Ven. Chojun Othani,
Nayaka Thera, the Viharadhipathi of Hongajee Temple, Japan,
who erected a 65 feet replica of the destroyed Bamian Buddha
Statue at Peraliya, Galle, called on Prime Minister Ratnasiri
Wickremanayake at the Prime Ministerís Office before his
departure to Japan recently. The statue at Peraliya was
constructed on the advice of Ven. Banagala Upathissa Nayaka
Thera, the Chief of the Mahabodhi Society of Sri Lanka.