Na Uyana Monastery, Melsiripura

Nā Uyana Aranya Senāsanaya is a Buddhist forest monastery in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka, associated with the Sri Kalyani Yogasrama Samstha. It spreads over more than 5000 acres of forest on the ‘Dummiya’ mountain range, and is residence to about 150 Buddhist monks. Na Uyana is so named because of the old Ceylon ironwood forest that forms part of the monastery.
Ancient cave dwellings with Brāhmī inscriptions as well as ruins of a small Stupa complex have been found at Na Uyana which date back to 3rd century BCE. The new stupa of the monastery is built on the location of this complex. One inscription states that King Uttiya has donated his pleasure grove to the Sangha. As Uttiya was the successor to King Devanampiya Tissa, during whose reign Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka, the ancient monastery at Na Uyana seems to have been one of the first in the country established outside Anuradhapura.
The ancient monastery was rediscovered by Ven. Wigoda Bodhirakkhita Thera in 1954. Sayadaw U Nandavamsa and Sayadaw U Javana, senior Burmese disciples of Mahasi Sayadaw, visited the monastery in 1956.
Ven. Angulgamuwe Ariyananda Thera moved to Na Uyana in 1997 with a group of monks and started a revival that has made it the largest monastery in the Yogasrama Samstha. It is also one of the main international monasteries in Sri Lanka, with about 25 foreign monks. Ven. Nauyane Ariyadhamma Mahathera, the Spiritual Director of Sri Kalyani Yogasrama Samstha, also used to reside at Na Uyana.
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  • its a ideal place to meditate.. the surrounding is best for the cause...people and the place gives peace in mind  more »
  • It is a place you must visit which is monks do meditation. surrounded with beautiful jungle ..... very calm and quite.............  more »
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  • Best preserved environment i have ever come across.. Very relaxing.. Well established.. Hospitality was impeccable.. very clean and excellent garbage management.. Easiest 5 x🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ever for a monetary.. *** NOTE: being that this place is reserved for mediators, please refrain from site-seeing..***
  • Specially lot of foreign monks are meditating at this monastery. This place is like heaven. Very silent and peaceful. Well maintained and arranged. Beautiful flowers everywhere. Specially orchids. Open to people between 10am to 12pm. We should adhere to these rules. Please be calm and silent when you visit there.
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