Welcome to SIBV

Staten Island Buddhist Vihara(SIBV) is a Sri Lankan Buddhist temple that practice Theravada tradition. The temple was established in July 1999 with the help of the Sri Lankan community on Staten Island. Bhante Kondanna, the abbot of the SIBV is conducting the services of the temple from its beginning under the guidance of Kurunegoda Piyatissa Nayaka Maha thera, the chief incumbent of New York Buddhist Vihara. From the beginning of the SIBV, the temple is giving it services not only to Sri Lankan community, but also to all other friends who needs our service. Being a member of the "Building Bridges" SIBV is doing a service to build friendship among other religious communities with other religious leaders. We are happy that we were able to help the New Yorkers during the 9/11 tragedies. We appreciate your contribution during the 2004 Tsunami disaster in Sri Lanka. We thank specially to 9/11 friends and all New Yorkers.

View of The Temple

Resident Monks

Bhante Hennbunne Kondanna

Bhante Kondañña is a Sri Lankan Buddhist Monk. He received his novice ordination in 1968, his monastic training in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and a BA in Buddhist Philosophy from University of Kelaniye, Sri Lanka.
In 1985, he came to USA to participate and provide his skills and services at the New York Buddhist Vihara. At that time the Venerable Kondanna began to attend classes at CUNY and now holds a BS in Social Work. And in 1997 he obtained a MSW from Fordham University, New York.
Bhante Kondanna believes that human beings should grow up having a spiritual foundation. He hopes that his contributions, experiences and knowledge enrich and enhance the lives of the all people here in this City of New York, and wherever his life takes him.

Bhante Pinnagala Pangnatissa

Bhante Pangnatissa is a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk who follows the Theravada tradition. In 1976, he got his ordination under the guidance of Bhante Panane Saddhatissa who is the spiritual teacher. He graduated from the university of Peradeniya in 1992. From 1993 he worked as the Sinhalese teacher in Sri Dharmananda Pirivena Balangoda till 2001.In the year 2000 he got his master degree from the University of Kelaniya. In 2001 he came to America with the invitation of Bhante Kondanna. Since 2001 he has been a resident monk at the Staten Island Buddhist Vihara on staten Island, New York. Since then he has been conducting services to the Vihara community. In 2013, he earned bachelor's degree in computer science from The College of Staten Island City University of New York.

Bhante Neluwe Ratanatiss

Venerable Bhante Neluwe Ratanatissa received his ordination in 1966 from the Maha Bodhi Society in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Following 5 years of missionary work, he moved to Maha Bodhi Society of India, Kolkata in 1971.  In 1983, Bhante Ratanatissa was appointed the head priest of the Sri Lanka Buddhist Center in Japan.  He moved to the United States in 1990 and has worked in Minnesota, Maryland & New York temples.



Bhante Kumbaloluwe Wimalajothi


Bhante Puwakgahakotuwe Indajothi