Ven.Soma Thero was ordained in 1974 when he was 26 years of age under the tutelage of two of the most revered monks in Sri Lanka – Most Reverend Venerable Madihe Pannasiha Maha Nayake Thera and Venerable Ampitiye Rahula Maha Thera. He received training at the Bhikkhu Training Centre, Maharagama – an institution established by these two monks for the training of novices who enter the Order of the Maha Sangha.
Having obtained his higher ordination in 1976, Some Thera continued to study the Buddhist texts in Pali, their original language. He was particularly interested in doing research into the teachings of the Buddha and have written several books based on such research.
Lankan monk’s death, a grievous blow to Sinhala-Buddhist revival
COLOMBO DIARY | PK Balachanddran Colombo, December 22
The sudden death of the popular Buddhist preacher, the Venerable Gangodawila Soma Thera, in St Petersburg in Russia, has plunged Sri Lanka into unprecedented grief. On hearing the news, Sinhala-Buddhist women wailed inconsolably. Crestfallen men put up little ochre flags atop their houses and vehicles as a sign of mourning.
Soma Thera’s was the second Sinhala-Buddhist revivalist movement in recent Sri Lankan history. The first was led by Anagarika Dharmapala in the early part of the 20th century.
ඔබේ පායුග දන නමන්නට, ඔබේ සෙවනේ රැදී ඉන්නට!
අපි ලැබූ පින් අපිට අද හිමිනෑ, අනේ අපි අද අසරණයි.!
සෝම හාමුදුරුවනේ !! අපේ හාමුදුරුවනේ !!අපේ ආගම අපේ කී ඔබ,
අපේ ජාතිය අපේ කී ඔබ ,
අපේ දේශය අපේ කී ඔබ ,
අපේ ලග අද නෑ….. අපේ හාමුදුරුවනේ.
අපේ ලෝකය අපේ වූ ඔබ..අපේ ජීවය
අපේ වූ ඔබ , අපේ දෑසග අපේ වූ ඔබ,
අපේ ලග අද නෑ…..අපේ හාමුදුරුවනේ.!
අනේ අපි අද අසරණයි.!