17th March 2019 23:10:40 Hours
Hundreds of Army formations across the country on the directions of the Commander of the Army will remain decorated with Buddhist flags and conduct various Buddhist programmes that highlight the importance of 'Thripitakabhivandana', the national project that declares 'Thripitakaya' (Three Great Buddhist Canons), a World Heritage after absence of some 2600 years upon the Maha Parinibbana of the Enlightened One.
The National Project is conducted across the country during 16-23 March with the guidance given by the Presidential Secretariat, comprised of District/Divisional Secretariat level Buddhist Ceremonies, Conduct of Special Processions, Dhamma Sermons, Offerings, etc, Reading of Allegiance to protect 'Thripitakaya', Chanting of overnight Pirith, Dhamma Discussions and Decorations of Buddhist traditions, etc.
Sri Lanka Army troops accordingly would raise Buddhist flags, assist State agencies and nearby temples for own respective projects, read the National Pledge, Listen to Special Dhamma sermons, Assist conduct of religious programmes and cooperate in manifold ways to make this National Project a memorable one.
The apex of the week-long ceremonies in this regard taken place on Saturday (23) at Kandy Sri Dalada Maligawa premises with the participation of HE the President Mathripala Sirisena as the Chief Guest.
'Thripitakaya', more popularly known as the 'Thun Pitakaya' which encompasses Buddha's most pristine teachings of Suthra (Stanzas), Vinaya (Discipline) and Abhidhamma (Higher learning/doctrine) was documented in Matale Alu Viharaya many centuries ago and this Great Canon is venerated throughout the Buddhist World as the most credible and well-documented preaching of the Buddha written in palmyrah leaves.