Rai Bahadur Dayaram Sahni, Director General of Archaeology with a message of the then Viceroy and Governor General of India. The Vihara was decorated with fresco paintings by the world famous Japanese artist Mr. Kosetsu Nosu and his assistant Mr. Kawai.
The founder Bodhisattva Anagarika Dharmapala was ordained as a Buddhist monk here in 1931 where he passed away in 1934. His ashes are enshrined in the ground of the premises. The Sarnath Centre plays a significant role to serve the pilgrims who come to visit the Centre from India and abroad, by providing them assistance to perform their pilgrimage comfortably and peacefully. It also performs social welfare services and educational activities throughout the year.

Address: Maha Bodhi Society of India, Mulagandha Kuti Vihara,
Sarnath Centre, Sarnath-221007, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India,
Tel: 0542-2595955; Email:
Contact : Bhikkhu-in-Charge, Sarnath Centre.

Sixth International Conference 
Pāli & Buddhism 
Role of Pāli in Promoting Cultural Heritage 
November 10-11, 2019
Emerging originally in India, Buddhism quickly spread throughout the Indian sub-continent, moved into southeast Asia, then into Central Asia, on into China, Korea, and Japan. And, as a teaching of Buddha were embraced by the people in very different culture and religious settings, Buddhism itself changed in significant ways, resulting in the enormous teachings and practices among contemporary Buddhists. But, in spite of all the diversity all Buddhist trace their belief and practices, in some sense, back to the awakening of Gautama the Buddha under the Bodhi tree and to the teachings that derive from his experience. We believe that the historical Buddha taught in Māgadhībhāsā. His discourses were compiled together in the very similar language, popularly known as Pāli in modern times. 

Pāli is the only Indic language in which we find a complete set of Buddhist canonical literature and much of it can be traced back to first century BCE or before. It is consensus among scholars that due to the efforts of emperor Asoka and his team, the Buddhadhamma was disseminated to the land of Sīhala first and gradually to the other South and South-east countries in coming centuries. As a result, we share certain common fundamental features in terms of culture, doctrine, shrine, architecture, language, and so on with Indian sub-continent and with South and South-east Asian countries. Many pioneering scholars including Venerable H. Saddhatissa has proved the strong connectivity of Pāli based Buddhism particularly with the culture of with Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Thailand, and Srilanka. Although, Pāli is said to be the dead language by some of the modern scholars such as Jules Bloch and Thomas Burrow but despite of its status as dead language, Pāli is still widely studied because many of the early Buddhist scriptures were written in Pāli and its significant role in developing partnership with other diverse culture at large.
We cannot forget the contribution of Anagarika Dhammapala and other Buddhist scholars in the revival of Pāli based Buddhism in India. Maha Bodhi Society of India is committed for preserving the ancient Buddhist wisdom and promoting Theravada Buddhist culture and practice and has been continuously providing a platform where scholars and practitioners meet together and discuss for the betterment of many.

In this regard, Maha Bodhi Society of India, Sarnath Centre is going to organise the Sixth International Conference on Pāli and Buddhism is going to be convened at Sarnath, the place where the Buddha taught the first sermon. The objective of this conference is to discuss the Role of Pāli in Promoting Cultural Heritage, as a main theme, and to come up with innovative ideas how to promote, renovate, and preserve early Buddhist thought as directed the historical Buddha.
10-Day Workshop on Basics of Pāli Language
Maha Bodhi Society of India, Sarnath Centre is pleased to announce a 10-Day workshop on Basics of Pāli Language. Pāli is the only Indic Language in which we find a complete set of Buddhist canonical literature and much of it can be traced back to first century BCE or before. A student of Pāli, therefore, has access to some of the oldest extant materials in Buddhism. This course focuses exclusively on basics of Pāli Language and in the process helping the student to understand contexts of the text. 
The materials are selected in such a way that the student also gains an appreciation of linguistic features of early and later phases of Pāli canonical and post-canonical 
literature. Workshop will be in an interactive mode and the language of instruction will be Hindi and English. 

Class Schedule: December 23, 2018 to January 03, 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Fee: Free of Cost

Organized by
International Pāli Institute
Maha Bodhi Society of India, Sarnath Centre
(Ven. Dr. K. Medhankara Thero,
Joint Secretary – Maha Bodhi Society of India &
Bhikkhu-in-Charge, Sarnath Centre)
Venue: Office, Maha Bodhi Society of India, Sarnath Centre
2563th Buddha Jayanti at Mulagandha Kuti Vihara