THE ARMY Buddhist Association (ABA) presided by Major General H.L. Weerathunge, as part of the Army’s ongoing Vesak Celebrations, launched a cattle release programme at Sri Bodhirajaramaya in Panagoda on Thursday (27).
The series of 'Pinkam' organized on the instructions of Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of the Army saw eleven cattle, set to be butchered for human consumption were re-bought by the ABA and re-distributed them free of charge among animal breeders and shepherds in the area for cattle-breeding.
To this date, 574 cattle have been re-bought by the ABA during the last several years after visiting places where they were about to be butchered to produce beef. Vesak day’s (27) re-release of those cattle with one calf among them was possible due to contributions of the civil devotees and the fixed allocation being made by all members of the Army on a monthly basis for the development of the Panagoda Army Temple.
The ABA, beginning 27th May Vesak Full Moon Poya Day, has organized separate Sil Campaigns, Dhamma Preaching and discussion sessions, Buddha Pujas, Alms-giving and illumination of the premises with thousands of bulbs and lamps.
A massive crowd of devotees attended the programmes and participated in the activities that were set in motion by the ABA with the help of hundreds of Army officers and soldiers.