Photo Essay and Panorama on Buddhist Maha Vihara.

Brickfields Buddhist Temple.

Main ShrineThe Buddhist Maha Vihara is located in an old settlement area called Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur. During the early day of Kuala Lumpur this area was a large clay pit famous for the production of quality bricks. That was how it got the name Brickfields. Now the clay pit is gone replacing it are rows and rows of buildings and houses. This area is now officially renamed as Tun Sambanthan. However many people in Kuala Lumpur still refer to it as Brickfields.

During the 1890s the Sinhalese community in Kuala Lumpur formed the first Theravada society International Buddhist pagoda -- old lookknown as the Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society or SAWS in Brickfields. Its original purpose was to provide a place to practise Buddhism for the immigrants brought in from Ceylon by the British Administration to develop the colonial Malayan Civil Service. For many years the premises of the the Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society was commonly referred to as the Brickfields Buddhist Temple. The official name now is Buddhist Maha Vihara however many local folks still call it the Brickfields Buddhist Temple in various local dialects.

Bodhi TreeIn the last 50 years under the leadership of Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda the Brickfields Buddhist Temple has become the Brickfields Buddhist Maha Vihara of today. Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda came to Malaysia in 1952 at the age of 32. After arriving in Malaysia Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda envisioned the need for proper facilities and the right environment for the Malaysian Buddhist Community to practise Buddhism. With that vision he set upon himself a mission to create the appropriate environment and condition for the Buddhist community in Malaysia. Thanks to Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda's dedication, determination and effort. The Buddhist Maha Vihara is now a major Buddhist Community CentreInternational Buddhist Pagoda in Kuala Lumpur as well as in Malaysia.

The SAWS or Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society manage all activities and facilities in the Brickfields Buddhist Maha Vihara. Other than the Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society, the Brickfields Buddhist Maha Vihara is also home to other Buddhist Societies sharing the same objectives as SAWS. These include the Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia and their affiliated, the World Fellowship of Buddhist(Selangor) Regional Centre and the Buddhist Monks Training Centre.

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Reference site.

 * Buddhist Maha Vihara's official website --
 * Ven. Dr. K Sri Dhammananda's official website --
 * A popular book on Buddhism by Venerable Dr. K Sri Dhammananda --
      What Buddhist Believe  (PDF format, file size 3Mb)
 * The Words of Truth or The Dhammapada, an English edition by K. Sri Dhammananda
 * The Dhammapada: The Buddha's Path of Wisdom translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita.
       (PDF format, file size 240Kb)
Address and contact for Buddhist Maha Vihara Brickfield;

Buddhist Maha Vihara
123 Jalan Berhala, Brickfields
50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia .
Tel: +60-3-2274 1141      Fax: +60-3-2273 2570
E-Mail: info @
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