Venerable Lunugamvehere Rewatha

   Born on 7th of January, 1987 at Lunugamvehera in the District of Hambantota in Sri Lanka, Venerable Lunugamvehere Rewatha, popularly known as Ven. Rewatha, had his initial education as a lay child at Athunadawala Primary School in Weerawila. He entered the monastic life as a novice on 17th of December, 1995 at the feet of The Most Venerable Goda Uda Soratha Thero and Most Venerable Ahangama Rathansiri Thero of The Jaya Sumanaramaya, Ahangama, Galle in Sri Lanka. His primary monastic education was received at Siri Sumana Pirivena at Midigama, Matara and Nalanda Dharmayatanaya at Mount Lavinia.

   He successfully completed the GCE (OL) and GCE(AL) at Sudassi Pirivena at Matara in 2002 and 2004 respectively. After passing G.C.E (Advanced) Examination, he entered The Kelaniya University for a 4-year Honours Degree Course (Bachelor of Arts) with Buddhist Philosophy as the major. He also studied, Psychology, Political Social Science and French Language among other subjects.

   He received Higher Ordination on 12th of July 2008 at Sri Dharmayatanaya, Maharagama with Most Ven. Rajakeeya Panditha Weligama Gnanaratana Mahanayake Thera of the Amarapura Dharmarakshita Maha Nikaya as the Preceptor and Most Ven. Ahangama Rathanasiri Nayaka Thero as the Tutor.

   Venerable Lunugamvehere Rewatha first arrived at Toronto Mahavihara on 27th February, 2010, and returned to Sri Lanka on 26th of Feb. 2011. At the Annual General Meeting of the Toronto Mahavihara Society held on 24th Jan. 2016, a resolution was passed to invite Ven. Rewatha to join Mahavihara as a resident monk. Accordingly he arrived at Mahavihara for the second time on 21st of January 2017.