About Us . . .

SIBA is a project of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) and was initiated with the blessings of the Most Venerable Prelates of both the Malwatta and Asgiriya Chapters of Siyam Nikaya of the Buddhist Sangha in Sri Lanka, by Hon. Pradeep Nilanga Dela, the Chief Lay Custodian or the Diyawadena Nilame of Sri Dalada Maligawa. Established in February 2009, it acquires its singular significance and uniqueness particularly among Sri Lankans and Buddhists in general due to its association with Sri Dalada Maligawa. Sri Dalada Maligawa is the most venerated Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. It is here that the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined. The Temple is famous for its carvings and beautiful paintings that are unique to Sri Lanka. The most important part of the Sri Dalada Maligawa is the octagon (Paththirippuwa), built by the last King of Sri Lanka. Thousands of people line up every day to venerate this Temple and have a glimpse of its majesty. The Academy is mainly funded by Sri Dalada Maligawa, and is also partly funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Sri Lanka. For its further expansion and maintenance, the Academy expects to receive the generous support of both local and foreign donors and well-wishers.


Dr.Upali M. Sedere
B.Ed(hons.) Cey, M.A. & Ph.D (lowa), Fulbright Scholar
Education Sector Specialist



Mar.23, 2013

SIBA Journal Volume - 2

Oct.07, 2013

"International Exchange of Buddhism in Global Context"

May.16, 2013