spreading Buddhism globally
Nov 29, 2010 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
How did Buddhism survive in Sri Lanka? This issue came up at a public lecture Dr Ananda Guruge, Vice President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists gave last week at the auditorium of Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, Colombo under the title ‘Sri Lanka’s role in the spread of Buddhism in the World.’ It is the first in a series of lectures under RASSL auspices to mark the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi.
The question which a member of the audience posed drew attention to a matter which historians seldom discuss. Although several Sri Lankan kings and princes had fought tooth and nail to protect the country’s Buddhist heritage for over 20 centuries, at the time of the advent of European colonialism Sinhala Buddhists were in a vulnerable position.