When people distance themselves from the temple, church or kovil, society deteriorates giving rise to conflicts, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
A program to direct the children on the right path has now been introduced in unison with the temple and the number of people visiting temples has risen, he added.
The President was addressing the opening ceremony of a new Dhamma School building and Alms Giving Hall of Sri Wimalarama Viharaya at Wellampitiya on Saturday (June 7).
The development of a temple caters to the development of the village and its surroundings. A new culture develops under the environment of a temple. Our Sinhala nation nourished due to Buddhism, the President said.
This month is special as Buddhism was brought to our land with the arrival of Arahat Mahinda Thera. Now there is a revival of Buddhism, the President stated.
Discipline is very important for the well-being of society. I recently attended a ceremony at Gampaha Bandaranaike Vidyalaya to open its swimming pool, which would also serve all adjoining schools. One special characteristic I observed about Bandaranaike Vidyalaya is that its students are well disciplined. This augurs well for the future, the President said.
The President also cautioned against embracing everything that comes from overseas. Even though we embraced the English language, we need not embrace Western culture. We have a proud and ancient culture that we have endowed as a nation nourished through Buddhism. We should protect this identity, the President further stated.