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Thera hails Govt. for making Thripitaka a World Heritage

Religious Advisor of Qing Liang Vihara in Singapore and Dhamma Voice International Buddhist Centre Chief Incumbent Ven. Yatamalagala Sumanasara Thera hailed the efforts of President Maithripala Sirisena for taking steps to convince the UNESCO to declare Theravada Thripitaka - the Buddhist Sacred Writings, a World Heritage.

Appreciating the President’s naming of those who fought for freedom at Wellassa in 1818 as National Heroes, the Thera said he admires the President’s efforts to give Buddhism its due place in the world stage by declaring Theravada Thripitaka, a World Heritage in January at a ceremony in Aluvihara Temple in Matale.

The Aluvihara temple was the venue where the Buddha's teachings were written on Ola leaves in the first century BC, during the reign of King Walagamba. The teachings of the Buddha 2300 years ago thus contain in three volumes in one basket or Thripitaka, under the titles Sutta (Stanza), Vinaya (Code of Conduct) and Abhidhamma (Doctrinal Buddhism).

Sri Lanka is blessed with the Thripitakya with the arrival of Arahath Mihindu Thera. The edited version of the Thripitaka was printed in 1956 to mark the 2500th Buddha Jayanthi in Sri Lanka.

“We are pleased to learn that a national ceremony is planned with the participation of the Maha Sangha, including the Prelates of the Three Chapters and the President, on Saturday at the Maha Maluwa of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, to mark the announcement of the proposal made by the government to the UNESCO to declare the Buddhist Sacred Writings - Theravada Thripitaka, a World Heritage,” the Thera said.

“We appreciate the Ministers of the Buddha Sasana and Housing Construction and Cultural Affairs, and other Ministries for this historical and memorable event in Sri Lankan history,” the Thera added.

“We also welcome the move to conduct a week-long Thripitakabhivandana programme with the exposition of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Janapathi Sadhaham Yathra.

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