Damrivi Projects

alt Sith Gimanhala, a live TV counselling programme

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alt Bringing up your child the dhamma way – Childrens Programmes

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alt Beyond the Net – A world renowned web site on Theravada Buddhism

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alt Buddhist tours of Sri Lanka

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alt We pioneered a professional counselling course with Buddhist insights

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alt Group counselling with Buddhist insights at the Cancer Hospital

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alt Violence Against Women – A Buddhist Perspective. Advocacy with Buddhist monks and nuns

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alt For a happy and contented married life through the Buddhist Philosophy

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alt Group therapy for social phobia

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alt We provide a Counselling service with Buddhist insights

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alt Pilgrimage to India - Luxury tour organized by Damrivi Foundation

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alt Weekly meditation programmes at the Damrivi Center

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alt Sankalana – exclusive Buddhist gift items

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Welcome to Damrivi Foundation

The Damrivi Foundation was set up in 2003 by a group of academics and professionals to establish a forum for social action guided by Buddhist insights and philosophy. Over the last 8yrs Damrivi has evolved as a professional forum brining in Buddhist insights to the development process.

In line with the cardinal principle of the Buddhist Philosophy, ' Mind is the fore-runner of all phenomena, Mind precedes all good and evil', Damrivi identifies the crux of the problems of the as having mainly to do with 'attitudes and value system'.


Monthly Programme

Monthly Programme October 2015

Ser: No Event Location 1st Week 2nd Week 3rd Week 4th Week 5th Week

Dhamma Talk& Bhavana by

Ven.U. Dhammajeewa Thero

Damrivi Center --------------- --------------- ---------------




Meditation by Mr. Gamini Priyantha

(Wednesday Programme)

Damrivi Center


Wednesday 07th

9.00 am - 12.00 Noon

Wednesday 14th

9.00 am - 12.00 Noon

Wednesday 21st

9.00 am - 12.00 Noon

Wednesday 28th

9.00 am - 12.00 Noon


Meditation by Mr. Gamini Priyantha

(Sunday Programme)

Damrivi Center

Sunday 04th

9.00 - 11.00 am

Sunday 11th

9.00 - 11.00 am

Sunday 18th

9.00 - 11.00 am

Sunday 25th

9.00 - 11.00 am


In House Counselling
Damrivi Center

1st - 4th

9.00 am - 4.00 pm

6th - 11th

9.00 am - 4.00 pm

13th - 18th

9.00 am - 4.00 pm

20nd - 25th

9.00 am - 4.00 pm

28th - 31st

9.00 am - 4.00 pm

27th Vap Poya Day


World Mental Health Day Programmes


Pregnant Mother's Programme

Children's Programme

Maradana Town

Damrivi Center

Damrivi Center

Saturday 10th

8.30 am - 11.30 pm

Saturday 10th

8.30 am - 11.30 pm

Saturday 11th

8.30 am - 11.30 pm


Workshop on Music Therapy
Damrivi Center         Friday 30th

  8.30 am - 4.00 pm
Diploma Course On Psychological Counselling (2015/2016)
Damrivi Center

Saturday 3rd

8.30 am - 3.00 pm

Saturday 10th

8.30 am - 3.00 pm

Saturday 17th

8.30 am - 3.00 pm

Saturday 24th

8.30 am - 3.00 pm

Saturday 31st

8.30 am - 3.00 pm

Rupavahini Sithwila 2013-03-07

Siyatha Udasana 2012-12-05

Siyatha Udasana 2012-12-12 Part 01

Siyatha Udasana 2012-12-12 Part 02

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 04, May 2012 - Part I

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 04, May 2012 - Part II

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 04, May 2012 - Part III

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 04, May 2012 - Part IV

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 16, March 2012 - Part I

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 16, March 2012 - Part II

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 16, March 2012 - Part III

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 16, March 2012 - Part IV

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 08, February 2011

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 17, August 2010

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 10, August 2010

Sith Gimanhala - DeranaTV 20, July 2010


Damrivi Foundation on its annual journey to dambadiva - 2015

alt Damrivi Foundation on its annual journey to dambadiva filled with dana, seela and bhavana activities - to experience an unforgettable journey in your life to walk on the path of dhamma.

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Damrivi organised its seventh successive Vesak Programme

Damrivi organised its seventh successive Vesak Programme on 6th of May 2012, the day after Vesak Poya Day at the Damrivi Centre, and its one among our key dhamma activities. This program is conducted on the day after the Vesak Poya in order to keep the Vesak day open for the devotees to participate in the Vesak programmes conducted by the temples on Vesak Poya Day.

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UTTARANI 2011 - An evening of music of our values to raise funds for Damrivi’s Counselling Programme

alt For the second consecutive year, Damrivi Foundation organized a musical evening on 4 Decemebr 2011, to raise funds for the organization’s counseling programme.

"Uttarani" 2011 once again endeavoured to bring together classical and fusion music to cater to a wide group of audience. The dual purpose of this musical event was to bring a Buddhist social message through a combination of classical and fusion music and to raise funds for the counselling programme. The message that was brought forth at this musical event signified the relevance of the message of the Buddha for mental happiness and well-being and peaceful co-existence in today’s confused and complex world.

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2011/2012 Diploma in Counselling Commences

alt The 2011/2012 Diploma course in Counselling conducted by Damrivi Foundation commenced in January 2012. This is the 10th counselling course that Damrivi has conducted. Damrivi’s counselling course is unique in that it combines Western therapies with Buddhist insights. Once the theoretical aspects of the course are done, the students will given a practical training in counselling which includes a mandatory 200 hours of field training.

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organization with a difference

The services rendered to the world and Sasana by Damrivi Foundation, run by a group of academics and professionals devoted to Buddhism, is commendable. Deriving inspiration from the teaching of the Buddha that mind is the fore-runner of all things, ‘mano pubbangama dhamma’, the foundation aims at transforming the society by transforming the thoughts, views and attitudes of people. Accordingly, in order to achieve this goal Damrivi Foundation is seen focusing mainly on spiritual and educational programs. In this context, special mention must be made on its counselling service based on Buddhist insights.

I have been closely associated with the Damrivi Foundation from its inception. It is an organization with a difference adopting Buddhism to cater to challenges of modernity. I sincerely hope and wish that all Buddhists recognize and rally round organizations of this nature in order to take this service to the four corners of the world.

Most Venerable Tirikunamale Ananada Anu-nyaka Thera,
The chief incumbent, Siri Vajiraramaya, Bambalapitiya

Many noble endeavors...

The credibility and success of its many noble endeavors has earned Damrivi a significant reputation in society. Not only has it filled a niche in the provision of a variety of psycho-social support to the needy, but through its hugely popular meditation classes it is also building bridges between the teachings of the Buddha and the practice of the Theravada doctrine.

The structured meditation classes conducted by Mr.Gamini Priyantha has been a very special experience to me. As a gifted communicator he simplifies with penetrating insight the importance of treading the Path of the Dhamma. With each inspirational talk, he elegantly and entertainingly weaves the essence and importance of practicing meditation into our daily lives and gently prods the listener into becoming a diligent practitioner through his/her own conviction. For providing a platform for this valuable dhamma dana, as one of the many that come seeking Mr. Gamini Priyantha's teaching every Sunday, I am indeed indebted to Damrivi.

Dr. Tara de Mel,
Colombo 07

a complete turnaround

I record with deep gratitude the immense contribution Damrivi has made to my life in directing me to follow the path of Dhamma through meditation which led to a complete turnaround in my daily life. I cherish the joy of simple living, the Dhamma way with a singular goal to reach during the rest of my life. The change was so simple and the option had always been there but never resorted to till my exposure at Damrivi sermons and meditation sessions.

The difference in this transformation is phenomenal and had eluded me for over five decades of religious devotion and worship which, then, made me happy as a devoted Buddhist. But the path introduced by Damrivi is at a much higher level of fulfillment but no doubt needs dedicated efforts and control of ones mind. The challenges ahead bears commensurate recognition at each stage, which themselves are most rewarding.

I am also indebted to Damrivi for enrolling me on the Diploma Course in “Psychological counseling the Buddhist Way” which was an eye opener to me in spite of over two decades Career Guidance experience. The knowledge and skills acquired by me during the Course has immensely enhanced my assessments to add much value to my services in career Guidance services.

I wish to express my eternal gratitude to Damrivi and all those who are working selflessly for directing me to this path.

Lakshman J K Hettiaratchi
Attorney at Law MBCS CITP LLb FCMA
Management Consultant

දම්රිවි පදනම ඉටු කරන මෙහෙය

දම්රිවි වනාහි සමාජයේ පවතින මූලික ගැටළු දෙකක් අමතන පදනමකි. ඒවා නම් බුදු දහම පිළිබද අඩු දැනුමත් මානසික අසමතුලිතතාවත්ය. බුදු දහම පිළිබද ක්‍රියාශීලී සමිප්‍රජන්‍යය ඇති කිරීමට භාවනා වැඩසටහන් ද විවිධ සාකච්ඡා ද වෙබි අඩවියක් ද දමිරිවි පදනම දියත් කොට ඇත.මානසික ගැටළු විරහිත සමාජයක් බිහි කිරීමට බාල මහලු දෙපිරිසම අමතන උපදේශන සේවයක් ද බෞද්ධ දෘෂ්ටිය ඇගයෙන තදනුබද්ධ ඩිප්ලෝමා පාඨමාලාවක් ද රැපවාහිනී වැඩසටහන් ද මෙහෙයවීමට දමිරිවි පදනම උර දී ඇත.ප්‍රවෘත්ති සන්දේශය පරිගණක පාඨමාලා දඹදිව චාරිකා සංකලන ත්‍යාග කවුළුව තාරැණ්‍යයට ප්‍රසාදය හා සංවේගය ගෙන දෙන මෙවලමක් හැටියට සංගීතය උපයෝගී කරගැනීම යන කරැණු දමිරිවි පදනමේ ප්‍රශංසනීය කර්තව්‍යය. නෛතිකව ද ව්‍යුහාත්මකව ද ලෞකික ආයතනයක් වන දමිරිවි පදනම උත්තේජනය ලබන්නේත් ක්‍රියාත්මක වන්නේත් බුදු දහමේ ආභාසයෙනි.නව අත්හදා බැලිමක් වන මෙය මේ වර්ග‍යේ එකම ශ්‍රී ලාංකික පදනමය.සමාජයේ සියළු ස්ථරවලට දම්රිවි පදනම ඉටු කරන මෙහෙය මම බෙහෙවින් අගය කරමි.අද්‍යතන ශ්‍රී ලාංකික සන්දර්භය යටතේ චිර පැවැත්ම අත්‍යන්තයෙන්ම අවශ්‍ය දමිරිවි පදනමට ජයග්‍රාහී අනාගතයක් පතමි.

මහාචාර්ය ඔලිවර් අ‍බේනායක

දමිරිවි දිනේවා සුබාසි

දම්රිවි පදනම එහි සත්පුරැෂ ක්‍රියාකාරිත්වය සමාජ සත්කාරක භූමිකාව මෙම ස්වේච්ඡා ආයතනයේ මහත්ම මහත්මීන් මැනවින් හදුනමි. ඔවුන් සමග කිසියමි වැඩසජහන් වලටද සහභාගි වීමි.අනුරාධපුර බුද්ධශ්‍රාවක භික්ෂු විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ පැවැත්වූ කාන්තා හා ළමා හිංසනය පිළිබද වැඩසටහන මට මතකය.එයට සහභාගී වී අදහස් පළ කළෙමි.හිතින් දුබල වී පෞරැෂත්වය ස්වීයත්වය ඇදවැටී නොයෙක් පුද්ගල හා සමුහ ප්‍රශ්න වලට මැදිවී ශක්තිය සහනය සොයන කෙනෙකුට දමිරිවි පදනම සහනශීලීභාවය සංහිදියාව සැහැල්ලුව සතුට ඇති කොට දිවියෙහි සිත් රිදීමි පෙළීම වලින් ඉවක් වි සාර්ථකය ජීවිතයට මුහුණ දෙන හැටි උගන්වන අත්වැලක් සපයන මහාචාර්ය අසංග තිලකරත්න සුධීමතුන් ඇතුළු සියළු දෙන කාරැණිකය.නැණ නුවනින් ඔවුහු අපට මග පෙන්වති.පිළිසරණ ලබා දෙති.

භාතිය සන්තුෂ් එඩිවඩ් ජයකොඩි ඇතුළු ලාංකික සංගිත කරැවන් ඉදිරිපත් කළ සංගිත ප්‍රසාංගයට මම ද ගීත රචනා කොට සතුටු විමි.අත්ත හිත පරහිත පුද්ගලයින් වෙමින් ලොවට උපකාර කරන මග දමිරිවි පදනම අපට කියා දෙයි. මනෝවිද්‍යා උපදේශන භාවනා වැඩසටහන ශ්‍රස්ත්‍රීය හා ධර්මානුගත සාකච්ඡා අපගේ සැනසීම හා නුවණැස පාදයි. එනිසා කිසිවක් ආපසු අපේක්ෂා නොකොට බහුජන හිතාය බහුජන සුඛාය යන මග අපි ගමන් කරමු.දමිරිවි ඊට ශක්තියක් ආලෝකයක් ලබා දෙයි.දමිරිවි දිනේවා සුබාසි පතමි.

ආචාර්ය ප්‍රණීත් අභයසුන්දර

I joined Damrivi in 2004...

I am very lucky & grateful to be a part of the Damrivi Foundation.
I have been a Volunteer, facilitator (1992-2000) in City of Fort McMurray Alberta, Canada for the community services department.
I joined Damrivi in 2004 through the Child Counseling Course.
Since then at Damrivi I have been excelling in my knowledge in Dhamma both through meditation and also through family and child counseling. Now I am a volunteer counsellor, helping the needy in solving their personal problems and leading a peaceful life. I dedicate my time to provide services through Damrivi as well as in Meditation Retreats, where I facilitate Vipassana meditation.
In addition I also volunteer at the Sri Lanka Cancer Hospital as a counsellor in Damrivi’s Cancer counseling programs.
Joining Damrivi Foundation has taken me on a wonderful path to peace, happiness and contentment in life!

Cinta Samaranayaka
Volunteer Damrivi Counsellor

Today, I am grateful...

A whole new dimension opened out to my way of thinking once I started the Diploma Course in Buddhist Psychology. It also made me realise that Buddha was the first to speak about the mind so deeply and analyze it to such a great extent. Today, modern psychologists speak of matters of the mind which Lord Buddha spoke of 2600 years ago.

I was able to to use the teachings of the human mind and behaviour taught by the Buddha and Psychologist to better myself as a person and to understand others more.

Today, I am grateful to Damrivi for giving me the opportunity to work as a Volunteer Counselor since it helped me to understand that there are so many people in Sri Lanka who need help and guidance through counseling. I am happy to be a part of it and thank Damrivi for guiding me in this direction.

Mrs. Shamini Peiris - Lawyer
( Volunteer Damrivi Counsellor )

මම දම්රිවි පදනමට සම්බන්ධ වී...

මම දම්රිවි පදනමට සම්බන්ධ වී දැනට වසර 6 ක් පමණ වෙනවා. මේ කාලය තුල දී මම තේරුම් ගත් දෙයක් තමයි දම්රිවි පදනම කියන්නේ අපේ රටේ තියන තවත් එක් පදනමක් නොවන බව. දම්රිවි පදනම කරන හැම වැඩසටහනකම තියෙන්නේ මිනිසාගේ ආධ්‍යාත්මය හදා ගන්නේ කොහොමද කියල. මම දම්රිවි පදනමෙන් කරන උපදේශන පාඨමාලාවත් හදාරල තියෙනවා. එය මට වෙනදාට වඩා මිනිසුන්ට ලංවීමට උපකාර වුණා. එසේම දම්රිවි පදනම පැවැත් වූ ව්‍යාපෘති සැකසීමේ වැඩමුළුවට සම්බන්ධ වී සමාජයේ මිනිසුන්ට යමක් කරන්නට හුරුවක් ලබලා තියෙනව. එම හැම දේටම මුල්විය යුත්තේ ආධ්‍යාත්මික දියුණුව බව මම දම්රිවි පදනමෙන් හොඳින්ම තේරුම් ගත්තා. වවුනියාව, මඩුකන්ද ප‍්‍රදේශයේ ළමුන්ට තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණය ලබාදීමට පරිගණක මධ්‍යස්ථානයක් ඉදිකිරීමට දම්රිවි පදනමෙන් ලැබුණු දායකත්වයත් ඉතා විශිෂ්ඨ බව කියන්නම ඕන. එකී කාලය තුල මෙම සංවිධානය විසින් දියත්කල බොහෝ කටයුතුවලට මටද දායකවීමට ලැබීම මහත් භාග්‍යක් කොට සලකනවා. ඊටත් වඩා මගේ සතුට මේ සියලූ කටයුතු වලින් දම්රිවි පදනම උතුම් වූ ශ්‍රී සද්ධර්මයෙන් සිසිල් කර ගත් හදවත් ඇත්තවුන් බිහි කිරීමට දායකත්වයක් ලබා දීම.

ශාස්ත‍්‍රපති කුරුදුගොඩ පඤ්ඤාසාර හිමි,
ශි‍්‍ර දළදා විහාරය,


Education and Training

On-line courses

Damrivi offers two unique on-line courses developed by renowned Buddhist academics and linguists .

Diploma in Buddhist Studies



Diploma in English Language through Buddhism


Diploma in Counselling

Diploma in Psychological Counselling with Buddhist insights

Damrivi has pioneered professional training in psychological counselling with Buddhist insights.

The Course aims at promoting mental health by training culturally friendly professional counsellors.

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Youth Development

For a happy married life

A youth programme addressing the spiritual, biological and psychological needs for a happy marriage.

This includes Buddhist concept of love and family values, Domestic Violence and its consequences , Stresses and strains of a marital relationship, Causes of Conflict and Resolution, Value of Meditation

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Damrivi Free Services

Childrens' Programmes

A creative Children's Programme – Bringing up your child the dhamma way addressing common attitude problems of Children thus promoting mental wellbeing of Children and child development.

It is conducted by professionally qualified psychological counsellors and is offered free of charge.

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Counselling services

Our counselling service is one of our key interventions targeting to promote mental health. Damrivi counseling services combine Buddhist insights and therapies and western counseling theories and therapies .

The service is provided by highly trained counsellors and medical personnel specialized in mental health including psychiatrists. Damrivi provides in-house counselling by prior appointment and free phone counselling at any time during working hours. Our services are accessed by distressed people of all faiths.

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Beyond The Net

Damrivi manages Beyond the Net, (www.beyondthenet.net) a web site on Theravada Buddhism which has been in existence for over 14 years. This site also serves to make available to the world ,the Buddhist tradition as practiced in Sri Lanka.

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Damrivi functions as a well patronized meditation center in Sri Lanka. The meditation session are conducted by Ven. Udueeriyagama Dhammajeeva Thero, of Nissaranavanaya forest Hermitage , Meethirigala and Mr. Gamini Priyantha, the most sought after lay meditation teacher.

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