President Maithripala Sirisena says he will dedicate himself to deliver the values of the Theravada Buddhism to the world while protecting this noble philosophy,joining hands with all the countries in the region.
He made these remarks addressing a ceremony held at the Sri Chandananda Buddhist Vidyalaya, Asgiriya, today (16) to felicitate the Venerable Dr. Godagama Mangala Nayaka Thera for being honoured with the Dhamma Chakka Royal Award from the Government of Thailand.
This Royal Award was presented to Venerable Dr. Godagama Mangala Nayaka Thera by the Government of Thailand in recognition of his great service for the nation and for Buddha Sasana and also for the contribution made to spread Theravada Buddhism at internationally.
The President expressing his views further said that this Award presented to Venerable Dr. Godagama Mangala Thera is a honour bestowed on him as well as for the country.
President Sirisena appreciated the great service rendered by the Nayaka Thera as a disciplined erudite monk for the society.
The President presented the Dhamma Chakka Royal Award from the Government of Thailand to Venerable Dr. Godagama Mangala Thera.
Members of Maha Sangha including Mahanayake of Asgiriya Chapter Most Ven Warakagoda Gnanarathana Thera, Anunayake Theras of the Malwatte Chapter Ven.Dibulkumbure Wimaladhamma Thera, Ven Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thera, Ven. Most Ven. Wedaruwe Upali Anunayake Thera, Ven. Anamaduwe Dhammadassi Nayaka Thera, Ven. Dr. Medagama Sri Dhammananda Nayaka Thera, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister Lakshman Kiriella, S.B. Dissanayaka, MP and Thai Ambassador in Sri Lanka Chulamanee Chartsuwan were also present.