The introduction of Mahayana Buddhism imposed various challenges on Theravada Buddhism although they remain to be two broader dimensions of Buddhism today. As means of spreading the words of Buddhism in English, Mohan Lal Grero, Managing Director of Lyceum International Schools has taken the initiative to teach monks and bhikkunis in temples. Therefore, monks and bhikkunis in temples around the island will participate in this initiative which is done free-of-charge. Currently in its 10th consecutive year which commenced recently, meals (gilan pasa and dahawal daané) and materials too are provided in addition to the courses.
The courses are conducted under the supervision of Shane Blok and Upul Grero. With over nine years of experience in his teaching career, Upul Grero is pleased to announce several progressive changes in this programme this year. “The monks and bhikkunis who attended the past few courses were able to preach bana in English, he said.
“Therefore we decided to introduce quicker methods of teaching in order to benefit the attendees.
Mohan Lal Grero has been involved with religious activities for quite a long time. While he was away he was interested in developing this concept in Sri Lanka so that the monks in this country could carry the message forward. This is why this programme took a newer outlook this year.” Monks and bhikkunis could attend this course irrespective of their age as it caters to a wider group. “There’s no age requirement to learn a second language,” Grero said further. “What is required is their dedication. Over 2000 monks and bhikkunis have attended this course over the past nine years. Most of them have gone overseas to countries such as Thailand, Canada, Burma and Australia to commence their activities there.”