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Tripitakabhivandana Week :

President pledges to protect Buddhist philosophy

The Tripitakabhivandana Week was declared to create a Buddhist revival in the country, as well as to provide knowledge to the younger generation of the Theravada Tripitaka, said President Maithripala Sirisena.

The Tripitakabhivandana Week has been declared prior to the proposal made by Sri Lanka to UNESCO to declare the Theravada Tripitaka as a World Heritage, the President also said.

He was speaking at a religious ceremony to unveil the stone statue of the Buddha, which was erected at the Selgiri Temple in Newakada, Udubaddawa, Kuliyapitiya, on Sunday.

The President said some people were attempting to interpret Buddhist philosophy in various ways and that they are issuing statements against him when he expresses his ideas regarding it.

President Sirisena emphasised that as the President as well as a Buddhist, he will fulfil his responsibilities towards protecting the Buddhist philosophy for the benefit of future generations.

The President made the first offering of flowers to the Buddha statue.

He also presented a special memento to Ven. Alankulame Premasiri Thera and the Thera also presented a replica of the Buddha statue to the President.

President Sirisena also presented a memento to the architect of the Buddha statue, Deshabandu C.W. Wickramasinghe.

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