· Since 1992 ·

About us

The Maha Vihara is uniquely located off Hockley Circus at 216 New John Street west Hockley Birmingham B19 3UA. It is bordering Farm Street to the North end New John Street to the West. To the East is a combination of low rise and multi-storey high rise residential blocks, while to the South is a row of commercial units.


The prominent location of the site is ideal for the New community centre, which can serve the community through it’s multi-faith and multi-cultural programmes.

Ven. Dr. Witharandeniye Kassapa

The chief incumbent of the Birmingham Buddhist Maha Vihara, the President of the Midlands International Buddhist association in the U.K., and the President of the International Buddhist Relief Organisation (I.B.R.O.) attached to the United Nations, Ven.Dr.Witharandeniye Kassapa is being honourably felicitated with the O.B.E. (ORDER OF BRITISH EMPIRE) by her Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth -ll.



He has been nominated to receive Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ruhuna-Sri Lanka by its Senate and by the Supreme Sangha Council of Rohana in appreciation of his services rendered towards community in the world in 2003. The University of Ruhuna, honourably felicitated only five Buddhist monks around the world. This is the first time a Buddhist monk from United Kingdom has been honoured with double doctorates from two recognised and established institutions.



He was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1968 at the Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo under the preceptor, the Most Ven. Deundara Wachchissara Nayaka Thera and the Most Ven.Galaboda Gnanissara Nayake thera. Ven. Kassapa received his training as a novice monk at the Sri Jinaratana Bhikkhu Training Centre, at Gangaramaya, Colombo from 1968. After the completion of his monastic studies he enrolled for junior, senior and secondary education whereupon he completed the Pirivena education in 1977. He proceeded to advance his education and therefore entered the University of Sri Lanka, Kelaniya Campus, where he studied Sinhala, Pali and Buddhist Civilisation. He graduated from the University in 1981. It merits mention that the authority of the Sri Jinaratana Bhikkhu Training College and the University College appointed him as one of the teachers in 1980 while he was still an undergraduate at the university. He remained on the staff after graduation until 1983 when he was selected to teach at Sudharmarama University Pirivena in Avissawella for a short period.


In 1986, he was invited by the Baba Saheb Ambedkar Buddhist Association in Birmingham, United Kingdom to teach Buddhism and lay the foundation for Buddhist cultural and social activities amongst the Ambedkarite Indian Buddhist Community. In 1987, he founded the East Midlands Buddhist Association known as Leicester Buddhist Vihara, where he is very happy to see its development what he started.


The images show the Prince of Wales awarding the O.B.E. to Ven.Dr. Witharandeniye Kassapa and recieving an ward by his excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa ,the President of Sri Lanka.