High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Katukurunde Nanananda Thera is a Sri Lankan Bhikkhu (Buddhist Monk) and a Buddhist scholar. He is best known for the research monograph Concept and Reality in Early Buddhist Thought and the exploratory study The Magic of the Mind. Ven. Nanananda is the abbot of Pothgulgala Aranya, a small forest monastery in Devalegama, Sri Lanka. Ven. Nanananda initially ordained at the Island Hermitage. Three other monks were ordained with him, two of them being Ven. N asuci (later Samanera Bodhesako) and Ven. N ajivako (Prof. edomil Velja i ). After the Meetirigala Nissarana Vanaya was established with Ven. Matara Sri Nanarama Mahathera as the abbot and the meditation master, Ven. Nanananda moved to that monastery in 1972 and re-ordained under Ven. Nanarama. When Ven. Nanarama Mahathera passed away in 1992, Ven. Nanananda moved to Pothgulgala Aranya, where he still resides as the abbot.