“Sri Lanka is a country where Theravada Buddhism still exists and SIBA symbolizes the treasured form of Theravada Buddhism and, Sri Lanka Buddhist Academy (SIBA) must be improved and expanded on behalf of Buddhists all over the world,” Professor G. A. Somaratne, the Rector of SIBA, said. “There is lots of commitment to funds now,” admitted SIBA Rector, and fund-raising has been started off.
SIBA University enjoys the support of Sri Dalada Maligawa, the most sacred Cultural Centre of Buddhists all over the world, which has already given SIBA a push. SIBA’s appeal is clear: SIBA offers both a glimpse of a glorious past and a rendezvous for spiritual seekers scattered over the world.
Pallekelle is a lovely place in the salubrious hill climes in the suburbs of Kandy and is in the vicinity of the historic Sri Dalada Maligawa, a serene presence proves a spiritual past. SIBA is the site of one of the great Buddhist universities flourishing with increasing numbers of students and monks from all over the world. Palm groves, winding modern roads and lotus pools circling its halls inside is a scenic eco-friendly environment.
As enthusiastic determined SIBA scholars on their way, a new generation of students expects to be enrolled. Sri Dalada Maligawa, calling for SIBA promotions, insists on its costs of several hundred million LKR for another five years. The SIBA Mentor Group – led by Hon. Diyawadana Nilame, SIBA Rector Professor G. A. Somaratne and Deputy Rector Dr. Thula Wijewardana – has already out overseen the project. Sri Dalada Maligawa has already allocated nearly 27 acres for the campus to get the project started.
SIBA is a showpiece of regional diplomatic engagement: in support of SIBA, many countries led by Japan, Thailand and Sweden have shown lots of interest. Professor G. A. Somaratne says SIBA matters to the whole region, not least because a translation of the Pali Tripatakas and commentaries, religious texts based on Theravada Buddhism.
Courtesy: Government Information Department