Bauddha Dharmankur Sabha
(Bengal Buddhist Association)
The Bauddha Dharmankure Sabha (Bengal Buddhist Association) was founded in the year 1892 by the Most Ven’ble Kripasaran Mahasthavir to work for the revival and regeneration of Buddhism in the land of its birth. As we all know Buddhism in India had lost its vibrancy due to man-made misery and nature’s fury but survived in the lands where it had been taken by King Devanampiya Asoka’s Son Mahinda and Daughter Sanghamitra since the 3rd century B.C.
Seeing the plight of Buddhism, many a luminary of the time felt of a renaissance which inspired Sir Edwind Arnold to write in newspapers exhorting the Buddhists to come forward and start a revival movement. He then wrote his epic poem – the Light of Asia which then saw a young man named Don David Hewawitharana from Sri Lanka come to India who famously came to be known as the Angarika Dharmapala, established the Maha Bodhi Society of India to work for the revival of Buddhism here. It was at the same time a young monk, Ven. Kripasaran Mahasthavir from Chittagong arrived here and established the Baudddha Dharmankur Sabha to work for the same goal. Both these organizations had since then worked tirelessly to reach out its goal. With pressure being mounted on the Government of India by the Buddhists to restore the rights of management of the Mahabodhi Mahavihara in the hands of the Buddhists, a law was passed by the Bihar Legislative Assembly in the year 1949 giving the Buddhists partial rights of management with the formation of the Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee with four Buddhist members and four Hindu members and the District Magistrate of Gaya as the Chairman and the Bauddha Dharmankur Sabha draws inspiration from its Founder to keep demanding till we achieve this goal.