THERAWADA BUD­DHISM GAVE BIRTH TO NEW CIV­I­LIZA­TION IN SL

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY YOHAN PER­ERA AND COR­RE­SPON­DENTS

Therawada Bud­dhism gave birth to a new civ­i­liza­tion in Sri Lanka, Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe said over the week­end. Prime Min­is­ter ex­pressed this sen­ti­ment dur­ing the Na­tional Ve­sak Fes­ti­val held at To­taga­muwa Vi­hara on Satur­day.

“Bud­dhism should be given the fore­most place in the coun­try in ac­cor­dance with the Con­sti­tu­tion and Sri Lanka should be made the cen­tre of Therawada Bud­dhism in the globe,” the Prime Min­is­ter said.

“Our coun­try’s tra­di­tions have been based on Bud­dhism but other faiths also had an im­pact on our so­ci­ety,” he added.

“The To­taga­muwa Vi­hara is a fore­most placed when it comes to the Kotte era. This tem­ple was de­stroyed by the Por­tuguese. One can de­stroy tem­ples build­ings but they can­not de­stroy the faith that is in the minds of peo­ple. This is the rea­son why Bud­dhism will al­ways sur­vive in this coun­try,” the Prime Min­is­ter also said.

He said monks such as Hikkaduwe Sri Su­man­gala Thera had done a great ser­vice for the sur­vival of Bud­dhism in this coun­try.

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