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Buddhist University coming up in Kelaniya

All Ceylon Buddhist Congress President Jagath Sumathipala presenting the book on the Nagananda International Buddhist University which is to be built at the Manelwatte Temple in Kelaniya to Pure Land Learning College President Most Ven Chin Kung Thera. Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa is also in the picture. Picture by Lionel P. Perera Kelaniya Special Corrspondent

The foundation laying ceremony of the Nagananda Interntional Buddhist University at Manelwatta Maha Viharaya in Kelaniya took place at the temple premises under the patronage of President of the Pure Lands Learning College Association, Australia Most Ven Master Chin Kung Thera. Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa and Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake also participated.

The university will be built at the temple premises at a cost of US$ 500 million. Ven Ching Kung Thera is the main sponsor and the advisor of the university. The university will be built and operated as a model of ancient Buddhist University of Nalanda.

Ven Chin Kung Thera said the establishment of a Buddhist university is vital in the protection of Buddhist teachings in the world. A book on the university was presented to Ven Chin Kung Thera by All Ceylon Buddhist Association chairman Jagath Sumathipala. Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake and Senior Prof Sumanapala Galmangoda also spoke.

Buddhist devotees representing countries such as Thailand, China, Myanmar, Japan also participated.

 

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