The Tripikatabhivandana Week from March 16 to 23 will culminate with the grandiose event at Mahamaluwa of the sacred Daladamaligawa in Kandy on March 23, where the official announcement of submission of an application to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) would be made. Sri Lanka, together with several other Theravada Buddhist countries would urge in a joint application to recognize Theravada Tripitaka as a World Heritage under the category of Memory of the World.
UNESCO established the Memory of the World Programme in 1992, stating that impetus came originally from a growing awareness of the parlous state of preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage in various parts of the world. To provide world recognition to such heritages, the Memory of the World was established by the world’s top cultural body.
UNESCO description of reasons for introducing ‘Memory of the World’ under World Heritages, states, “War and social upheaval, as well as severe lack of resources, have worsened problems which have existed for centuries. Significant collections worldwide have suffered a variety of fates. Looting and dispersal, illegal trading, destruction, inadequate housing and funding have all played a part. Much as vanished forever; much is endangered. Happily, missing documentary heritage is sometimes rediscovered.”
The neighbouring country that gifted Sri Lanka the Buddha Dhamma over 2,300 years ago has volunteered to second Sri Lanka’s proposal to UNESCO. The introduction of Buddhism, the most valuable gift Sri Lanka ever received from overseas, has introduced a unique religious philosophy together with a new culture and a way of life to the people of this country.
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