Island Hermitage on (Polgasduwa) Dodanduwa Island, Galle District, Sri Lanka is a famous Buddhist forest monastery founded by Ven. Nyanatiloka Mahathera in 1911. It has an excellent English and German library. It is a secluded place for Buddhist monks to study and meditate in the Buddhist tradition.
The Island Hermitage was the first centre of Theravāda Buddhist study and practice set up by and for Westerners. Its many prominent residents, monks and laymen, studied Theravada Buddhism and the Pali language, made translations of Pali scriptures, wrote books on Theravada Buddhism and practised meditation. The Island Hermitage once formed an essential link with Theravāda Buddhism in the West.
Since 2003 the hermitage is run by a group of young Sri Lankan monks who are very strict. There are currently no Western monks present.
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1936 moved to Sri Lanka, Island Hermitage, where he was ordained as a Buddhist monk by Ven. 1994 died at the Forest Hermitage outside of Kandy, Sri Lanka ... had established a monastery for Western Monks on an island lagoon (opposite the Railway station) Polgasduwa, Dodanduwa named Island Hermitage ...
... From Koṇḍañño, Nyanatiloka heard about an abandoned jungle island in a lagoon at the nearby village of Dodanduva that would be a suitable place for a hermitage ... After inspecting the snake-infested island and getting approval of the local population, five simple wooden huts were built ... the full moon of July), Nyanatiloka and his companions moved to the Island ...
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