Ven. Dhammakami

Ven. Dhammakami (Nampiima Felister) is the mother of Bhante Buddharakkhita. She received her ordination from Ven. Bhante Buddharakkhita October 17, 2008. She is the first Theravada Buddhist nun in Uganda.

Venerable Saddharakkhita

A former barber, he discovered refuge and purpose in Buddhism, which led him on a path towards monkhood. In 2021, his life took a profound turn as he embraced the teachings of the Buddha and dedicated himself to a life of service and awakening.

Before joining the Uganda Buddhist Centre, Venerable Saddharakkhita had been a frequent visitor to the temple, attending services almost every Sunday. He developed a keen interest in the teachings, finding peace and inspiration in the ancient wisdom. His dedication and sincerity caught the attention of the resident monks, who recognized his earnest pursuit of spiritual growth.

In 2022, Venerable Saddharakkhita’s commitment and devotion were further acknowledged when he was ordained as a novice monk. This symbolic step marked the beginning of his formal monastic training and introduced him to the rigors of monastic life.

Recently, in a significant milestone in his spiritual journey, Venerable Saddharakkhita, along with another monk, received higher ordination at the Burmese Buddhist Temple in Singapore. This “upasampada” or higher ordination is a crucial step in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, signifying a monk’s full acceptance into the monastic Sangha and granting them the authority to teach and lead others on the path of awakening.

Venerable Sangharakkhita

Since 2020, Sangharakkhita (a.k.a Ssekajja Andrew) has been a devoted resident at the Temple, where his contributions extend beyond the meditation Buddhist study. As a diligent caretaker, he has been responsible for maintaining the pristine condition of the temple and its tranquil compound. His commitment to his duties reflects his profound reverence for the spiritual space that nurtured his own journey towards higher ordination.

Ssekajja possesses a unique skill set in Karate and Martial Arts. This martial background has not only brought him strength and resilience but also instilled in him a deep sense of humility and respect for all living beings.

Ssekajja’s devotion to Buddhism has influenced his family life as well. His son, one of the 19 novices at UBC, follows in his father’s footsteps, embracing the same path of wisdom and compassion.
He received higher ordination July 2023 at Burmese Buddhist Temple in Singapore. The significance of this milestone cannot be overstated, as the “upasampada” ceremony marks the culmination of years of spiritual preparation and the full acceptance of a monk into the monastic community.

Our Visiting Monastics

Venerable Ashin Pandicca

Venerable Ashin Pandicca, born on July 11, 1991, in Nay Pyi Daw, Tatkon Township, Gwe Bin Village, Myanmar, is a respected monk renowned for his dedication to Buddhist study and teaching. His parents, U Win and Daw Pyone, instilled in him a deep reverence for the Dhamma from an early age.

At the age of 13, he was ordained as a novice monk by Sayardaw U Nandiya in Native Town. Recognizing his commitment to the path of Dhamma, he pursued his highest ordination at the age of twenty, receiving ordination from respected monks including Sayadaw U Jatila, Sayadaw U Sīlācāra, and others in Yangon, Thaketa Township, in 2010.

Venerable Pandicca has devoted himself to both traditional monastic education (Pariyatti) and academic studies. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Buddhist Studies in English at the Sitagu Buddhist Academy in Yangon in 2018, followed by a Master’s degree in the same field at Kelaniya University in Sri Lanka in 2020.

With a profound understanding of the Dhamma and its practical application in contemporary life, Venerable Ashin Pandicca served as a Pāli teacher (Pariyatti) at the Su Htu Pan Buddhia Vijjā Monastery in Yangon from 2016 to 2023. During this time, he inspired countless students with his clarity of teachings and compassionate guidance.

Presently, Venerable Ashin Pandicca continues his noble mission of spreading the teachings of the Buddha at the Uganda Buddhist Centre. His presence and teachings offer our community wisdom and support on the path. He is currently engaged in training the novice monks at the temple and engaging in Dhamma study classes, sharing his experience and wisdom with the community.

Venerable Daw Sucinti

Venerable Daw Sucinti was born in 1960 in Rangoon, Yangon. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Rangoon Arts and Science University, Yangon. In 1984, she earned an Associateship of Government Technical Institutes (AGTI) Diploma. Her journey in Buddhist studies took her to Sri Lanka, where she obtained a Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies in 2007. Venerable Sucinti has also been a teacher at the International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University since 1998. Her extensive knowledge and experience make her a valuable addition to the Uganda Buddhist Centre.

Venerable Daw Kesavati

Venerable Daw Kesavati was born in 1982 in Mangyiten village, Nyaung U township, in the Mandalay region. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Makeitila University in 2005. In 2010, she embraced monastic life, becoming a Buddhist nun under the guidance of Venerable Ukkamsa, the Abbot of Mahasi Meditation Centre in Nyaung U town. Her dedication to Buddhist studies continued, and in 2020, she earned another Bachelor’s degree in Buddhism from the International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University. Currently, she is studying Dhammacariya Buddhist literature and is an ardent practitioner of meditation. Before joining the Uganda Buddhist Centre, she was living in North Okkalapa, Yangon, Myanmar.

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