13 Facts About Anagarika Dharmapala


Anagarika Dharmapala was born on 17 September 1864 in Colombo, Ceylon to Don Carolis Hewavitharana of Hiththetiya, Matara and Mallika Dharmagunawardhana, who were among the richest merchants of Ceylon at the time.


Anagarika Dharmapala attended Christian College, Kotte; St Benedict's College, Kotahena; S Thomas' College, Mutwal and the Colombo Academy.


Anagarika Dharmapala felt that the observance of all the vinaya rules would get in the way of his work, especially as he flew around the world.


Anagarika Dharmapala eventually broke with Olcott and the Theosophists because of Olcott's stance on universal religion.


The young Anagarika Dharmapala helped Colonel Olcott in his work, particularly by acting as his translator.


Anagarika Dharmapala did not hesitate to lay the chief blame for the decline of Buddhism in India at the door of Muslim fanaticism.


Anagarika Dharmapala consoled her using Buddhist techniques; in return, she granted him an enormous donation of over one million rupees.


Anagarika Dharmapala is an excellent example of a Buddhist modernist, and perhaps the paradigmatic example of Protestant Buddhism.


Anagarika Dharmapala was particularly concerned with presenting Buddhism as consistent with science, especially the theory of evolution.


At this early stage of his career, Anagarika Dharmapala was concerned with making Buddhism palatable to his Western audience.


Anagarika Dharmapala must be understood in the context of British colonization of Ceylon and the presence of Christian missionaries there.


Anagarika Dharmapala illustrated the first three points in a public speech:.


Anagarika Dharmapala died on 29 April 1933 at the Mulagandhakuti Viharaya in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, India.