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President Mahinda Rajapaksa Laid the Foundation stone for the Sri Sambuddha Jayanthi Mandira

President Mahinda Rajapaksa Laid the Foundation stone for the Sri Sambuddha Jayanthi Mandira

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First donation has been given by madam Ranjani Herath in memory of her late husbend Mr. Sirisena Herath and her Parent to this Sri Sambuddhatva Jayanthi Madiraya on 3rd of February 2010.

An Article Published in the Budusarana News paper on 25th July 2010, written by the Most Venerable Davuldena Gnanissara Maha Thero of Sri Lanka Maha Sangha Sabha

2600 Sri Sambuddha Jayanthi Memorial Building is

A Necessity of the Era.

In preserving the Buddhism in an attempt to propagate it in various Eras, different individuals came forward and projects were launched.

After the Buddha attained Nibbanahood, the main objective was to preserve the original word of the Buddha as written in the Tripitaka text. In that attempt kings like Ajasaththa and Arahants like Kasyapa and Ananda theros were playing a leading role.

With the elapse of 100 years, after Buddha attaining Nibbanahood, there was a time of great controversy related to the vinaya or the discipline among the Sangha. The main aim of that Era was to preserve the word of Buddha by eradicating various misconceptions. To fulfill the objectives of the pro Buddhist movement, thero's like yasa, Sabbhakhami and King Kalashoka came to the fore.

Two Hundred and Thirty Six years after the parinirvana of Buddha, there was a bleak period in which Buddhism completely faded away and was a great need to uplift it. For this purpose two envoys namely Moggaliputta Tissa Thero and King Dharmasoka were sent from Brahmaloka. Theros's like Mihindu helped the King Dharmasoka everyway in the massive project launched by him to propagate Buddhism.

King Dharmasoka's Buddhist movement was a great need of the time for the uptiftment of Buddhism when the society was down trodden with frequent conflicts and wars.

In Sri Lanka King Devanampiyatissa who was the King at that time was a Great man of the Era Who fulfilled those tasks.

In Sri Lanka the Buddhism which was about to fade away due to constant conflicts, wars and famine were well preserved due to the timely effort taken by the Buddhist priests to preserve them for future generation by writing them on ola leafs.

With the help of the Buddhist Kings the priests were able to preserve it and bring it to the present generation. If there was no suitable person to do the work envoys were brought from other worlds. Nagasena was such a person brought from divya loka and Moggaliputtatissa was brought to this world from Brahmaloka. Milinda Panha was also a good attempt taken during that era to preserve the Buddhism.

What is the present day requirement? Arthur C. Clarke in an article has said, in the near future all the religions will gradually fade away except Buddhism which will remain as the universal religion of this world. On that day we Sri Lankan's have to present to the world the Buddhism in its purest form because the future generation will value the Theravada Buddhist tradition over other traditions.

To fulfill that task there should be a place or a center to give the world what they are looking for. Need of such a centre is important because, the future generation the world over will look for a place to research and debate the important aspects of Buddhism, written in a universal language like English.

The project launched to build the Sambuddha Jayanthi Mandiraya by Ven. Kirama Wimalajothi Thero is a step taken to cater to the need of the Era, We have realized after careful study of the plans the centre comprises of all the state of the art facilities to serve the prospective researchers and intellectuals who are interested in doing further studies of Buddhism at global level.

Therefore I firmly believe your donations towards this project is not a waste of money, but it will fulfill a great need of an Era.


Written by the Most Venerable
Davuldena Gnanissara Maha Thero

                                                                                        Translated by Hemantha Samaranayake

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   Ven. Kirama Wimalajothi Thero.
   Buddhist Cultural Centre,
   No. 125, Anderson Road,
   Nedimala, Dehiwala.
   Sri Lanka.
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FUTURE PLANS
 

Now the time has come for us to work towards a righteous society cultivating independent minds nurtured by our great heritage. To achieve this goal we have to speed up the work we were doing, methodically and in a well organized manner. To fulfill this task we are planning to pay more attention to the following:

• To provide dhamma texts and other facilities for newly ordained monks to make
    them more erudite and in turn to be of service to society.

• To start Dhamma training courses for Bhikkhunis and Samaneris in our centre and
    in other suitable places Islandwide.

• To bring up a well disciplined future generation, Buddhist Cultural Centre expects
    to carry out more projects for dhamma school children as well as for the other
    youth by providing Dhamma books, through electronic media and computers.

• To provide financial assistance and materiel needs for dilapidated temples in
    rural areas where the resources are limited.