In keeping with the strong and affluent tradition that this University has inherited from the Vidyodaya era, the Department of Palia and Buddhist Studies has recently introduced an evaluation programme for Dhamma-School teachers. The Ministry of Buddhasasana has organised several teaching centers island wide for this examination. The Department has received many appreciations regarding this timely step of helping Dhamma Schools to get the knowledge of their teachers improved and assessed by a University set up with strong roots in Buddhist Studies (In fact in 1960’s this University conducted a similar examination called Bauddhacharya Diploma).

The good news has attached the interest of some foreign Buddhist Institutions as well. For instance, Nalanda University College of USA has sought collaboration to run a parallel programme to prepare students for this examination. We have recently received another request from the Buddhist Research Society of Singapore requesting to arrange a similar programme leading to a Diploma in Buddhist Studies. In response to these requests, the Department proposes to introduce a Diploma course open not only to Dhamma teachers but also to any one interested to join such a programme and get their knowledge assessed by our University. This will be open to students of both local and abroad. The final examination will be held in such countries where Franchised institution provide tuition and assist in organizing examination centers.

For this Diploma Examination, the students need to register with this University in the beginning of any given year and study for about nine months. Local students may study on their own if they so desire, but the foreign students will have to register and study through a Franchised institution. This University may enter into a memorandum of understanding with such institutions in providing proper facilities to train students.


Providing entry level facilities for students to specialize the Buddhist with the intention of encouraging them to pursue further the knowledge in Buddhism.

Medium of Examination

Sinhala/ English


Duration of the course is nine months. For local students lecture will held on Saturdays.

Entry Requirements

GCE O/L examination with six passes or equivalent.

Structure of the Examination and the Assessment

Candidates have to sit for four question papers of 3 hour duration and a short essay of 5000 words on an approved topic, and obtain above 40 marks for each paper. Candidates who score an average of 65% marks will be entitled to a merit pass and 40-64% will receive general pass. If a candidate happens to fail in any subject he may re-sit and complete his diploma at two more attempts.



The following are the titles of the question papers and the break-down of the Topics that the candidates are supported to study.

Paper 01- Philosophy of Early Buddhism

Philosophical stand of Early Buddhism and its place in the history of Indian philosophy.

Buddhist theory of knowledge
Ontology, Dependent Origination, Three Signata, Four Fold Truth
Ethics and Mortality, Free will, Karma, Moral responsibility
Aesthetic concepts

Paper 02 – Social Philosophy of Buddhism

Social criticism
Concept of man and society
Social Institution
Economic and Political ideals
Social problems. crime and punishment

Paper 03- Buddhism and Counselling

Introduction to Counselling
Buddhist Counselling Method
Buddhist analysis of mind
Buddhist mental culture

Paper 04 – Development of Buddhist Schools

Doctrinal disputes and councils
Mahasanghika schools and the origin of Mahayana
Saravakayana schools
Mahayana schools
Tantrayana Buddhism

Paper 05- A short essay of 5000 words on an approved topic.