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Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena visited the ’Sambuddhathva Jayanti Mandiraya’, Tummulla, Colombo, where a wealth of books, including the Pali Cannon, are kept for the said purpose.

This building is built on a land given by Hon Dinesh Gunawardena through the Urban Development Authority when he was serving as the Minister of Urban Development and Sacred Area Development in 2010.

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A programme to present dry rations and essential items to pregnant women was held at the Temple Trees today (May 23).

The funds for this was donated by Ven Karadetiyana Gunarathana There’s, Chief Incumbent of Lankaramaya in Singapore.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, MPs Jayantha Weerasinghe, Yadamini Gunawardena, Secretary to Ministry of Public Administration Pradeep Yasaratne and Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister, Harsha Wijewardene took part in this event.

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’Dharma Deepani the series of Dharma sermons which is telecasted live on Rupavahini on every full moon Poya day, and organized by the Prime Minister’s Office, sponsored by the Maliban Company, was held at the Temple Trees (from 9.00 am to 10.00 am).

Sermon on the Vesak Poya Day was delivered by;

Ven. Dr. Maitipe Wimalasara Thera, Secretary of the World Buddhist Sangha Federation, Parivenadhipathi of Parama Dhammachethiya Pirivena, Ratmalana.

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Vesak Message

Vesak Poya day is the most sacred day to the Buddhist people who celebrate the birth, enlightenment and the mahaparinibbana of the Buddha. Since ancient times, Sri Lankans celebrate it with boundless joy of venerating the Buddha.

After a difficult period due to natural calamities, pandemic and economic downturn, Sri Lankan people have the opportunity to celebrate the Vesak festival in a grand scale this year.

The nature of the world is changing day by day. At present, the ways of life that were expected by us in the past are collapsing. Because of this, we are entering a period where many people around the world are travelling to Buddhist countries to find the essence of Buddhism, which explains the nature of l MORE >>

Tlhree-wheelers from all over the island come together to demonstrate the wonder of Vesak...

The installation of Buddhist flags on a thousand three-wheelers for marking the Vesak festival, which was carried out according to the concept of Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera, Chief Incumbent of Dharmayatana, commenced today (22.05.2024) at Bauddaloka Mawatha, Colombo, under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

The Prime Minister commented at the event -

"Under the guidance of Ven. Elle Gunawamsa Thera, Chief Incumbent of Dharmayatana Viharaya, donated Buddhist flags to thousands of travelling vehicles and to be displayed the Buddhist flag throughout city of Colombo.

For the ongoing Vesak celebration in Sri Lanka as the most important event of the Buddhist people, we express our commi MORE >>

State Vesak Festival inaugurates under the patronage of Prime Minister...

The Archaeological Exhibition opens in line with the festival.

The State Vesak festival was inaugurated with the blessing of the Maha Sangha, under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, with the participation of foreign envoys including Ambassadors, Ministers and MPs, and government officials today (21.05.2024) at Dharmaraja Piriven Temple in Matale.

Maha Sangha of three sects ( nikayas) including Ven. Niyangoda Vijitasiri Thera Anu Nayaka of the Shyamopali Maha Nikaya of Malwathu Chapter, Ven. Anamaduve Dhammadassi Thera Anu Nayaka of the Shyamopali Maha Nikaya of Asgiri Chapter, Ven. Enderamulle Amaramoli Tissa Thera, Maha Nayaka of Ariyawansa Saddhamma Yuththika Chapter of Amarapura Nikaya, Ven MORE >>

We are currently passing a very difficult period no matter who takes over the government or who rules the country.- Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

The Prime Minister mentioned this on 20.05.2024 at Sri Bodhirukkarama Maha Viharaya at Poojapitiya, Divanawatta, attending the unveiling of the Meth Bosath statue built with the financial contribution of Member of Parliament Gunathilaka Rajapaksa.

The Prime Minister speaking at the event stated that -

"The British rulers took over our country by force. We were deprived of our identity and our freedom. Due to the great fight that our rural leaders and leaders in the upcountry started that day, our country was able to continue the journey towards independence.

Sri Lanka has the pride of a country that has regained independence. A country should be rebuilt from there. We need to raise our heads aga MORE >>

Sri Lanka declares a day of mourning

The government declared tomorrow (May 21) a Day of Mourning in view of the demise of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

The Ministry of Public Administration instructed to fly the national flag at half mast in government institutions.

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The Prime Minister expresses his condolences on the sudden death of Iranian President...

His Excellency Mohammed Mokhber
Vice President of Islamic Republic of Iran

I am deeply saddened to learn about the demise of His Excellency President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign minister Hossein Amir-abdollahian in a tragic helicopter crash.

The late President’s services for the people of Iran as well as to strengthen bilateral relations with Sri Lanka are legendary. In fact His Excellency Ebrahim Raisi’s last foreign visit was to Sri Lanka to inaugurate the Iran-assisted Uma Oya hydroelectricity-cum-irrigation project, which is immensely beneficial to the people of Sri Lanka.

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National War Heroes Day Commemorated under the patronage of the Prime Minister..

The 15th National War Heroes Day, commemoration to honour the war heroes, who sacrificed their lives to protect the unity of the motherland, was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena today (19.05.2024) in front of the National War Memorial at Sri Jayawardenapura Parliament Grounds.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, State Minister of Defense Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon, Chief of Defense Staff General Shavendra Silva, Army Commander Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage, Air Force Commander Air Marshal Udeni Rajapaksa, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, Inspector General of Police Deshabandu Tennakoon, Former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, former Na MORE >>

The Vesak programmes of the Buddhist Congress are officially released.

The Vesak Volume and the official logo of the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress was brought out today (19.05.2024) at Temple Trees under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

The Prime Minister commenting at the event -

"The Buddhist Congress bequeaths the great Buddhist path that Gautama the Buddha bequeathed to us not only to the people of our country but also to the whole world.

This year’s Vesak festival is further strengthened by such programmes organized in this manner.

The leadership given while uniting all to make the objectives and programmes of the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress, which were fostered by the most senior and strongest Buddhist leaders of this countr MORE >>

New Dagoba(stupa) in Morontuduwa Nivesarama Purana Viharaya unveiled.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena unveiled the pinnacle of newly built dagoba in Siri Nivesarama Purana Viharaya in Nanduwa, Polhena, Morontuduwa and bequeathed it to the Sambuddha order on 18 May (18.05.2024).

This dagoba, which was a deficiency of this templethat has a long history of more than a hundred years, and was built by the financial donations of journalist Mr. J.T. Silva, Ms. A.V. Sagarika de Silva and Mrs. Sunethra Madurawala.

A large gathering including Venerable Maha Sangha with the invitation of Eheliyagoda Amara Jyoti Thera, chief incumbent of the temple, and Kalutara District Parliamentarians Rohitha Abeygunawardena and Sanjeewa Edirimanna, participated in this event.

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The presentation of credentials with the honorary title of ’Agga Maha Panditha’ awarded by the State of Burma to Ven. Dr. Pannila Sri Ananda Thera, Chief Incumbent of Attanagalla Rajamaha Viharaya, was carried out today (18.05.2024) at the Bandaranayake Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

Maha Sangha including Dimbul Kumbure Sri Wimaladhamma Thera, former Presidents Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Ministers including Nimal Siripala de Silva, State Ministers including Lasantha Alagiyawanna, MPs of the ruling party Wajira Abeywardena, Yadamini Gunawardena and MPs of the opposition including Patali Champika Ranawaka, Vijitha Herath and many devotees participated in this event.

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Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishanker, founder of Art of Living Foundation held a discussion with Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees today (May 18).

The Gurudev said his foundation plans to set up free educational centers in Sri Lanka for skills development of youths. He also expressed interest in establishing an Ayurvedic research institution. The foundation has established two orphanage in Batticaloa and Wellawaya.

Governor of East, Senthil Thondaman, MPs Jayantha Weerasinghe and Yadamini Gunawardena, Dr N Ramanujam, Vinod Moonasinghe and Madhu Rao and leading members of Art of Living Foundation were present on this occasion.

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Age old Thai-Sri Lanka Buddhist ties has reached a new high - Prime Minister...

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said with the introduction of ordination of a large group of Thai Buddhists as Buddhist monks on Vesak Full Moon day next week, adding that the religious ties that existed for centuries will reach a new high. He said this when Thai Ambassador Paitoon Mahapannaporn called on him at the Temple Trees in Colombo on May 17.

The Prime Minister extended his good wishes to Thai Prime Minister and the newly appointed Foreign Minister at this meeting. He reiterated the long-standing and cordial ties between the two countries, which were bounded by Buddhist affinity.

The Ambassador said the new Free Trade Agreement would give a boost to economic ties between the two countries. He said a h MORE >>