Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said the next year would be planned as a year for implementation of well planned programs for the promotion of Buddhism.
“Dharma Prachraka programs will be implemented from next year under the guidance and advice of the Maha Sangha including the Tri Nikayas’ Sanga Nayaka Theros with the aim of making Sri Lanka the Centre of Theravada Buddhism,” Sirisena said.
Sirisena made these remarks participating in a religious ceremony held at the Ambalangoda, Polwaththa Sri Aggarama Temple on September 12.
This ceremony was organized to offer the Sannasa (Scroll) to the Most Ven. Nindane Vajiragnana Nayaka Thero for elevating his position to Anu Nayaka Thero of the Kalyaniwansa Nikaya of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya.
Sirisena presented the Sannasa (Scroll) and the Vijinipatha to the newly appointed Anu Nayaka Thero.
Addressing the religious ceremony, Sirisena further said that the service of the educated, disciplined and erudite Bhikkhus is an imperative requirement of the country.
President Sirisena pointed out the only way to heal the deteriorating society day by day with commercialization is the Buddhist philosophy and further said that the International Vesak Day celebrations will be held in grand scale next year and all the Head of States of the Buddhist countries will be invited to attend this ceremony.
The newly appointed Most Ven. Nindane Vajiragnana Nayaka Thero is the Chief Incumbent of the Ambalangoda, Polwaththa Sri Aggarama, Kobeithuduwa Siri Pashchimaramaya and Dorala Purwaramaya temples as well as the former Deputy Principal of the Devananda College, Ambalangoda.