The Buddhist Philosophy has taught us to respect the freedom of others. The President has said that this has created the opportunity to march forward as one nation by creating harmony amongst all communities. The President said that the Government has created a country where people of all faiths can follow their religions without any hindrance. The history of this country shows how the ancient kings treated those who followed other religions. He said that the nation has the strength to solve its problems within the country and face the world as a strong nation. The President expressed these views at the inauguration of the Sambuddhatva Jayanthi Mandiraya in Colombo. The President also renamed Havelock Road as Sri Sambuddhatva Jayanthi Mawatha. The Sambuddhatva Jayanthi Mandiraya has been built at Thummulla to mark the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi by the Dehiwala Buddhist Cultural Centre, under the patronage of Urban Development and Sacred Area Development Ministry. It is the largest Centre for Buddhist Books and Information. The 16 storied building has an auditorium conforming to international standards with seating capacity for 600 people. It is complete with modern amenities including a Buddhist psychoanalytic centre and a recording studio. It has been built at a cost of 300 million rupees. The President commended the Director of the Buddhist Cultural Centre in Dehiwala Ven. Kirama Wimalajothi Thera for his commitment towards building such a centre in a short period of 11 months. The Prelate presented eight Buddhist books translated into Sinhalese and three books translated into English to the President. The President also inaugurated the Sambuddhatva Jayanthi Website. A replica of the Centre was also presented to the President. The President presented an award to the Venerable Thera for the religious service rendered by him. Speaking at the function Ven. Wimalajothi Thera said that Buddhism was adversely affected by terrorism that spanned 30 years and the open economy. Ven Welamitiyawe Kusaladhamma Thera also delivered an Anusasana. Members of the Mahasangha led by the Mahanayaka of the Rohana Sector Most Ven. Attudawe Sri Rahula Thera, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, Ministers and Parliamentarians participated in the occasion.
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