The Monastery
Sadhanarama Bana Vihara

Our Teacher ~The Inspiration for the visions

The Most Revered Venerable 

Sadhanananda Mahathera

Living a Spiritually Awakened Life

Today, the name that shines the crest of Buddhism in Bangladesh is none other than the Most Respected Venerable Sadhanananda Mahathera, popularly and lovingly known as Bana Bhante ‘The Forest Monk’. ‘Bana Bhante’, a name of great sanctity pronounced with high veneration among the Buddhist and Non-Buddhist of all walks of life living in Bangladesh and abroad. He was loved and respected by peoples regardless of ethnicity and religious backgrounds.

During the period of his life, Bana Bhante served the people regardless of race, gender, religious backgrounds and always taught the people to practice compassion and loving kindness. He authored many books, booklets, poems, religious songs and articles. Because of his spiritual power acquired through 12 long years of meditation in the deep forests of Dhanpata, To this day still, Most Respected Venerable Bana Bhante has become an object of ultimate veneration and  living embodiment of the Buddha.

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Our Mission

To serve the mankind better and contribute our share to build a free, peaceful and happy world through Spiritual (Dhamma), Education, Cultural,

Sanitation, Women Empowerment and Rural Development.

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Our Teacher ~The Inspiration for the visions

Most Respected Venerable

Nandapal Mahathera

Living a Spiritually Awakened Life

Most Venerable Nandapal Mahathera is a renowned International Dhamma and Meditation Teacher, who continued the legacy of His Teacher Most Revered Venerable Bana Bhante's teachings of Dhamma for the people's welfare and happiness.  Most Venerable Nandapal mahathera is like a shine pole star in the Dhamma horizon having contributed in abundance to the promotion and preservation of the Buddha Sasana. 

In 2016, He was invited by Dr. Lham, Chief Monk of Vietnam Temple, Nepal to Visit Vietnam and teach the Dhamma. The  Hon'ble Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam invited Most Venerable Nandapal Mahathera to his residence for blessings. Many dignitaries of Vietnam came to meet Him. After returning from Vietnam, He was invited to spent the Vassa (Rains Retreat) at Vietnam Temple, Nepal and teach the Dhamma to the Vietnamese Community. He gladly accepted the invitation and spent one Vassa teaching both Dhamma and Meditation during the whole Vassa.


Our History

Mission and History.

Arunachal Pradesh, the Land of the rising Sun, a serene land tucked into the North Eastern tip of India with its borders touching China, Bhutan and Myanmar, Arunachal Pradesh has been endowed with a natural landscape, untamed rivers, thundering peaks and wild forests is awe inspiring and majestic.

In the Land of the rising sun, Sadhanarama Bana Vihara is located in Diyun circle, a small township on rise in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh with branch centers in Chongkham under Namsai district, Bijoypur under Bordumsa Circle, Ratnapur under Kharsang Circle, Dharmapur and Deban under Miao Circle.

Diyun, which is mostly inhabited by Chakma Community, a Theravada Buddhist Community which takes great pride in its rich cultural heritage and pure traditional Buddhist culture. The Chakmas are the largest Buddhist Community in India. Since time immemorial, the Chakmas are followers of Theravada Buddhism, claiming to have originated from Sakya race in which Gautama Buddha was born.

Sadhanarama Bana Vihara is a Buddhist Monastery in the pure Theravada traditions with emphasis on the study and practice of Morality and mediation. It was established in 2005 by the Most Venerable Nandapal Mahathera and follows the great lineage of the late Most Revered Venerable Sadhanananda Mahathera, popularly and lovingly known as Bana Bhante.

The name ‘Bana Vihara’ which means forest monastery originated from a well-known and Revered Monk known as Bana Bhante ‘the forest monk’, the name that shines the crest of Buddhism today. Having practised Dhutanga (Austerity practice) and insight meditation through a span of 12 years out in the densely forest of Dhanpata and in different forest monasteries later, the Most Revered Venerable Bana Bhante is like a shining pole star in the Dhamma horizon having contributed in abundance to the preservation and revival of Buddhism.

Life at Sadhanarama Bana Vihara around the Sangha, a Community of Monks and Lay Community. The Community of Monks follow the Dhamma full time and teach the Dhamma to the lay Community, which in turn supports the Community of Monks by providing the Four Requisites of a Monk - Food, Robes, Residence and Medicines. Lay person, who wish to develop their practice participate in the programs and activities at the Monastery. 

​When we turn the pages of the history of the Sadhanarama Bana Vihara, we learn that since its inception it has brought many social, economic and cultural changes in the society. Before the establishment, people were afflicted with the dreaded disease of Alcohols, gambling, fighting, raring of animals in the name of gods to bring good fortunes, blind beliefs, rites and rituals. Taking of alcoholic drinks, drugs and gambling made the people poor. With the comprehensive and continuous gift of dhamma, people abandoned those dreaded disease afflicting the society and there was drastic change in the Socio-economic, spiritual and cultural development. 

The Community of Monks at Sadhanarama Bana Vihara are encourged to practice the Dhamma in Monastery as well as in Forest.  We provides Monastics Training with a solid foundation and train them in the practical affairs of Buddhism and giving them a conception of Sangha management. Emphasis is placed on strict observance of precepts so that they will be able to propagate the Dhamma. The Monks staying in Monastery run the Dhamma programs and other humanitarian activities of the Foundation. After helping in the Monastery, if the Monks wants to refine their mind, they go to forest for Meditation. 

The Monks living in Forest live a life of simplicity, austerity with diligent effort to refine their minds. They go door-to-door for alms food in the villages. The Monks never knew where their next meal would come from, or whether they would get any food at all. The Forest Tradition revival is an attempt to reach back to past centuries before modern era and revitalize the ancient standards of Buddhist practice that were missing in contemporary monastic life.In this way, our Monks function dual roles dedicating their life to the welfare and happiness of many and developing the mind. 

Sadhanarama Bana Vihara’s objective is to instill, strengthen, moral and spiritual values in individuals, society and the world to promote a society of wisdom, compassion and gratitude.