Ven. Bhante Buddharakkhita: Founder and President
Ven. Bhante Buddharakkhita was born and raised in Uganda, Africa. He first encountered Buddhism in 1990 while in India, and he began practicing meditation in 1993. After living in Asia for seven years, Bhante decided to continue his Dhamma practice in the U.S.A. In June 2001, he began monastic training, and in November 2002 he received Higher Ordination by his Preceptor the late Venerable U Silananda at Tathagata Meditation Center, California.
He continued his meditation practice under the guidance of Bhante Gunaratana for eight years at the Bhavana Society, West Virginia. Author of Planting Dhamma Seeds: The Emergence of Buddhism in Africa, and founder of the Uganda Buddhist Center, Uganda, he has been teaching meditation in Africa, Brazil, Europe, Australia, Asia and the United States for more than a decade. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, CA, USA. Also, he sits on the Council of Advisors of the Global Buddhist Relief, New Jersey, USA. He is the founder of Bodhi Education Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization based in Maryland, USA. He appeared on a postage stamp of Japan, in 2008.
Ven. Dhammakami: Vice-President
Ven. Dhammakami (Nampiima Felister) is the mother of Bhante Buddharakkhita. She received her ordination from Ven. Bhante Buddharakkhita October 17, 2008. She is the first Theravada Buddhist nun in Uganda.
Ven. Ashin Adicca: Resident Monk
Born and raised in Pwint Kar, Myanmar, ven. Adicca comes with enormous experience on Buddhism both in practice and academic. He received novice ordination in his early ages while attending his primary education. In 2000, Ven. Adicca received higher ordination. He graduated with a BA (Law) in 2006 from Monyawa University, Sagaing Region.
Under the guidance of Acariya Ven. Adicca in Ye Win monastery, Yinmarbin town, Ven. Adicca learned the Buddhist literature. Between the years 2008- 2011, he was the Abbot & teacher in Yangon temple, Mandalay. In 2014, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Buddhist Studies from Sitagu International Buddhist Academy (SIBA), Myanmar. Besides his academics, he was appointed as the Abbot of Sitagu Santikara for external students at SIBA, and in 2014, he taught at Aung Myae Oo, monastic education, Sagaing Hills.
Ven. Adicca is now the resident monk at the Uganda Buddhist Centre, assisting Ven. Bhante Buddharakkhita with Dhamma activities in Uganda, Africa.
Ven. Sangharakkhita: Resident Monk
Ven. Sagharakkhita first encountered Buddhism in 2013. Between 2014 – 15, he traveled to Sri Lanka and Thailand for monastic training. He ordained April 2017 at the Uganda Buddhist Centre, under the preceptorship of the Most. Ven. Dr. Ashin Nyanissara (Sitagu Sayadaw).
He is now training and receiving guidance under the Most Ven. Bhante Buddharakkhita.
Ven. Dhammarakkhita (a.k.a Oris Sserunjogi)
Ven. Dhammarakkhita was born in 2007. He is a Primary four (P.4) student at St. Adrian Kindergarten & Junior School in Bugabo, Entebbe. He first received his novice ordination in April 2017. Due to the rules at school, which require him to adorn in school uniform, Ven. Dhammarakkhita was forced to disrob until he got school holiday in November.
He quickly asked for ordination from Ven. Adicca in November 2017. Venerable takes his Dhamma studies from Bhante Sangharakkhita and Pali language studies from Ven. Adicca.
He says that:
I feel that it is when I have the opportunity to learn dhamma—the teachings of the Buddha. Through practicing dhamma, I have learned that peace and happiness have to be developed by each individual and then spread it to others. Nobody else can give us peace or even happiness…but we ourselves have to develop within us. It is based on inner peace, inner sympathetic joy that we have the ability to forgive others. Like at times in school, students disturb and abuse me, but I don’t accept their presents because they are worthless. If accept such presents, I will always be miserable. So I choose not to take their presents of abuse and quickly forgive them. I wish that we can all learn to forgive and live together harmoniously.
When asked what his dream is, the young monk retorted that he wants to teach Dhamma to others.
I hope that I will be able to learn Dhamma in its totality, and share it with many people who are suffering by way of teaching so that they can get liberated from the sufferings.