2600th Sri Sambuddhatva Jayanthi Vesak week
‘Create disciplined generation adhering to principles’
The 2600th Sri Sambuddhatva Jayanthi which dawns on Vesak Pasalosvaka
Poya day in the year 2,555 of the Buddhist calendar is an important
occasion for Buddhists throughout the world, said Most Ven Udugama Sri
Buddharakkhita Mahanayake Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter in a message to
mark the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi.
Most Ven Udugama
Sri Buddharakkhita Mahanayake Thera
Most Ven Udugama Sri Buddharakkhita Mahanayake Thera said, “ascetic
Siddhartha, who was interested in exploring the truth, studied
contemporary philosophies and ideas in Bharata and underwent six years
of suffering and attained enlightenment 2600 years ago under the Esathu
Bodhi in Buddhagaya, understanding worldly reality through his life
experiences and knowledge after following codes of perfection for aeons.
Subsequently, he toured the length and breadth of the country preaching
the dhamma for the benefit of humankind for 45 years.
“The value of Buddhism had not been reduced one bit despite various
challenges faced for 26 centuries owing to its philosophic and practical
“Since Buddhism is a teaching which can be adhered by anyone wishing
to make the best out of this world and life hereafter, it has gained
world attention to the delight of all buddhists.
“There has been no greater biography in human history than the
character of the Buddha. At this time when we are commemorating the
2600th Sri Sambuddhatva Jayanthi, it is the duty of all including the
laity and clergy to endeavour to create a disciplined future generation
giving pride of place to the adherence of principles.
“Our motherland was called Dharmadvipa due to the great Sinhala
Buddhist culture nurtured by the discipline gained through Buddhism.
Rebuilding of such an environment is the biggest tribute which can be
paid to Buddha.
“May the blessings of the noble Triple Gem and the Sacred Tooth Relic
enable to achieve that noble objective excluding meaningless and selfish
‘Lead prosperous lives by uplifting moral values’
Most Ven Tibbotuwawe
Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thera
Vesak Pasalosvaka Poya day which marks the birth, enlightenment and
the parinibbana of Siddharta Gauthama Buddha is the greatest day of
significance to Buddhists throughout the world, said Most Ven
Tibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatta
Chapter in a message to mark the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi.
The Most Venerable Mahanayaka Thera said, “Siddharta Gauthama Buddha,
who worked with unmatched courage, self sacrifice and non-violence,
completed ten-fold perfections from the time He made a determination to
attain Buddhahood and achieved his goal 2600 years ago and rendered a
great service to humankind and world peace for 45 years. There is no
greater service than this in the history of the world.
“On this 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi, may one and all resolve to
lead a prosperous life by uplifting moral and spiritual values while
engaging in dana, seela, bhavana and Amisa and Prathipatti pooja while
making arrangements to propagate the dhamma throughout the world.
“May the blessings of the Noble Triple Gem and Sacred Tooth Relic be
with all beings.”
‘Let us commemorate this unique event adhering to principles’
It is 2600 years since the attainment of enlightenment by the
Bodhisathva, which falls on Vesak Full Moon Poya day this year, which is
a memorable and unique event for the people of Sri Lanka as well as the
entire Buddhist population of the world, said Most Ven Niyangoda
Vijithasiri Anunayake Thera, Head of the Presidential Steering Committee
in a special message for the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi.
Most Ven. Niyangoda Vijithasiri Anunayake Thera
The Most Venerable Anunayake Thera said, the enlightment of Buddha
was an epic event for the people to find solutions to their existing
problems based on the Four Noble Truths. A Buddha is born based on these
principles of the Sambuddhatva.
“As such the race, creed and caste has no place in this lifestyle.
“Therefore, it will be of vital importance for all’s well-being, if
humankind pays attention to the Noble Teachings of Buddha. This message
will be an everlasting communique.
“Already a 20 point plan of action on the theme ‘Let us prepare the
principles by revitalizing our moral life’ with the concurrence of the
Most Venerable Mahanayaka Theras of the Three Nikayas has been prepared
and action has been taken to implement the same.
“The main principles of the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi can be made
successful if all the people viz the Venerable Maha Sangha and the lay
people extended a practical way of approach.
“It will be the obligation of the Sri Lankan Buddhists who are the
hereditory owners of the religion and others to divert their attention
for the fulfillment of the Noble Teachings of Buddha for the betterment
“To commemorate this event, the government has declared the period
from the Full Moon Day of Vesak 2011 to the Full Moon Poya day of Vesak
2012 as the Sambuddhathva Jayanthi year.
“Let us pay our utmost attention by observing panchaseela which is
based for the moral uplifting of humankind, refraining from taking meat,
getting used to lead a simple life, setting apart a time for members of
the family for religious activities, being disciplined, courteous and
dressing in white attire when attending religious activities during this
period of the year.
“To mark the dawn of the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi, the temples
are requested to ring bells at 5.45 am on May 17,2011 and it is expected
that this day will be set apart for observing Atasil by Sri Lankan
The Special Presidential Steering Committee for the 2600th
Sambuddhatva Jayanthi sincerely and benevolently appeal to the Venerable
Maha Sangha and the Buddhist population of Sri Lanka to take no pains to
commemorate the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi adhering to principles.
“May all beings be well and happy!
‘Buddhism, philosophy suitable for all times’
Sukho Buddanana Uppado, it is a great blessing to gain a human soul
and live during a period following the birth of a Buddha, said Health
Minister and SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena in a message to
mark the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi, recalling a preaching by Buddha.
He said, “Gauthama Buddha gained enlightenment by the power and
strength of the ten-fold perfections which he fulfilled for aeons.
“When Buddha was exploring the truth, the entire Indian society had a
tendency to understand the truth about the objective in life.
“As a result of rallying an entire society towards one single goal,
Gauthama Buddha attained enlightenment like a lotus whichblossomed from
“It is pertinent for us to give thought to this matter during the
2600th Sri Sambuddhatva Jayanthi Vesak festival.
“We are, today, celebrating the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi at a
time when the whole world is beginning to realise the truth of Buddha’s
Current socio-economic transformations has made the world an
unsuitable place to live in.
“In this situation Buddhism has been established as an eternal
philosophy suitable for all times.
“Let us all make this Sri Sambuddhatva Jayanthi an opportunity to
lead a fruitful life gaining inspiration from Buddha’s dhamma.”
Vesak in Los Angeles
Vesak was celebrated at Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Viharaya in Los
Angeles on May 7 under the guidance of Ven Walpola Piyananda Thera.
Picture shows the Bhakthi gee event which was held at Dharma
Vijaya Buddhist Viharaya in Los Angeles, USA
The day began with members of the Dayake Sabha observing Sil. Ven
Yogavacara Rahula, an American monk ordained in Sri Lanka gave a sermon
and conducted a meditation session.
Another programme began at 4.30 pm with children competing for prizes
in speech and pali chanting. Awards were given for essay contest
The Sri Lankan acting Consul General, Asoka Godawita presented the
A drama entitled “Tanha” was presented by the children, directed by
Sunil Semasinghe, and a youth orchestra and choir performed bhakti gee
and popular Sri Lankan melodies directed by Ramani Weerasingha.
Dharma Vijaya’s resident monks including Ven Dr Udagama Sumangala,
Ven Bambarawane Kalyanawansa and Ven Gajanayakagama Kassapa participated
in the religious services.
Ven Kalabululande Dhammajothi spent the week before Vesak
constructing an elaborate, multi-tiered and lighted moving lantern.
A giant screen was erected to display a digital pandol, which was
provided by the Colombo University.
Dansala was served by the temple youth at the end of the evening.
‘Bring down wall of disharmony’
with dedication to bring down the wall of disharmony being built between
the Sinhala and Tamil communities by pro-LTTE elements and pave the way
for a renaissance of the Buddhist thinking in the people, said National
Freedom Front Leader and Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and
Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa, in a message to mark the
2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi.
The minister said that another objective of the people during this
Vesak festival should be to raise the living condition of thousands of
Tamil people who had been under the threat of LTTE terrorism for nearly
‘Espouse non-violence, love and compassion’
should utilize the Buddhist philosophy to create a peaceful world
espousing non-violence, love and compassion within the next century,
states Agrarian Services and Wildlife Minister S M Chandrasena in a
message to mark the Sambuddhatva Jayanthi and Vesak Poya.
He said, “Sri Lankan Buddhists imbibed with Theravada Buddhist
Culture are commemorating the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi on a grand
“Peace has returned to the country which is now marching towards
development and prosperity.
“The government is today committed to nurture and protect Buddhism
and the blessings of the dhamma should bring peace and tranquility to
the whole world where many regions are experiencing the fear of war and
A Vesak lanterns competition and exhibition will be held at
Kiribathgoda from May 17 to 31 organized by the Public Affairs Minister
Mervyn Silva in collaboration with Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha and
Kiribathgoda Suhada Eksath Welenda Sangamaya.
The first three prize winners will be awarded cash prizes of Rs
200,000, Rs 150,000 and Rs 100,000.
Programmes in Beruwala
Special religious programmes will be held in Beruwala district to
mark the 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi under the guidance of Fisheries
and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Rajitha Senaratne. The first
ceremony will start at the Malegoda Pushparama temple with a perahera on
May 11 and sanghika dhana will be offered to 100 bhikkhus. Foundation
stone laying ceremony for Dhathu Mandiraya and library in Mathugama
Yatadolawatta Wachissararamaya will be held on May 17.
A series of pinkamas organized by the People’s Bank, Kelaniya branch
will be held on Vesak Poya day.
A dhammadesanawa will commence at 3.30 pm preached by Ven Morawaka
Soratha Nayake Thera, Chief Incumbent of Sri Nagarukkaramaya, Wewelduwa,
Kelaniya. Vesak lantern competition for Kelaniya schoolchildren and an
ice cream dansala will also be held.
Dham Aruna Dhamma book copies will be distributed at Kossinna Raja
Maha Viharaya at 9.45 am and copies will be distributed free of charge
at Kelaniya branch premises at 3.30 pm.
Ratnapura religious activities
Public Administration and Home Affairs Ministry will conduct a
special religious programme on May 17 in Ratnapura district under the
patronage of Minister W D J Senewiratne. Pandals have been erected
across main access roads to Ratnapura from Eheliyagoda, Imbulpe,
Ambilipitiya and Kalawana while the area covering them has been declared
as the Minipura Vesak Zone.
Exposition of Sacred Buddha Relics, Vesak lanterns and bhakthi gee
competitions, ordaining ceremonies, Vesak dramas and Buddhist film
festivals, tree planting and helping people in need will be included in
the programme. Arrangements are being made to build a home for one needy
family in every divisional secretariat division of the Ratnapura
district during this Sambuddhathva year. This programme will be
inspected once in every three months.
A massive Vesak Pandal put up by Horana Podu Velanda Sangamaya for
the 16th consecutive year will be displayed from May 16 to May 22 in
front of Horana Super Market. The Pandal carries the story of Sambula
‘Poya Day Discussion’ on ITN
ITN will commence telecasting ‘Poya Day Discussion’, programme from
Vesak Poya day on May 17 at 8.30 pm
Buddhist philosophy will be analyzed by a panel of learned Buddhist
monks and intellectuals. This programme has been presented by Rosmand
Senaratne since 1997.
A special religious programme to mark the 2600th
Sambuddhatva Jayanthi was held at the Ambuluwewa All
Religious Bio-Density complex at Gampola under the patronage
of Prime Minister D M Jayaratne. Picture shows the Maha
Sangha and the Prime Minister at religious functions in
front of the Samadhi Buddha Statue at Ambuluwewa. A Cheevara
pooja to the Buddhist statue also took place.