Venerable Metteyya Thero

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Venerable Metteyya Thero

Venerable Dunuvila Metteyya Thero (Bhante Metteyya) is one of the co-founders of Samadhi Buddhist Vihara. He is currently the chief incumbent of Waikato Compassion Meditation Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand. This photograph was taken there.
Biographical Note
Venerable Metteyya Thero entered the Buddhist Order in 1973 under the guidance of his most venerable teacher Waradiwela Dhammananda Nayaka Maha Thero. He later received higher ordination in 1985 while residing at Bandiya temple, Wekada, Panadura. Having completed BA degree at the University of Colombo and MA degree at Buddhist and Pali University in Colombo and Diploma in Education at the University of Peradeniya. Ven Thero joined the education service in Sri Lanka. Over ten years of his service as a school teacher, he left for Washington DC, USA to serve the Buddhist community in the States as a resident monk of Washington Buddhist Vihara in 2000.

Thero was invited to come to New Zealand by venerable Makuldeniye Somarathana Maha Thero, the founder and the chief monk and patron of Samadhi Buddhist Vihara in Christchurch, New Zealand to serve the Buddhist community in Canterbury.

In 2005 venerable was invited to Hamilton to serve the Buddhist community in Hamilton. Since then, Metteyya Maha Thero had taken many initiatives and guided WCMC to develop Hamilton Vihara, a premier Theravāda Buddhist Center in Hamilton.

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