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ACBC to develop ancient Buddhist temples

All Ceylon Buddhist Congress(ACBC) has drawn up plans to launch many programmes to develop ancient and rural Buddhist sites throughout the country ACBC president Jagath Sumathipala said.

They have mainly paid their attention to develop and make people aware about areas which faced many terrorist activities of the past 30 years, he said.

As a major programme, after his reappointment as the ACBC president he is planning to give priority to such programmes centering rural areas in the country. There are a number of ancient and historic Buddhist temples in the Eastern and Northern Provinces. People are not aware of these sacred sites. Therefore it is the duty and responsibility of the present generation to protect such sites for the future generation, he said.

Sumathipala was elected uncontested as ACBC president for the third term last January, at its 85th annual general meeting held at the ACBC headquarters. He had been serving the ACBC Executive Committee since 2002.

The ACBC hosted the 25th General Conference and 60th anniversary of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB), the 16th General Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth (WFBY) and the eighth meeting of the World Buddhist University (WBU) at the Cinnamon Grand hotel, Colombo from November 13-17, B.E. 2554 (2010).

Punarudhdha Kriya Waliya is another project of the ACBC which was instrumental in setting up of villages as re-awakening programme.

This programme is aimed at developing Buddhist temples, solving the unemployment problem and assisting the poor to improve their lives. Sumathipala’s contribution to the propagation of the Dhamma in Sri Lanka is immense.

He has assisted the Buddhist community in numerous ways and has been actively involved in many worthy projects aimed at assisting the needy Buddhists.



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