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Buddhadharma : Summer 2010
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly summer 20 1 0 86 For thirty years, the Buddhist Pub- lication Society (BPS) in Sri Lanka was the most important publisher of Theravada literature in English. Now, American companies also publish works in the Theravada tradition, but Bhikkhu Bodhi, a former editor of the society, says, “The BPS was the one that ploughed the path through the jungle.” The Buddhist Publication Society had its start in 1957 when A.S. Karunaratna, a former mayor of Kandy, decided to sponsor the publication of a booklet in were Buddhist scholars, they needed somebody with the requisite knowledge to take on editorial responsibility. They approached Ven. Nyanaponika, who was living just outside of Kandy. Nyanaponika was born Siegmund Feniger in 1901 to a Jewish family in Ger- many. His father operated a shoe shop and couldn’t afford to send him to univer- sity, so after finishing secondary school, Feniger took a job in a bookstore. There he found himself attracted to dharma books, and by twenty he considered him- self a committed practitioner. When Hitler came to power and began persecuting the Jews, Feniger escaped to Vienna and then went to Sri Lanka to study with Ven. Nyanatiloka, a German- born monk. Feniger received ordination and was given the name Nyanaponika. He settled easily into the ascetic life until World War II erupted, and, as a German male living in a British colony, he was interred from 1939 to 1946. In 1951, Nyanaponika moved to For- est Hermitage, a cottage compound near Kandy. This was where he was living when he became a BPS cofounder. Years later, when Bhikkhu Bodhi was the BPS editor, he also lived and worked at the Forest Hermitage, as does the cur- rent English editor, Bhikkhu Nyanatus- ita. “Due to the remote location in the forest,” says Nyanatusita, “there is only twelve-volt power from solar panels. The first solar panels came to the hermitage in the late 1980s. Before that, Ven. Nya- naponika and Ven. Bodhi were working at night with kerosene lamps. They did their writing by hand and on an old typewriter. “Maintaining the Forest Hermitage is quite a task. Two days ago, I had to go into the mosquito- and leech-infested jungle for a few hours to fix a leak in the plastic pipe that supplies drinking water; then this morning I wanted to Nyanaponika in his office at Forest Hermitage in the early 1970s By andrea miller ©ForestHermitagearcHives memory of a deceased relative, which is a tradition in Sri Lanka. His booklet was still at the printer’s when he came up with the idea to produce an English series on basic Buddhist teachings and to issue it for free distribution in Western countries. Karunaratna’s friend Richard Abeya- sekera was enthusiastic about the idea of spreading the dharma in the West and he became, as Bhikkhu Bodhi puts it, one of the society’s “guardian deities.” But since neither Karunaratna nor Abeyasekera Profi l e BUDDHIST PUBLICATION SOCIETY