President Maithripala Sirisena issuing a message of goodwill and best wishes to the newly appointed Mahanayaka Thera of the Asgiri Chapter, Most Ven Rajakeeya Panditha Galagama Dhammasiddhi Sri Dhammananda Aththadassi Thera, had said that Mahanayaka Theras, in their knowledge and wisdom offered invaluable advice to those who ruled this country and their ministers to move the country towards the right direction.
He said the Mahanayaka Theras of the Asgiriya Chapter performed a yeoman service for the Buddha Sasana and the people of this country.
Following is the full text of the message by the President;
The President's message: “The appointment of our new Mahanayaka Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter, the 21st Mahanayaka Thera of that Chapter is venerated by the Buddhists across the world. It is a position worthy of worship.
“Throughout history the Mahanayaka Theras in their knowledge and wisdom offered invaluable advice to those who ruled this country and their ministers to move the country towards the right direction.”
I extend my heartfelt wishes to the Mahanayaka Thera. May he have the strength, the health, the courage to lead the sangha community. May he live long and continue to perform the yeoman service, which the long-line of his predecessors have performed for the welfare and the benefit of the Buddha Shasana and this country.