Jan 05, 2019

Tripitaka declared as national heritage (Video)

The National ceremony to officially declare the Tripitaka as a national heritage was held today (05).

The ceremony was held at the historic Aluviharaya temple in Matale with the blessings of the Most Venerable Maha Sangha and under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

This initiative for this was commenced under the guidance of the Maha Sangha and the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena with the aim of properly preserving the pure Buddhism which was brought forward over thousands of years, for the benefit of all people in the world and future generations.

The Theravada Pitaka comprises of the Sutra Pitaka, the Vinaya Pitaka and the Abhidhamma Pitaka of third Dhamma Sangayana, which was brought to the island as a heritage at the 3rd century B.C. The Buddhism that was inherited was nourished and preserved for centuries with the fullest patronage of the state. The Mahasangha including the Maharahath Theros preserved and secured the Tripitaka through the centuries amidst such challenges was declared in written form in thalapath (ola leaves) in the 1st century B.C at Matale Aluvihara temple.

After that momentous moment in the year 1956 when Tripitaka was printed as a complete volume, this is marked as the most historical moment.

Over 2,000 Buddhist monks participated in religious observance at temples around the country in parallel to the ceremony in Matale.

The Government had requested public to hoist the Buddhist flag in government institutions, temples and houses to mark this event.