Soon freedom to visit Solosmasthanaya
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday assured the Maha Sangha that
the Government would create an environment soon in which Buddhists could
venerate without fear Solosmasthanaya where Buddha is believed to have
The President was speaking via Satellite at the inauguration of the
State program at the BMICH yesterday to commemorate the 2600th
Anniversary of Buddha’s Enlightenment which falls on Vesak Full Moon day
“I took the reins of the Government at a time when a part of the
country had been handed over to the terrorists.
“Buddhists visiting Nagadeepaya, Deegavapiya and even Sri Maha
Bodhiya would have been taxed by terrorists, if the Government had not
initiated an action to liberate the areas forcibly held by them,” the
The President said the Mahinda Chinthana has clearly outlined the
government vision towards the disciplined society which is the key to
the prosperity of a country.
The government faced the challenges of eradicating terrorism and
illicit drug menace successfully. We don’t think twice when it comes to
the eradication of the illicit drug menace, the President said.
The moral and physical development in a village should go hand in
hand. We first focused the development of moral values in villages,
before dividends of development are brought to the villages, the
President said. “There was close connection between the people and the
Buddhist monks of the villages and this bond helped protect the moral
values and culture, he said.
The Buddhasasana Karya Sadhaka Mandalaya has proposed a 20 point
action plan to ensure the preservation of the Buddha Sasana as part of a
program to celebrate the 2600th anniversary of Buddha’s Enlightenment.
This action plans is aimed at moral development by preserving Sinhala
Buddhist Cultural identity. The President has also appointed a Task
Force comprising 10 Buddhist monks and 10 lay members to monitor the
implementation of this program within next three years. The members of
this Task Force gave a complete outline of the action plan which will be
implemented under the blessings of Mahanayake theras . This action plan
has focused on standards of Dhamma education in schools importance of
improving the quality of Pirivena and adult education.
Anunayake Thera of the Malwatta chapter of Siyam Nikaya Ven Niyangoda
Vijithasiri Thera, Mahanayake of Asgiri Chapter Ven Udugama Sri
Buddharakkhitha Thera, Mahanayake of Ramannya Maha Nikaya Most Ven.
Weweldeniya Medhalankara thera and Mahanayake of Amarapura Nikaya Ven.
Davuldena Gnannissara Thera delivered anusasana.
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremenayake and Speaker W.J.M.
Lokubandara were also present.