Existing structures in 2010

Meeting with the
Venerables in 2010

The Temple land ready for development

Official Opening of
Monks' Quarters

Sooriyapokuna Rajamaha Viharaya,
Uswewa, Tangalle


Building the Sooriyapokuna Rajamaha Viharaya is the latest project undertaken by Metta Buddhist Centre. In 2010 the villagers of Uswewa approached Ven. W. Ratanasiri Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the Metta Buddhist Centre for advice and assistance to build a temple on a site where an ancient temple once stood at Uswewa, Sooriyapokuna, Tangalle. The villagers hoped that a new temple can be built at the site to enable them to carry out their religious activities. The temple land was abandoned years ago and is now overgrown with scrub.

Ven. W. Ratanasiri agreed to help the villagers and a ground breaking ceremony was held on 26th June 2010. A year later, on 16th June 2011, a Vihara together with monks’ quarters was completed and officially opened by Ms. Amy Ong, a member of Ti-Sarana Buddhist Association, Singapore. The Vihara and monks’ quarters was built in memory of her late father, Mr Ong Thian Bin.

A 100-ft Pagoda is also being constructed at the site and work should be completed in 2013. Construction of the Pagoda is sponsored by Reverend Ong Chong Hock, Chief Incumbent of Kwang Hua Buddhist Monastery, Singapore and his devotees.

A Vihara which can accommodate a congregation of 300 devotees is now being built.

We welcome sponsors to help build the following facilities:

1. Dhamma Sala (Preaching Hall)
2. Meeting rooms and a Library
3. Residence for visiting monks
4. Kuti (huts) for monks, nuns and lay people
5. Toilet facilities for visitors
6. Fence with concrete post and barb wires
7. Installation of lighting and electricity
8. Landscaping
9. Installation of public address system for sermons


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