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“Religious Education through Dhamma Schools Makes Us Live a Moral Life” – GA Jaffna

[2012-10-01 11:27:35]

Necessity 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).

The function 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.

First students 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.

During the 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.

GA Jaffna 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.

Ven. Demataluwe 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 the audience.

This new Dhamma school will be held every Sunday at Manippay.

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