BOI International Buddhist Centre in Piliyandala
The foundation laying ceremony of the BOI International Buddhist
Centre took place on May 15 at 10 a.m. at Piliyandala.
BOI Chairman/Director General Dhammika Perera and several officials
The BOI International Buddhist Centre is established to showcase
Buddhism and its contribution to society in a single and dedicated
location. This centre could become a magnet for Buddhists all around the
world as well as those who have an interest in the philosophy of
Under the Mahinda Chinthana, the Government has identified as one of
its objectives “making Sri Lanka a Global centre for the propagation of
the teachings of the Lord Buddha”.
This is done in order to “enlighten the citizens of the world, the
peaceful co-existence through the Dhamma”. The site for the project is
at Kesbewa, Piliyandala, which is just 25 kilometers away from Colombo
and 50 kilometers from the Bandaranaike International Airport. The land
is close to the Bolgoda Lake, which is one of the largest bodies of
fresh water in the Western Province.
There are a number of elements to the project. The first is the
construction of a 291 foot high Stupa. This will be a solid brick
structure based on the design and proportions and a replica of the Maha
Thupa of Ruwanweliseya.
The land adjoining the stupa will consist of 14 lots approximately in
two acres, which are earmarked as sites for the International Buddhist
Centres. The BOI is confident that Governments of Buddhist countries and
religious organisations will invest in this centre.
The BOI has already generated interest for the project at missions in
China, Japan and Korea and in visiting delegations from Buddhist
This novel project will encourage religious tourism as many Buddhist
countries are undergoing rapid economic growth. Buddhism has also grown
in importance in the west, notably in the USA, where many prominent
Americans have espoused the Buddhist faith.
The International Buddhist Centers will promote academic research and
strengthen core values, which will also benefit the Sri Lankan society.