The Anunayakas (the Deputies of the Great Leaders) from Three Buddhist Sects of Sri Lanka Led Delegation to Visit Nanputuo Temple

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On November 8th, 2017, the Anunayaka of the Malwatta Chapter Most Ven. Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thero, the Anunayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter Ven. Vendaruwe Upali Thero, and Deputy Prelate & General Secretary of Supreme Saṅgha Council of Kotte Chapter Ven. Prof. Kotapitiye Rahula led a delegation with 14 people to visit the Nanputuo Temple and the Buddhist College of Minnan. As the Nanptuo Temple was their first place to visit in China, Most Ven. Ze Wu (the Rector of the BCM & Abbot of the Nanputuo Temple) with Ven. Hui Ran (the Chief Monk of the Nanputuo Temple), Ven. Fa Zun (the Hall Lord of the Nanputuo Temple), Ven. Wu Yun (the Associate Temple Manager and Guest Prefect of the Nanputuo Temple), Ven. Liao Rui (the Secretary of the Nanputuo Temple) and Ven. Zu Guang (the Vice-director of the International Department of BCM)  arranged an exchange conversazione to warmly welcome them. The Director Huang Jiaoling from the Bureau of Civil Affairs of Xiamen was invited to the conversazione.

The delegation arrived at the Nanputuo Temple at 10:00 a.m. Accompanied by Ven. Hui Ran, three Anunakayas and the delegation first visited the Mahāvira Hall to worship the Buddha with lightened incense sticks. Two rows of monks from the Temple were chanting Buddhist mantras to greet the delegation. To express gratitude to the Temple for giving warmth and a grand reception, three Anunayakas and delegation recited the Mahāmaṅgala Sutta in Pāli to bless the prosperity of China and happiness of people.

In the following conversazione, Most Ven. Ze Wu said: “China and Sri Lanka have a deep connection related to Buddhism, especially for Buddhist exchange in recent years. I hope that we will continue to enhance our collaboration in the future and to play a more important role in Buddhist education and cultivation of talents.” The Anunayaka of the Malwatta Chapter, Most Ven. Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thero firstly appreciated the warm hospitality received from the Nanputuo Temple and said: “there were close contact and profound friendship between Chinese and Sri Lankan Buddhist circles in ancient times. Ven. Master Fa Xian came to Sri Lanka to study Buddhist scriptures more than one thousand years ago, which initiated the extraordinary Buddhist relationship between our two countries. Since then, the Buddhist circles from two nations hold exchanges continuously and became an important bond for the friendship between  the  two countries. Since the 60 years after the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Sri Lanka, China has been supporting Sri Lanka in various ways and the Buddhist exchange of two countries has been reached unprecedented extent. I hope that the Buddhist circles of two nations can carry forward our Buddhist cause and forge ahead into the future as well as enhance our cooperation.”

 On 13:00 p.m., accompanied by Ven. Fa Zun, Ven. Wu Yun, Ven. Liao Rui and Ven. Zu Guang, the delegation visited the BCM Branch for Nuns (Zizhulin Temple Campus). Ven. Fa Yuan (the Vice Rector of BCM), Ven. Wu Yuan (the Deputy Dean of Administrative Office), Ven. Chao Bo (the Deputy Dean of Discipline Office) and the delegation have discussed about the  Theravāda and  Mahāyāna traditions in detail  in relation to  their teachings, doctrines, systems,  education, and  Buddhist friendly exchange between China and Sri Lanka.

  In recent years, the Nanputuo Temple and BCM continuously strengthen exchanges and cooperation on Buddhist development and Saṅgha education with the Buddhism prevailing in Sri Lanka. Ven. Sumanasiri Thero, the president of the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, and Ven. Hai Hui came to the Nanputuo Temple and BCM to hold exchange conversaziones in April 2016. In May 2017, in order to better respond to China’s One Belt and One Road Initiative, strengthen foreign exchange, promote the relationship between Buddhist circles of China and Sri Lanka, and develop the education between Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism, with the  approval  given by the Buddhist Association of China, Ven. Master Ze Wu led a “Re-walking on the Maritime Silk Road” delegation with 138 people, which was made up of both the Buddhist Association of Xiamen and graduates of BCM 15th batch who visited Sri Lanka. The BCM has signed Education Cooperation Memorandum with the University of Peradeniya, also established an Alumni association in Sri Lanka.


1. Warmly welcome the Buddhists in the delegation of Sri Lanka

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2. Worshipping the statue of the Buddha

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3. Panel discussion

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4. Visit the branch campus for student nuns of BCM

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