of starting Dhamma schools and importance of religious
education for the present day younger generation to inculcate
good habits to be virtuous citizens was highlighted during a function
held at Jaffna Sri Naga Vihara on Sunday (30).
was organized by Jaffna Tamil Buddhist Association to register
students to the first ever Tamil Buddhist Dhamma school
in Jaffna. Mr. S. Ravi Kumar, President Jaffna Tamil Buddhist
Association with blessing of Ven. Meegahajandure Siri Vimala Thero
of Sri Naga Viahara took steps to commence this Dhamma
school with intention of guiding the children of Tamil Buddhist
families on the path of virtue.
were registered by Ven. Meegahajanadure Siri Vimala Thero, Commander
Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe
and Government Agent Jaffna Mr. S. Arumainayagam.
Chief Guest’s speech, Commander SF-J highlighted the similarities
between Buddhism and Hinduism and requested parties concerned
not to interpret this effort as a religion conversion project.
He said that Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity or Islam religion,
although there are slight differences of the doctrine, show the
righteous path for us to live in this world.
addressing the audience in Tamil and Sinhalese languages highlighted
the importance of religious education through Dhamma
schools. Mr. Arumainayagam further said that it is only through
religious education we find way to live a moral life free from
troubles and conflicts.
Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thero of Kandy Malwaththe Maha Vihara conducted
religious rites. Ven. Meegahajandure Siri Vimala Thero and Vice
President All Ceylon Buddhist Congress and Deputy Director General
Sri Lanka Red Cross Colonel (Retd) S.B. Madugalle also addressed
Dhamma school will be held every Sunday at Manippay.