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Over 1400 Jaffna Soldiers Observe Sil to Celebrate 2600 Sri Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi
[Updated :: 2011-05-16 09:50:08 Hours]


The whole area of Palaly glittered with fluttering Buddhist flags and white-clad devotees when thousands of soldiers serving in the Jaffna peninsula gathered at Security Forces Headquarters – Palaly (SF-J) on the eve of Vesak to attend a series of religious activities marking the 2600 Sri Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi. The area in and around the Headquarters SF-J had amply been adorned with various Vesak decorations in veneration of the Lord Buddha who attained enlightenment exactly 2600 years ago and taught the world the way to get across the Samsara.

Giving priority to Prathipaththi Pooja, Commander Security Forces-Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe along with 1400 male and female soldiers observed Sil and participated in a number of religious observances Sunday (15).

Improving tranquility in mind and spirituality of soldiers, and wishing people in Jaffna a peaceful, prosperous and happy life forever were the other motives of organizing this meritorious Sil-Observnissg campaign.

Kammattanacharya Ven. Iddamalgoda Vajiragnana Thero of Kanduboda International Meditation Centre commenced the day’s progrmme giving Ashtanga Seela to all gathered at the SF-J auditorium and it was followed by a Dharma Desana (Buddhist Sermon) by Ven. Kudapannoruwe Vineetha Thero.

After offering Gilanpasa to Mahasnagha and Upasaaka, Upasika, 28 Buddha statues were brought in a magnificent procession near to the SF-J Bo Maluva where all statues were placed in new shrine rooms constructed around the sacred SF-J Bo tree by Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe and 27 others amidst Seth Pirith chanting by Maha Sangha.

Senior lecturer at University of Sri Jayawardanpura Ven. Dr. Medagampitiye Vijithadhamma Thero, Ven. Thalwatte Piyarathana Thero, Ven. Rathmalane Palitha Thero, Senior lecturer at University of Sri Jayawardanpura Dr. Jayantha Jayasiri, Senior lecturer at University of Sri Jayawardanpura Mr. Gamini Rathnasri and Dr. Samadhi Rajapaksa of Maharagama Cancer hospital comprised the panel of other intellectuals who contributed to the programme conducting timely Buddhist sermons, discussions on Dhamma and meditation sessions.

A Bodhi Pooja at SF-J Bo Maluwa in the evening brought the programme to end.


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