President Maithripala Sirisena says safeguarding the dignity of the Maha Sangha is a main responsibility of the Buddhists. He added that nobody should behave in a way to disgrace the Bhikku Sasana.
The President made these remarks at the religious ceremony to open the newly built Buddha statue at Sri Jayawardanarama Temple in Dangedara, Galle today (Sep. 02).
The President also opened the newly built Bodhi prakaraya and golden fence.
Speaking further, the President said culture of the country is the strongest among all. “Therefore, everybody should behave with the understanding about the culture of the country”, he said.
He said if a small group of monks are behaving in a way to challenge the existence of the Sambuddha Sasana, the Nayaka Theros of relevant Nikayas have the responsibility to work on that.
The President engaged in religious activities and offered a souvenir to the Chief Incumbent of the Temple, Ven. Pallanwela Sumedhawansha Thero.
Sumadhawansha Thero also presented a gift to the President at this occasion.
Agga Maha Panditha of Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Sangha Ven. Sabha Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thero, Maha Nayaka of Amarapura Ariyawansa Saddhammayukthaka Nikaya Ven. Egodamulle Amaramoli Thero, Maha Sangha of Thri Nikayas, Minister Vajira Abeywardena, Governor of Sourthern Province Hemakumara Nanayakkara and the Chief Minister Shan Vijayalal de Silva also participated in this ceremony.