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Branches of Maha Bodhi Society



Mahabodhi Mysuru branch was established in 1973 by Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita to provide holistic education to poor children in an atmosphere of love and care allowing the children to grow naturally and happily developing intelligence, compassion and wisdom at every stage. At present it runs 3 major programs with school for 500 children, hostel for 180 school boys and hostel to 40 college students. 


Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita founded Mahabodhi educational institution with a view to give the best of modern education along with character building teachings. The school provides HOLISTIC EDUCATION. Holistic Education is to being about total personal evolution, physical fitness, emotional balance and strength, social responsibility, cultural richness, spiritual growth of a child. This is achieved through:

  • Building of Character based on moral and spiritual principles constituting the foundation of happiness and peace;
  • Academic studies, which fulfil one’s intellectual thirst and also help a person to find one’s profession in life to help oneself and others; and
  • Caring inner environment and outer environment which includes relationship with people and nature around oneself.

Academic Excellence

Mahabodhi School is affiliated to CBSE and runs classes from LKG to 10th standard. The School emphasizes greatly on the academic excellence through all modes and methods as per the CBSE guidelines. It is regarded by the CBSE as one of the prompt and excellent schools. Year after year the results show the excellence and competitiveness among the students. We have a dedicated staff with the teacher student ratio of 1: 16.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The school gives great importance to extracurricular activities as children learn also through different methods. Children have more opportunities to learn and express their talents and creativity. The school students have excelled in sports, quiz, debates, inter school competitions in various fields. One factor that runs throughout the school time is JOY.

Meditation and Moral Values

Mahabodhi School gives very high importance to moral values. For this, the following five basics principles called ‘Pancha Sheela’ are taught:

  • I love all beings and refrain from harming or killing any living creature.
  • I share and give and refrain from stealing.
  • I treat everybody as brothers and sisters and respect relationships.
  • I speak truth and meaningful things and refrain from speaking lies.
  • I create clarity of mind and refrain from consuming mind confusing intoxicants, drugs, smoking.

The school classes start and end with 10-minute meditation. Every week there is also a group meditation where all the staff and children meditate together. Meditation teachers from India and abroad are invited to conduct meditation in the campus. This way, the school offers facilities for personal, physical, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual growth in a balanced way, which is the motto of the school: HOLISTIC EDUCATION FOR HAPPINESS AND EXCELLENCE. Learn more by visiting the school website.


 Mahabodhi Carla Student home in Mysuru is home to 180 children. The hostel is dedicated to the loving memory of Carla Thaddey from Switzerland, sister of Ms.Monica Thaddey. When it was planned to build this students home, nobody had any idea how this huge project will be fulfilled. At that juncture Maha Upasika Monica Thaddey came to know about this project and she helped to build this home which was inaugurated in 2001 by the Most Ven.Acharya Buddharakkhita Bhanteji. When she told that her sister Carla was fond of children and wanted to build a home for them, we named it as Carla Students Home to respect and fulfill her wish. This noble gesture with magnanimous contributions of Maha Upasika Monica Thaddey is continued till today to help the needy people, educate the poor children and guide the youth. Carla Students Home is fulfilling that need and already hundreds of children passed out after completing their studies successfully.

As it is known as ‘home’, the atmosphere there is also maintained like a family. Children from over 15-20 states of India are living there like a family with absolute love and respect to each other. The important aspect of Carla Home is imparting moral values very deeply with unlimited opportunities to explore their potentials through various activities. Learn more by visiting the dedicated website.


Mettaloka means ‘the World of Universal Love’. There are 30 students staying at Mahabodhi Mettaloka Youth Center, Mysore and some students in different cities studying different courses. These are students who have studied up to 10th in Mahabodhi School and now pursuing their higher studies in different colleges and universities. As in the Carla students Home they perform puja, practice meditation, attend Sunday Dhamma lectures and actively participate in other events, no matter if they stay in MMYC at Mysore or in hostels or anywhere. At MMYC the students manage their day to day activities like cooking, cleaning, prayer and their studies themselves. Every year the MMYC family is growing bigger.

The courses in which the students are studying are humanities, commerce, science, pharmacy, teacher’s training course, Ayurvedic medicine, law, journalism, hotel management, nursing, fine arts, animation, Buddhist studies in different countries and some have become very wonderful monks. Every student from Mettaloka after completion of their degree and master courses, happily volunteer for one year to help various project of Mahabodhi as wardens, teachers, accountant, sponsorship in charge and share their helping hand in many programs organized by Mahabodhi. MMYC students normally never forget the kindness and compassion showered by Mahabodhi.