Sunday Dhamma School



Mangala Vihara Buddhist Temple is a pioneer in conducting Colombo’s Young Men’s Buddhist Association (YMBA) Dhamma studies since 1960. It is now a centre for Buddhist Studies. Several of our students having graduated are now Dhamma Teachers in the Centre while others are teaching in various temples or Buddhist Societies in Singapore.


Dhamma Classes

Class GroupChildrenAdult
ClassKindergarten Classes (4 - 6 yo)
Lower Preliminary A Class (7 - 8 yo)
Lower Preliminary B Class (9 - 10 yo)
Lower Preliminary C Class (11 - 12 yo)
Junior Youth (13+ yo)
Youth Class (13 and above)
1st year – Junior I Class
2nd year – Junior II Class
3rd year – Senior I Class
4th year – Senior II Class
5th year - Diploma Class
Age Groupfor ages 4 and above
for ages 17 and above
Date & TimeSunday
9:30 am to 12:00 pm

School is closed for holiday from mid-Nov to end-Dec.
SDS CalendarSDS Calendar
(holiday, exam, celebration dates etc)
FeesFree of charge
RegistrationPlease be at SDS office at 9.15am on Sunday.

Office is on the 2nd floor, at the far end of Chew Quee Neo Hall, (near restroom). Not open during school holiday, please check SDS calendar above.



Basic Level Syllabus
• Brief account of the Life of Buddha from Birth to ordination of the • Chief Disciples
• Qualities of Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha
• Five precepts
• Wholesome acts and Unwholesome acts
• Buddhist festivals
• ' Blessings’ of the Maha Mangala sutta
• Students have to answer one question paper on Buddha Dhamma.
Junior Part I (Preliminary) Syllabus
Dhamma SectionAbhidhamma Section
• Life of the Buddha from Birth to Enlightenment
• Qualities of the Triple Gem
• An Introduction to Tripitaka
• Theravada Buddhist Councils
• Dana and Sila
• Meritorious deeds
• Maha Mangala Suttas
• Explanations of the prescribed Dhammapada stanzas.
• History of Abhidamma
• Abhidamma Texts
• Classification of Consciousness
• Concepts of Conventional
• Absolute Truths.
Junior II (Junior) Syllabus
Dhamma SectionAbhidhamma Section
• Life of the Buddha up to the end of twenty years after Enlightenment
• Buddha’s visits to Sri Lanka
• Chief Lay Patrons and Disciples of the Buddha
• Vinaya Pitaka
• Four Noble Truths
• Fifth and Sixth Buddhist Councils
• Explanations of the prescribed Dammapada stanzas.
• 52 Mental Factors including the inter-relations between mind and Mental Factors – Sangha naya Sampayoga naya
• Introduction to the Absolute Truth of Nibbana
Senior Part I (Senior) Syllabus
Dhamma SectionAbhidhamma Section
• ‘Important Events’ in the life of the Buddha from Birth to Parinibbana
• Daily Routines of the Buddha
• Antagonism and rivalry from heretical Teachers
• Promulgation of the Vinaya and Last days
• Social Ethics based on the Suttas Hindrances
• Fetters
• Objects of Meditation
• Proof of Rebirth
• ‘Matter’ (rupa)
• Classification of the Consciousness according to feelings, Roots and Functions
Senior Part II (Higher) Syllabus
Dhamma SectionAbhidhamma Section
• Requisites of Enlightenment
• Way to Nibbana
• Dependent Origination
• Three Signata
• Ratana Sutta
• Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta
• Contribution of Col.Olcott
• Buddhist Approach to discerning Truth
• Explanations of and Comments on the prescribed Dhammapada Stanzas.
• Doors (dvara)
• Objects (arammana)
• Bases (vatthu)
• Thought Process (citta viti)
• Process Freed (vithi mutta)
Diploma Syllabus
Dhamma SectionAbhidhamma Section
• Maha Satipatthana Sutta
• Culla Kamma Vibhanga Sutta
• Insight Meditation (Vipassana)
• Seven stages of Purity (Visuddhi)
• Short treatises on the uniqueness of the Buddha and Mahayana Buddhism with a comparison followed by explanations of the Dhammapada verses together with expositions of the morals embodied in each stanza.
• Dependent Arising (Paticcasamuppada)
• Law of Causal Relations (Patthana) being the substance of Chapters VII and VIII of Abhidhamattha Sangha.


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