Buddhika Sanjeewa is a well-known Author and Senior Journalist in Sri Lanka who has 20 years of experience in the field of religious affairs and media. Buddhika Sanjeewa is also the Founder, Chairman & Chief Editor of two international Buddhist magazines and two official Buddhist websites called “Mettavalokanaya” and “Bhikkhunis“, which are published on a monthly basis in the Mettavalokana Buddhist Publications Centre in Sri Lanka.
Mettavalokanaya International Buddhist Magazine and Website was first issued in December, 2015 as the world’s first international monthly Buddhist magazine in Sri Lanka; it is published in English and includes 60 pages of articles related to Buddhism written by renowned Buddhist Monks and Bhikkhunis (ordained female monks) from around the world, as well as provides the public’s perspective on the teachings of the Buddha. This magazine has been successfully distributed to several Buddhist Temples in overseas, International Buddhist organizations, selected High Commissions & Embassies located in 40 countries around the world, including all districts across Sri Lanka.
Mettavalokanaya magazines are distributing free of charge worldwide and available for free on its official website; www.mettavalokanaya.com The magazine was awarded the “Global Buddhist Ambassador Award” in Thailand as the World’s Best Buddhist Magazine, which recognizes the magazine’s exemplary effort to spread the teachings of Buddhism to an international audience who are interested in exploring the religion as well as Buddhika Sanjeewa’s dedication to creating international harmony and culture of peace through Buddhism.
Since the establishment of Mettavalokanaya, Buddhika Sanjeewa embarked on yet another ambitious journey in 2020 to introduce a second magazine called “Bhikkhunis” which is the World’s First International Buddhist Magazine and official Buddhist website dedicated to all Bhikkhunis around the world. This magazine is also published in English and includes 60 pages of articles related to Buddhism and Bhikkhuni Sasana (female monk’s teachings), which are written by renowned and senior Bhikkhunis from around the world.
Bhikkhunis & Mettavalokanaya articles will be available on the Bhikkhuni’s official website – www.bhikkhunis.com, and www.mettavalokanaya.com soon, as well as on online platforms namely- Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Blogger, Instagram, LinkedIn, Flickr, Pinterest, Vimeo, Reddit, Yumpu, Youpic, Behance, Dribbble, Tumblr, Wiki Media, Scribd and Wikipedia etc.
Buddhika Sanjeewa was also the First Sri Lankan to be elected in 2018 as the Media Director of World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB), an internationally recognized network of Buddhist organizations from around the world. He has also travelled to 22 countries, (United States of America, England, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, France, Norway, Germany, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Kuwait, India, Nepal, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Indonesia, Cambodia & Malaysia) to promote his work. Between 2007 – 2014, Buddhika Sanjeewa was one of the Youngest Journalists to be appointed as Media and Religious Affairs Coordinating Officer to the Former President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa. Before joining the State body, he worked in the capacity of News & Political Program Producer between 2000 – 2007 in “Live at 8” News & Political Program Division in one of Sri Lanka’s leading News networks Swarnavahini Television.
Buddhika Sanjeewa also participated as the Representative of Sri Lanka and presented the special message of His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka in the “27th General Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists” (WFB) in October 2014 at Baoji in Beijing, China and reported on the conference in news stories and articles for all Sri Lankan newspapers, television channels and radio channels. One of Buddhika Sanjeewa’s main career highlights was when he had the opportunity to carry a Bo Sapling of Sri Lanka’s most sacred “Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Tree” (the oldest living human – planted tree in the world) to Bangladesh, Thailand and Taiwan as a symbol of historical significance and peace as well as to strengthen the friendship between Sri Lanka and the aforesaid nations.
Buddhika Sanjeewa further represented the Government of Sri Lanka in special commemorative programs related to the Anniversary of the Enlightenment of Lord Buddha and the annual Buddhist Holy Katina Robes Pooja (Ceremony of the Robes) in October 2011 in Stockholm – Sweden, Paris – France, Oslo – Norway, Rome – Italy. Sanjeewa was also appointed as the Taskforce Media Coordinating Officer of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2013 (CHOGM 2013) held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He also participated as a Delegate of Sri Lanka in the “International Peace Conference & Holy Katina Dana” (Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony), which was held in November 2012 in Dhaka, Bangladesh and reported all areas of this conference as news stories and articles for all Sri Lankan newspapers, television channels and radio channels.
As a symbol of International Relationship, Buddhika Sanjeewa was ordained to experience Buddhist life as a Temporary Novice Monk between December 6 – 20, 2017 at Wat Bhan Khun premises in Chiang Mai, Thailand. During the period, he received the name of Venerable Buddhidhammo from Most Venerable Phrateppariyat Sa Ard Khantigo, the Ecclesiastical Governor of Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. Among his many achievements, Buddhika Sanjeewa also published several books about The Lord Buddha, Dambadiva in India, Nepal and historical places around the world that are recognized in Sri Lanka; he was a Content Writer for one of the books titled, “Amadam Sisilasa”, which was the World’s First Published Buddhist Book that includes 125 Dhamma Talks written within 125 hours that were held at the Former President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa’s official residence every monthly Poya (full moon) day.
During Buddhika Sanjeewa’s career, he has been able to build close amity with high-level authorities such as His Excellency Norodom Thanora, Ambassador at the Royal Secretariat of His Majesty the King at Royal Palace, Cambodia; Her Excellency Shubhangini Raje Gaekwad, Member of the former Royal Family of Baroda, India; His Excellency Lyonpo Kinzang Dorji, Former Prime Minister of Bhutan, His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, Former President and Present Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
It goes without saying that Buddhika Sanjeewa has devoted his career and life to promote the “Buddha Sasana” (Buddha’s Teachings) internationally, for which he has received praise by several monks, Bhikkhunis and Buddhist organizations from around the world. He has had the opportunity to meet several renowned senior and leading Buddhist Monks and Bhikkhunis over the years and work with them to prepare programs to promote the peaceful teachings of Buddhism internationally namely-His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Most Venerable Master Hai Tao, Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, Venerable Phrarajbhavanajahn (Luang Por Dattajeevo Bhikkhu), Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dhammananda, Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Ming Yu, Venerable Bhikkhuni Dharma Master Cheng Yen, and Venerable Bhikkhuni Ayya Tathaloka Mahatheri.
According to Buddhika Sanjeewa, the Mettavalokanaya with its slogan “The Aspiration of Metta (Loving kindness) to Enlighten the Minds” will continue to envision being the magazine that will take the higher teachings of the Enlightened One (Lord Buddha) to those in Sri Lanka and across the world. The mission of Mettavalokanaya is to write and publish articles and stories on Buddhism and make the publications accessible via different print media and online media platforms worldwide. Furthermore, the magazine aims to teach good habits & qualities through Buddhism to the youth / young generation around the world.
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