Welcome to Dhammanusari

The Dhammanusari Group was formed by a group of devotees of the Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple in 2008 under the leadership of the temple's resident monk, Bhante K. Rathanasara, an experienced and well respected Teacher.

The primary objective of Dhammanusari, or Followers of the Dhamma, is to propagate Buddhism through the learning and practising of the teachings of the Buddha.

What Am "I"?


I think it is true to say most people do not know what they are, and do not even want to know. They identify themselves with the body, with their actions, feelings and ideas. “I am” is a reality to them and it is because of this self-identification that dukkha is experienced in one form or another.

Let us consider the question “What am I?” At a superficial level of understanding we appear to be a permanent entity, but this is due to the apparent compactness of our being, and it is not until we begin to closely observe ourselves during meditation practice that we see there are two distinct things involved in our being. They are the mind (nama) and the body (rupa). We observe that the mind and body are interdependent, one cannot exist without the other. In a further process of analysis we discover that the body, or material form, consists of four elements which are called the Great Elements (mahabhuta), that is, solidity or extension (pathavi), fluidity or cohesion (apo), heat (tejo) and air or motion (vayo).

What is Buddhism?


Buddhism as a religion does not separate itself from the other religions of the world. It does not claim monopoly over truth, dogmatically maintaining that it alone is the truth and everything else is false.

From a Buddhist point of view, different religions are only different forms or just one universal pursuit of mankind. It is the pursuit of mental perfection. Wherever human beings are found, religion is practiced in some form or other. Religion is in the psychology of human beings just as music is. Just as in different cultures music takes different forms, in different cultures religion too takes different forms; these differences are only superficial, like a difference in style of dress.