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Y. Karunadasa
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Y. Karunadasa
Born 1934
Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lanka
Citizenship Sri Lanka
Alma mater University of London
Scientific career
Fields Philosophy, Buddhist Studies
Institutions Hong Kong University

Y. Karunadasa is a Sri Lankan scholar in Buddhist Studies. His main areas of specialization are Early Buddhism and Theravada Abidhamma.[1]

Education and career

Y. Karunadasa obtained a First Class Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ceylon in 1958, a Ph.D. from the University of London in 1963, and was awarded an honorary D. Litt. by the University of Kelaniya in 2002.[1] He is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Kelaniya, where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and as the Director of its Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies. He has also served as the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London,[1] as Distinguished Numata Chair Professor at the University of Calgary,[2] and as Tung Lin Kok Yuen Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto.[1] Currently he teaches at the Center of Buddhist Studies of the University of Hong Kong[3] as the MaMa Charitable Foundation Visiting Professor. [4] In 1997 he was felicitated with a volume of articles on Buddhist Studies written by his colleagues.[5] In 2005 he was decorated with the title of Sri Lanka Sikhamani by the Government of Sri Lanka in recognition of his meritorious service to the country of his birth.[6]



  • The Buddhist Analysis of Matter, (reprinted), The Buddhist Research Society, Singapore, 1989, pp. I-XVIII, 1986.[7]
  • The Dhamma Theory: Philosophical Cornerstone of the Abhidhamma, Wheel Publications No. 412/413, Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, 1996.[8]
  • The Atthakatha Correspondence Table, in collaboration with Sodo Mori and T. Endo, Pali Text Society, London, 1995 Mori, Sodo, Y. Karunadasa & Toshiichi Endo (1994). Pali Atthakatha Correspondence Table. Oxford: Pali Text Society.[9]
  • Theravada Abhidhamma : its inquiry into the nature of conditioned reality Published by Centre for Buddhist Studies, Hong Kong University, 2010[10]
  • Early Buddhist Teachings: The Middle Position in Theory and Practice Published by Centre for Buddhist Studies, Hong Kong University, 2013[11]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Prof. Dr. Y. Karunadasa | International Buddhist College". Archived from the original on 2009-08-24. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  2. "Previous Chairholders | Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies | University of Calgary". ucalgary.ca. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  3. "Centre of Buddhist Studies". Archived from the original on 2005-04-11. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  4. "Centre of Buddhist Studies". buddhism.hku.hk. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  5. Dhammajoti, K.L.; Tilakaratne, A.; Abhayawansa, K.; Karunadasa, Y. (1997). Recent Researches in Buddhist Studies: Essays in Honour of Y. Karunadasa. Y. Karunadasa Felicitation Committee in collaboration with Chi Ying Foundation, Hong Kong. ISBN 9789559098355. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  6. http://ibc.ac.th/en/Karunadasa/Convocation-Address2009
  7. "Buddhist analysis of matter (Open Library)". openlibrary.org. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  8. "The Dhamma Theory Philosophical Cornerstone of the ABHIDHAMMA". abhidhamma.org. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  9. Atthakatha
  10. Karunadasa, Y. (2010). The Theravada Abhidhamma: Its Inquiry Into the Nature of Conditioned Reality. Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Hong Kong. ISBN 9789889929664. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  11. "Centre of Buddhist Studies". buddhism.hku.hk. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 


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