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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2553

Western Province Governor in alms-giving ceremony to mark ‘Tripitakabhivandana’ Week'

Colombo, 24 March, (Asiantribune.com):

A total of 100 members of the Maha Sangha were hosted at a massive alms-giving ceremony at the Kalyani Raja Maha Vihara in Kelaniya on last Wednesday here.

The event, part of the ‘Tripitakabhivandana’ Week, to mark the occasion of initiating the process to declare the Theravada Tripitaka as a World Heritage, was sponsored by the Presidential Secretariat, and organized by the Western Province Governorate in cooperation with the Western Province Chief Ministry and the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sahba.

The Theravada Tripitaka was declared as a National Heritage of Sri Lanka by the President on January 5, this year, at the Aluviharaya Temple in Matale.

The national ceremony to announce the proposal made by Sri Lanka to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to declare the Theravada Tripitaka as a World Heritage, will be held under the patronage of the Maha Sangha including with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Maha Maluwa of the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.

Secretary to the President Udaya R.Seneviratne, Western Province Governor M. Azath Salley, Provincial Council Chief Minister Isuru Devapriya, provincial council ministers, senior government officials were present at the forenoon event.

Speaking on the occasion, Venerable Kotupola Amarkirthi Thera said the whole country appreciates President Sirisena’s magnanimous gesture in declaring Theravada Tripitaka as a National Heritage of Sri Lanka.

“This will make the whole world known about the significance of the Tripitaka and also the significance of the far-sighted policies and principles preached and practiced by Lord Buddha.

He also pointed out that eminent scholars like Betrand Russel and Albert Einstein have accepted the fact that Lord Buddha’s teachings have gone to the extent of paving a new way of life to humanity.

Thanking those responsible to make this event a grand success, Governor Salley told the media that President Sirisena had embarked on a comprehensive program to cover all sectors in the society to embrace religion, society, economy and other allied fields that would greatly benefit the people. He stressed that President Sirisena wants to make Sri Lanka a comfortable place for all communities to live peacefully in this fair isle.

Enumerating the recent projects undertaken to ameliorate the social conditions of the people, the governor said they include, the fight against the abuse of drug, national campaign to combat bribery and corruption, reduce the use of tobacco and educational reforms at primary and secondary levels.

- Asian Tribune -

Western Province Governor in alms-giving ceremony to mark ‘Tripitakabhivandana’ Week'
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