(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The most important gift Sri Lanka ever received from overseas, the message of the Gauthama Buddha has introduced a unique religious philosophy together with a new culture and a way of life to the people of this country.
The teachings of the Buddha or the Thervada Tripitaka was introduced by Arahath Mahinda in Pali language and it was brought forward by word of mouth for generations until it was transcribed into written text on Ola leaves in the 1st Century at Aluviharaya in Matale.
In a significant move to provide the long due proper status to the Tripitaka, it is to be proclaimed as a national heritage by President Maithripala Sirisena tomorrow (January 5).
The Pali Tripitaka volumes considered as the foundation source of the Sri Lankan Buddhist tradition. Tripitaka Dharma constitutes of the Sutra Pitaka, Vinaya Pitaka, and the Abhidharma Pitaka as well as the Atthakatha and Teeka.
Secretary to President Udaya R. Seneviratne said the declaration of ‘Thripitakaya’ which was protected and practised by Buddhist devotees and Bhikkus for 2,300 years as a national heritage was a historical, cultural, social and religious land mark of Sri Lanka because it contains the entire teachings and philosophy and how to reach the supreme bliss of Nibbana.