1400 Jaffna Soldiers Observe Sil to Celebrate 2600 Sri
:: 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
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
Bodhi Pooja at SF-J Bo Maluwa in the evening brought
the programme to end.