The Bhutanese Buddhist monks walking in procession to the hall to chant Kanjur Pirith yesterday morning.
By — Shyamal Sinha
Buddhist monks in Bhutan follow the teachings of the Kagyu school of Mahayana Buddhism where meditation and praying for the liberation from suffering of all beings, with or without form, is considered the highest form of practice. It’s generally considered that all Buddhists follow the teachings of Buddha.
The Thripitaka Pirith Chanting by 48 Bhutanese Buddhist monks to invoke blessings on Sri Lanka, its people, and the Government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa commenced yesterday (12th Feb. 2020) morning at the Manelwatta Nagananda International Buddhist Centre in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
The Buddhist centers of learning in ancient India and Sri Lanka such as Nālanda and Mahāvihāra have rendered a great service not only to preserve Buddhism but also to create a peaceful society in almost all Asian countries over the past two thousand five hundred years. This great service has been carried out by a large number of centers of learning in Asian countries. Due to various social, political, economic and cultural conditions the status of Buddhist education has become a part of modern system of education which can be introduced as an intellectual enterprise. Millions of papers, books, translations and research works are published and remain in the libraries of the universities.
The King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck assisted in making this event a success thereby strengthening bi-lateral ties. Vice Chancellor of the Manelwatta Nagananda International Buddhist Centre Ven.Bodagama Chandima Thera said Chief Incumbent of the Bodh Gaya temple Ven. Dr. Dodangoda Rewatha Thera and former Speaker of Bhutan Dasu Pasan Dorji coordinated in making this event a success.