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An erudite Bhikku dedicated to uplift the Sasana – President

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday expressed his condolences over the demise of Most Ven. Dr. Welamitiyawe Kusaladhamma Nayaka Thera. Issuing a condolence message, the President said: “The present progress achieved by the Vidyalankara Pirivena can be attributed to the untiring efforts of Ven. Kusaladhamma Nayaka Thera. His entire Bhikku life was dedicated to the uplift of the Buddha Sasana. An erudite monk who learned the Dhamma and related subjects at the feet of Most Ven. Yakkaduwe Sri Pragnarama Nayaka Thera, he himself became a teacher of the Dhamma to countless Bhikkus through the Vidyalankara Pirivena, a pre-eminent centre of Buddhist learning.

His demise is an irreparable loss to the Buddha Sasana, to the country and Buddhists all over the world. He also played a pivotal role in advising the rulers of the day on crucial national issues and voiced his opinions on protecting the Nation at all times. All the rulers responded positively to his advice on many occasions. He was an eloquent preacher of the Dhamma whose sermons were eagerly followed by Buddhists. He was also in the forefront of various social service initiatives apart from his contribution to the uplift of the Sasana.

May the Most Ven. Nayaka Thera attain the Supreme Bliss of Nibbana.”

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