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Buddhist Canon to be part of World Memory

President hands over the Tripitaka to the UN Resident Representative to make it part of the heritage of the world

President Sirisena hands over the Tripitaka to the UN Representative Hanaa Singer/ Sudath de Silva President’s media

President Maithripala Sirisena handed over the proposal to make the Tripitaka – the Pali Buddhist Canon – a World Heritage to the Resident representative of the United Nations in Sri Lanka Hanaa Singer on Saturday March 23 at the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.

President Sirisena has been spearheading the move to make the Buddhist Canon part of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register which includes most of the key documents and archives that mark the history of mankind.

The Tripitaka or “Three baskets” are the written compilation of the teachings of the Buddha categorised into the Sutta the relating of stories and interactions, the Vinaya,  the discipline and Abhidhamma which has been described as the “coherent science of Buddhist doctrine.” The Tripitaka are the books followed by the Theravada Buddhists who are in a majority in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

The event was regarded as a National event and was graced by representatives from the Theravada Buddhist countries such as Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister Sajith Premadasa, the Mahanayake’s of the main sects of the Buddhist clergy in Sri Lanka, members of the diplomatic Corps were present on the occasion.