The Anagarika Dharmapala

From the age of 21 years, the young Don David called himself the Angarika ("the homeless one") and began a new phase of his life as a renunciant, i.e. a life betwixt that of a lay individual and a monk.

He took up residence at the Buddhist Theosophical Society in Colombo and worked tirelessly to promote the work for the betterment of society and the promulgation of Buddhism.



Our Mission

The Anagarika Dharmapala Trust has been responsible for continuing the work of the Anagarika Dharmapala by carrying the message of the Buddha to India, Britain and other countries by sending Bhikkhu missionaries on Dhammadutha (Buddhist missionary) service.

It also supports the Maha Bodhi Societies of Sri Lanka, India and Britain, and the viharas (temples), centres and pilgrims’ rests that are under its management. In Sri Lanka, the Trust manages a Free Ayurvedic Hospital in Colombo; finances and supports temples, conducts an Education programme for novice Bhikkhus (samanera monks); manages orphanages and schools; prints and publishes Buddhist Literature, and implements such matters as are provided for in the Trust Deed.


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Photo gallery

We are almost ready to launch a series of valuable, historical images of Anagarika Dharmapala soon. You can get a glimpse here of some of those images for the moment.