Henepola Gunaratana
Born 1927
Sri Lanka
Nationality USA
Education Ph.D.
Occupation Buddhist monk, founder and abbot of Bhavana Society
Known for Buddhist teacher
Home town West Virginia, USA
Religion Buddhism, Theravada

Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, Ph.D. (1927- ) was born in Sri Lanka and ordained at the age of 12. He attended colleges and universities in Sri Lanka and the U.S., culminating in a Ph.D. degree. He is the founder and abbot of Bhavana Society in West Virginia, USA. He is one the leaders in Buddhism pushing for bhikkhuni reinstatement and he has personally ordained many women with the full ordination. He has written many bestselling Dhamma books and leads retreats around the world.

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