'Welivita Saranankara Thera re-establish pirivena education'
Most Ven Weliwita Saranankara Thera built 'Niyamakande Sashra
Shalawa' Niyamakanda Education Hall) at Udunuwara and re-established the
pirivena education in Ceylon after the re-start of higher ordination,
said Samastha Lanka Sasanarakshaka Mandalaya Secretary and Kalutara
Divisional Buddhist Conservation Board chairman and Wadduwa Korosduwa
Purana Vajrakoth Temple Chief Incumbent Most Ven Gonaduwe Gunanandha
Thera. The Thera was delivering the main anusasana at an educational
scholarship presentation ceremony of oriental languages to 108 Buddhist
monks at the Kalutara Bodhi Trust Dhamma Hall recently. Sixty nine monks
from Kalutara and 39 from Galle received scholarships to learn Oriental
Languages, English, and Thripitaka Dhamma.
Gunanandha Thera said pirivena education and the Buddha Sasana in
Ceylon was so badly affected after the arrival of Portuguese that it was
difficult to find a higher-ordained monk during that period.
He said as a result of Dharma Shashri Shala (Dhamma Educational
Halls) established in Pelmadulla and Ratmalana, pirivena education was
The Thera said Vidyodaya and Vidyalankara Pirivenas were highest
achievements of the pirivena education. The main objective of pirivena
education is to generate a good, exemplary, well-educated Bhikku
generation well-conversant in oriental languages and Thripitaka Abhi
Dhamma for the well-being of the Buddha Sasana.
He said as a result of school subjects being added to the Pirivena
Syllabuses, Thripitaka Dhamma and oriental languages were done away with
little by little from the pirivena education system. The pirivena
syllabus should be changed for the betterment of the pirivena
educational system which has been existent for more than 23 centuries in
Asgiriya Chapter of Shyamopali Maha Nikaya Anunayake Most Ven Udugama
Sri Buddharakkhitha Thera, Colombo Hunupitiya Gangarama Viharadhipathi
Ven Galaboda Gnanissara Thera and Sri Jayawardhanapura University
Chancellor and Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya Chief Incumbent Prof
Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thera also spoke