From Then...to Now

The Kalutara Bōdhi Trust (KBT) was established in 1951 through the pioneering efforts of Sir Cyril de Zoysa, Proctor SC and Notary Public, a successful and prominent lawyer of the Kalutara Bar and a great philanthropist.

Sir Cyril garnered the support of six successful lawyers, who enthusiastically committed themselves to establishing the Kalutara Bōdhi Trust. He offered the chair to Sir Ernest de Silva with the other founding trustees being Mr. Hema Basnayake QC (who went on to become the Chief Justice), Mr. V.T. de Zoysa, Sir Cyrilʼs younger brother and an Advocate of distinction, Mr. P.F.A. Gunatilaka, Mr. Wilson de Silva, Mr. H.A. de Abrew and Mr. V.L. Wijemanne. The establishment up of this trust paved the way for the steady and growing swell of humanitarian work that has flowed ever since.

Initially confined to the Kalutara region, the scope of work has since expanded with humanitarian assistance now spread far and wide across the country. Founded upon Buddhist principles, and as the name suggests, with the protection and nurturing of the sacred and historic Bō Tree of Kalutara being one of its primary objectives, KBT’s vision nevertheless embraces people of all races, castes and creeds with the sole criteria for qualifying for assistance being “need”.

KBT is a not-for-profit organisation with its key strength being a diverse pool of resources and a broad-based network of distribution.

 
Serving and Empowering
At KBT, our efforts at serving and empowering communities fall broadly into three categories – Social, Educational and Health. We intentionally bring our activities under the umbrella classification of ‘Serving and Empowering’ as it more fully describes the aspirations and accomplishments of KBT: that is, looking beyond poverty alleviation and humanitarian assistance, towards the greater goal of serving the less fortunate and empowering needy sectors of the population to achieve sustainable development.
 

Sir Cyril de Zoysa
President of the Senate, Sri Lanka (1955 – 1961)
“He embodied a love for all beings (mettā), compassion (karunā), joy at the success of others (muditā) and equanimity (upekhā)”.

The caitya lit up on a Vesak night – the cascading light shed by the illumination symbolises the light that the Buddha brought upon this world.
 
 
 
 
The Kalutara Bōdhi Trust (KBT) was established in 1951 by Sir Cyril de Zoysa
 
The library at Kalutara Bhodi trust, houses a large number of valuable Buddhist literature.
 
The essence of true charity is to give something without expecting anything in return for the gift. Donating blood is one such thing.
The legacy of Sir Cyril de Zoysa, the founder of the Kalutara Bōdhi
Trust, is every bit a monument which shall certainly endure...
 
 
 
 
 
Contact Details
Postal Address : The Kalutara Bhodi Trust,
  : Kalutara, Sri Lanka.
Telephone : +94 034 - 2226483
Fax : +94 034 - 2221782
Enail Address : bodhitrustkalutara@gmail.com
 
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