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Berkeley Buddhist Vihara

6200 Columbia Ave, Richmond, CA 94804


(510) 526 0230


info@ berkeleyvihara.org




The Berkeley Buddhist Vihara was established as a religious non-profit organization, and registered with the Inland Revenue Service in 2002 as such. The vihara property was donated by Dr. Kusum Perera and Dr. Amara Samarakkody in memory of their ancestors and consecrated as a temple in the same year. As the first president and vice president of organization, Ven. Ketawala Gnanadhaja and Ven. Kahataruppe Wimalaratana respectively served from the inception of the vihara. They had received their higher ordination and belonged to the maha sangha for more than 30 years each. As such they were exceptionally qualified to head a temple of the Sri Lankan Buddhist Theravada tradition.


Berkeley Buddhist Vihara is operated under the guidance of Ven. Rajakeeya Panditha Weligama Gnanaratna Mahanayaka Thero of Amarapura Sri Dharma Rakshita Sect, Mallikaramaya, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka. Both these monks belong to the same temple. Since then, Sri Lankans and other Buddhists in the greater bay area have been attending to the needs of the vihara and the resident monks. Since the beginning of BBV, Ven.Wimalaratana has been the resident monk at the temple conducting religious activities for the community.


Resident Monks

Ven. Kahataruppe Wimalaratana Thero
(Chief Incumbent, President)

Thripitakavedee (Bhikkhu University in Anuradhapura)

MA, Shashthrapathi (Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies)

He was a lecturer at Sri Dharma Rakshita Pirivena, Mallikaramaya, Ratmalana. Ven. Wimalaratana has been Buddhist Monk since 1977 and got his higher ordination in 1984.

Ven. Nagasena Thero

Became a Buddhist Monk in 1997 and lived in Sri Lanka at Mallikaramaya and Makadugoda, Sri Negrodharamaya for 5 years before returning back to US.




Ven. Kannadeniye Santa Thero






Visiting Monks

Ven. Tapowane Sutadhara Thero
(Director, An Lac Mission, Ventuna)







Advisory Board


Venerable Rajakeeya Pandita Weligama Gnanaratana Thero

Patriarch of  the The Dharmarakshitha Sect of Amarapura Nikaya; brings 80 years of monastic experience in solving disputes; scholar in monastic conduct. Resides at Mallikaramaya.




Venerable Ranasgalle Gnanaweera Thero

Deputy Chief Abbot of Mallikaramaya, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka


Venerable Maharagama Dharmasiri Thero

Chief Abbot of Washington Buddhist Vihara and Maharagama Sri Vajiraghana Dharmayathanaya


Dr. Shamitha Kusum Perera


Lay Committee Members (2018 - 2019)


President: Ven. Kahataruppe Wimalaratana Thero.
Vice-President: Ven. Kahataruppe Wimalakitti.
Secreatary: Vijith Thilakaratne.
Assistant Secretary: Gamini Ranatunga.
Treasurer: Mallawa Perera.
Assitant Treasurer: Lalani Pathirana.


Following members are proposed and appointed as committee Members:
Senaka Wickramasinghe
Soma De Silva
Ranjan Wijegunaratne
Niluka Wanniarchchi
Jayantha Randeniya
Nimali Senadheera
Achala Jayagoda