Viharas to be set up abroad
Prime Minister D M Jayarathne plants a sapling of the
Jayasri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura for the proposed
International Buddhist centre at Wisdom Park in Manila.
The establishment of Buddhist Viharas to mark the 2600th Sambuddhatva
Jayanthi commenced in the Philippines capital of Manila on May 16 under
the patronage of the Maha Sangha and Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne.
The Prime Minister who spoke at the ceremony told the gathering that
arrangements had been made to set up Buddhist Viharas in about 30
countries where there are no such Buddhist Viharas.
The function was attended by the Maha Sangha, the members of the
Diplomatic corps, the Sri Lanka Ambassador in the Philippines Navalage
Benet Cooray, the Prime Minister's Secretary S. Amarasekera and Private
Secretary Anuradha Jayaratne.