Ven. Dr. Yatagama Dhammapala Thera rendered yeoman service -
In a condolence message, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said he was
deeply shocked after hearing the passing away of Parivenadhipathi of
Balagalla Saraswathi Pirivena Prwachana Visharadha Dharmakeerthi Sri
Most Ven. Dr. Yatagama Dhammapala Anunayaka Thera.
The message: "The Ven. Thera was born on November 27, 1929 and
ordained in 1941. He obtained higher ordination in 1951. The Thera has
also obtained a degree on Philosophy from Peradeniya University and a
doctorate from the London University.
He was a teacher of Pihibiyagollewa Vidyalaya, Medawachchciya, Senior
Lecturer attached to Pali and Buddhist Studies of the Peradeniya
University and the Chief of the Saraswathi institute of the Sri Lanka
Buddhist and Pali University.
Dhammapala Thera who became the Registrar of Sri Lanka Ramanna Maha
Nikaya rendered a tremendous service the well-being of the Bhikkus of
the Nikaya. He gave leadership to the religious activities of over 3,000
temples come under the purview of Sri Lanka Ramanna Nikaya.
The Thera also dedicated his time for social activities in his area.
As the Viharadhipathi of Balagalla Saraswathi Piriven Viharaya, he was
instrumental in constructing a cetiya, Dana Shalawa and resting
facilities for Bhikkus within the Vihara premises.