Buddhist philanthropists are funding the Rs. 4-crore project

Some Buddhist philanthropists from Malaysia and Singapore are funding the construction of a training centre for monks in Anadur village near Bidar.

The Sri K. Dhammananda memorial bhikkhu training centre will come up on 60 acres on the Bidar-Srirangapatna State highway at a cost of around Rs. 4 crore.

Besides donating money for the project, the Malaysian devotees have been overseeing its construction. A delegation of donors recently visited Anadur to review the progress. In the first phase, a primary school will be established, the structure for which has been completed. A hostel has also been built for the bhikkhus. A Buddha vihara, a mediation hall, and a graduate school will come up in the second phase. The centre will be different from other institutions of religious teaching as the students will be trained in religion along with the government-prescribed syllabus, said chief bhikkhu Dhammananda.

Boys and girls will be admitted at the age of six. They can study up to postgraduate-level before they become fulltime preachers, he informed.

The project was conceived by some Buddhists from Bidar. “We did not want to build just another temple of worship. We wanted to create something that would add to the intellectual enhancement of Buddha's followers,” said Vithal Das Pyage of the Buddhist Society of India

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