President proposes a fund for Vihares and Pirivena Education

President proposes a fund for Vihares and Pirivena Education

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President Maithripala Sirisena has said that measures will be taken to launch a fund for the uplift of Vihares and Pirivena education. The President made this reference participating in a function held at the Sadananda Maha Pirivena of the Sri Sumanthindarama Vihare at Doranegoda in Minuwangoda.
Pirivena education within the Sinhala Buddhist environment has a great history in the country. Despite improvements witnessed in physical resources, along with this new technology, the world community is seeking the Buddhist philosophy for a virtuous society as in the past. It will be the same in the future too. In Europe as well as in Asian countries which have experienced vast development, intellectuals as well as academics are displaying a keen interest in pursuing the Buddhist philosophy.
The President said that he will be focusing attention with respect to the launch of a fund to improve Vihares and uplift Pirivena education.
The President visited the Sri Sumanthindarama Vihare at the invitation of the Chief Incumbent the Ven. Rambukwelle Devananda Thera. He participated in religious observances. Thereafter the opening of the Bikkhu Hostel and the Dana Salaa of the Vihare took place under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
The President said that it is the Buddhist monks of the Vihares in villages who are tasked with the main responsibility of curing society with the Buddhist vision. As such it is the duty and responsibility of everyone to nurture and protect these monks. The President also referring to the vacancies prevailing in the Pirivena Director positions for a long period, said that these positions will be filled in the near future after exchanging views with the Sangha.
Chief Incumbent of the Raja Maha Vihare in Kelaniya the Ven. Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangarakkitha Thera and foreign monks were present on the occasion. Among others who graced the occasion were Minister Arjuna Ranatunge, Parliamentarians Harshana Rajakaruna and Edward Gunasekara and many other people’s representatives.