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The venerable monk Bhante Seelawansa (Ven. Dr. Wijayarajapura Seelawansa Maha Thero) is the Chief Patron of Hamburg Buddhist Association and of the Austrian Buddhist (Theravada) Association in Salzburg. He is a visiting professor at the University Kelaniya in Sri Lanka and at the University of Vienna. In addition Bhante Seelawansa is active in several advisory boards for different organizations such as the Sri Naga Piriven Vihara School in Sri Lanka, the Academy for Buddhism and Christianity Vienna and the Buddhist and Pali College of Vienna. He is a highly respected expert and a welcome guest in interreligious and interdisciplinary discussions and scientific seminars.
Bhante Seelawansa was born in Polonnaruwa, a small village in Sri Lanka. At the very young age of 10 he felt the desire to lead a spiritual life; accordingly he entered the Theravada Buddhist order in 1964. While he studied at the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka, he learned to speak English and German. After graduation he worked as a teacher for a Buddhist School in Sri Lanka.
In 1982 Bhante Seelawansa immigrated to Austria where he started to study at the University of Salzburg. He continued his studies at the University of Vienna where he received his Doctor Degree of philosophy in 1992. Since then he is based in Vienna, from where he coordinates a wide range of tasks. He regularly travels back to Sri Lanka where he does charitable work in different regions. In the summer of 2007 Bhante Seelawansa was awarded for his good deeds and received the Titel «Europa Mahadvipa Dhammadatu Sanghapati» in Sri Lanka.