Devotees reached the path to nirvana on the Wesak Fullmoon Poya Day

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The 2016 Wesak Fullmoon Poyaday programme of the monthly religious programme series of Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya was held whole day on 21st May under the shade of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. It was a specialty that, over 15,000 devotees observed the eight precepts even under the prevailing adverse weather conditions in the country.

The devotees arrived were placed on the eight precepts as usual at 6.00am by Ven. Kanubichchiye Rathanajothi Thero of the Bomaluwa Temple. The morning Buddha Pooja was conducted by Ven. Pahalathalawe Sumanasiri (BA) Thero of the Bomaluwa Temple at 6.30am. The morning Dana for the devotees was offered afterwards by Mr. Saman Weeraratne.

The first Dhamma Talk of the day at 8.00am was delivered by Ven. Mirisse Wimalagnana (MPhil) Thero, Senior Lecturer of the Postgraduate Institute of Kelaniya University on the topic of 'Chathurarya Sathyaya'. Devotees had the opportunity to clarify their questions in Dhamma at 9.00am. The Layman's Discourse was delivered at 9.15am on the subject of 'Buddhist Morality'. Lecturer at the Department of Psychological Studies, University of Peradeniya, Mr. Sumedha Weerawardhana delivered it. At 10.30am Ven. Kirinde Gnanadarshana Thero of the Bomaluwa Temple conducted the noon Buddha Pooja. Break for the noon Dana was given to the devotees at 11.00am and the Dana was provided by the Heritage Hotel, Anuradhapura.

Jathaka Story Dhamma Talk was held at 12.00 noon. Ven. Rajakeeya Panditha Ankumbure Rewatha Thero delivered the Jathaka Story Dhamma Talk from the sacred Jathaka Story Book. The second Dhamma Talk of the day at 1.00pm wa delivered by Ven. Relapanawe Dhammajothi Nayaka Thero. The topic was the "Aneka Jathi Sansaran" Gatha in the Jara Waggaya of the Dhammapada. Devotees had the opportunity to raise their questions in Dhamma at 2.00pm. The break for Gilanpasa was given to the devotees at 2.15pm.

The third part of the religious programme started at 2.45pm with the Dam Sabha Mandapaya. The scholars Ven. Aththaragama Piyadhamma (BA Special) Thero - Lecturer of the Bhikshu University, Dr. K.M.I.Swarnasinghe and Mr. Waduge Karunarathna (MA) participated in this Dhamma discussion. The topic of discussion was "Sakkaya Ditthi". The Meditation Programme at 4.00pm was conducted as usual by Ven. Panditha Ipalawa Pemananda Thero. The last item in the religious programme, Buddha Pooja at 5.00pm was conducted by Ven. Kehelwala Rewatha (BA) Thero. After the completion of precepts at 5.55pm, the religious programme concluded at 6.00pm.

Under the advice and guidance of Most Ven. Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Atamasthanadhipathi Nayaka Thero, Ven. Moragolle Sirirathana (BA) Thero of the Bomaluwa Temple coordinated this Wesak Fullmoon Poyaday religious programme of Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya.