The Vision:

To teach and practice the Noble Eightfold Path to progress on the path of enlightenment.

Mission Statement:

To make known the rich heritage of enlightenment bestowed by Lord Buddha 2600 years ago to the present day world through prevalent methods and thereby spread universal peace and happiness.


  1. To preserve and offer the pristine pure teachings of Bhagavan Buddha enshrined in the Pali Tipitaka of Theravada Buddhism.
  2. To offer comprehensive teaching and research facilities to learn Pali, the language used by Lord Buddha, so that the original teachings of the Buddha are made known to the world.
  3. To offer comprehensive teaching and research facilities to conduct research on the original Pāli Tipitaka and the Aṭṭhakathā, Tikā and other Pali texts – Pariyatti.
  4. To teach and offer facilities to practice the fundamental teachings of Lord Buddha, namely Sīla, Samādhi and Paññā (morality, meditative concentration and wisdom) – Paṭipatti.
  5. To translate and publish the sacred Pāli Tipiṭaka, its commentaries and sub-commentaries in different Indian and international languages.
  6. To teach meditation and to organize meditation courses, camps, retreats, etc.
  7. To organize seminars and conferences on various issues concerning Pali, Buddhist philosophy, the Tipitaka, the relevance of Buddha’s Teachings to modern life and development and practical application of the teachings of the Buddhism in as many modern fields as possible.
  8. To formulate and prepare teaching materials for the study of Pali and Theravada Buddhism from primary school to university levels.
  9. To promote a peaceful, contented and spiritually oriented society which contributes to world peace and happiness of all beings.

The Bhagavan Buddha University, which is presently being developed as a center of learning for Pali and Theravada Buddhism will also have collaboration with other educational institutions of repute, both from India and abroad.

Bhagavan Buddha University has already tied up with Tumkur University in Karnataka and started Mahabodhi Research Center offering Phd in Buddhism.

Presently Run Programs under BBU

Mahabodhi Research Center:
Offers Ph.D programs in Buddhism.

Classes on Pali and Abhidhamma
Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita has started classes on Pali and Abhidhamma which are continued by his disciples. Every week there is a class on Pali, class on Abhidhamma and a class on Sutta.

Tipitaka Translation
A separate section has been established in the university building as translation department. The translation work of the Tipitaka books into Kannada and Telugu languages is going on. Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita wished to publish sacred Pali Tipitaka in all major Indian scripts.


This Center offers the following correspondence courses which are recognized by the Karnataka State Open University

Diploma in Buddhist Studies – 1 year
B.A. in Buddhist Studies – 3 years
M.A. in Buddhist Studies – 2 years

This is the only program in the world where Theravada Buddhism can be studied through correspondence course recognized by the government university.

This program was started by our founder Ven.Dr.Acharya Buddharakkhita. Our founder enumerates the importance:
“…..we used to have such centers in the time of the Buddha and later in the times of Ashoka, Kanishka and Harshavardhana. But alas, being subject to the law of impermanence, these great centers have been lost to the detriment of the Indian civilization itself. Dhamma has its own intrinsic vitality and spiritual majesty that will benefit the Indian nation in the manner our history has never witnessed. India is coming up not only economically, politically and socially, but has a civilization and culture of non violence, moral purity and unity amidst diversity. These are basic qualities of Indian civilization which are so rich and profoundly powerful that India will gain its rightful place in the world community by its matured, prosperous and civilized way of life.”
The idea behind the training programs is practical education to bring about a qualitative change in daily life with verifiable results and harmonious social interaction. The training apart from understanding Buddhism and Buddhist living, will promote goodwill and harmony among the various Buddhist traditions to begin with, and extend the same further to interfaith amity programs, i.e. how best to live with people holding different religious views and beliefs. It is important that the candidates are trained to live in harmony with people, with nature and with oneself.

Collaborative Arrangement
The Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) and Maha Bodhi Society, Bengaluru have entered into collaboration to offer Theravada Buddhist Studies Programme for the first time in India.

For more detail about the enrolment and quires please visit the website