Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne has underscored that it is the onus of the entire nation to join in building the country with the blessings secured from religion.
The Prime Minister said that the country is secure only if the Maha Sangha is safeguarded. The country will exist for thousands of years more if the monks are protected. This, he added should be instilled in the minds of the younger generation.
The Prime Minister was speaking at a ceremony organized to mark the 28th commemoration of the Ven. Siri Sumathipala thera. It was held at the International Vipassana Meditation Centre at Kanduboda. The Prime Minister declared open the Siri Sumathipala Dhamma auditorium built at a cost of 10 million rupees. These activities were undertaken with the guidance of the Asgiriya Mahanayake, the Most Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha thera.