President Maithripala Sirisena says that the Theravada Buddhism is the only religion to heal the restless minds of the people who are living in this stressful contemporary society.
The President was speaking at the religious ceremony to open the newly built shrine room at Sri Salawana Bodhi Vihara in Polgolla. The marble Buddha statue, brought from Myanmar has been placed in this shrine room.
The President said he, together with the government will be dedicated to build a better society based on the Buddhist philosophy, while respecting the ideas of other communities. He further stated that the Buddhist philosophy consists of the solutions to develop as a country by building national unity.
He noted this will be another opportunity to strengthen the relationships between Sri Lanka and Myanmar lasting for centuries. He assured that further steps would be taken to develop the relations between the two countries.
After offering poojas in the new shrine room, the President offered ata pirikara to Maha Sangha. He offered gold colored replica of a Stupa to the Sangharaja of Myanmar Most Ven. Kumarabhivanshabhidana Maha Nayaka Thero in honour of his services to the Buddhism. The Maha Nayaka Thero presented a Buddha statue, brought from Myanmar to President Sirisena.
The Maha Nayaka of Asgiri Chapter of Syamopali Maha Nikaya, Maha Vihara Vanshika Most Ven. Varakagoda Dhammasiddhi Sri Pagnananda Gnanarathanabhidana Thero, Maha Nayaka theros of the three Nikaya, Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Governor of the Central Province Niluka Ekanayaka and the Chief Minister of the Central Province Sarath Ekanayake also participated in this event.