The Teacher

About The Teacher- Bhante Kassapa

Bhante Kassapa is the founder of Rockhill hermitage, an international Theravada Tadition Vipassana Meditation and Dhamma study centre in Sri Lanka. He is a disciple of the Most Venerable Agar Maha Panditha Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Maha Nayaka Maha Thera. This renowned Sri Lanka monk was one of the great spiritual figures of the 20th century whose spiritual message touched the lives of people from many religious backgrounds. He was respected and loved in both the Buddhist and non-Buddhist world. He passed away in July 1998 at almost 102. His teaching is continued by his disciples.

Bhante Kassapa is a very senior teacher and has taught in many meditation centers around the world - Australia, Denmark, England, Germany, India, New Zealand and The Netherlands. He has lectured in both local and international universities and at the Monash Medical Centre (Melbourne, Australia)

Bhante has participated in many national and international events including the inaugural Australasian Buddhist Convention(2002)and the visit of the Dalai Lama to Australia(2002), during which he was invited to participate in the panel discussions with the audience. He attended an Interfaith Forum, sponsored by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Australia in response to the events of September 11, 2001. The Vipassana Insight Meditation Foundation (VIMF) and Dhamma study group was initiated by Bhante in Melbourne, Australia.

Under his guidance, the group continues to function and expand its membership, despite his return to Sri Lanka. He remains a consultant in meditation in the palliative care programmed at the Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre, Melbourne. Under Bhante's guidance, about 15 Westerners and another 15 Sinhala monks have been ordained at Rockhill Monastery while 10 women became Buddhist Nuns (Dasa Sil Mathas).

Introduction

The Ananda maitreya International dhamma Duta project was established in 1998 to honor the life and work of one of the great spiritual figures of the 20th century.

The Ananda Maitreya International Dhamma Duta project was established in 1998 to honour the life and work of one of the great spiritual figures of the 20th century - the Most Venerable Agga Maha Panditha Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Maha Thera. This renowned Sri Lankan monk who was respected and loved the world over, passed away in July 1998 at the age of 102.

His spiritual message touched the lives of people from many religious backgrounds. Before he passed away the Ven. Ananda Maitreya entrusted the continuation of his teaching to his disciple, Ven. Polpitiye Kassapa (Bhante).

BIODATA OF LECTURER

Ven. Bhante Kassapa

Chief Monk and Principal Teacher of Ringwood
International Buddhist Study & Meditation Centre (R.B.C.)

Founder, Ananda Maitreya International Dhamma
Duta Project Kandy, Sri Lanka - Melbourne

Patron & Principal Teacher, Vipassana Insight Meditation Foundation Melbourne Australia
Meditation Consultant, Austin Repatriation Medical Centre

Chief Monk, Rockhill Hermitage - Meditation & Dhamma Study Centre, Udunuwara, Wegirikanda,
Hondiyadeniya, via Gampola, Sri Lanka