Head Monk – Most Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Thero
Most Venerable Pidiwille Piyatissa Maha Thero is one of the highly respected senior monks living in the United Kingdom. He has been living in the UK for over 25 years and has a lot of experience in teaching Buddhism to children who are born in the United Kingdom. He is a well educated and a Theravada Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka. He has been awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Special) Degree in Buddhist Philosophy & Sanskrit from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka and also obtained Master of Arts Degree in Buddhist Studies at the same University.
Being the Head Monk of Leeds Buddhist Vihara and Chair of Leeds Buddhist Vihara Trust, he is rendering invaluable service for the people in various aspects. He is also Head Monk of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara in Manchester.
Deputy Head – Venerable Galpottayaye Pemananda Thero
Ven. Pemananda is the Deputy Head monk of Leeds Buddhist Vihara and he is the Chief Co-ordinator to plan the religious services of the temple under the guidance of Head Monk.
He is well educated, having been awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Special) Degree in Buddhist Philosophy & Pali from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, and also Master of Arts Degree in Buddhist Studies from the Postgraduate institute of Pali and Buddhist studies at the University of Kelaniya. He also has a Diploma in Psychology from the Institute of Psychological Research and studies in Sri Lanka.
Resident Monk – Venerable Pannala Sumana Thero
Ven. Pannala Sumana has been a resident monk at Leeds Buddhist Vihara since 27th July 2019. He undertakes a wide variety of religious activities based at the Vihara such as: organising religious ceremonies; chanting; reading Buddhists texts; undertaking various Buddhist rituals; providing support and comfort for families and individuals and offering guidance in spiritual and moral matters to the Buddhist community under the guidance of the Head Monk and the Deputy Head monk.
He is well educated, having been awarded a Degree Rajakeya Panditha (Royal Pandith) in Pali, Sanskrit and Sinhala from Sri Lanka Pracheena Bhasopakara, and also a Master of Arts Degree in Buddhist Studies from the Postgraduate institute of Pali and Buddhist studies at the University of Kelaniya. He used to be a Piriven teacher in Sri Lanka until he came to the United Kingdom in 2019.