Commission of construction of Buddha's statue in Aranya

20 Jul 2011 By Edwards Foundation

For my wife's birthday this year, we commissioned the construction of a 24 foot Buddha statue in atop a mountain in the mountain section of the Aranya Monastery. It takes nearly 2 hours to to reach the top of the mountain as it is not vehicle accessible.

Na Uyana Aranya (‘Ironwood Grove Forest Monastery’) is one of the oldest Buddhist forest monasteries in Sri Lanka, dating back to the time of King Uttiya (3rd Century BCE). The modern revival of this ancient monastery during the past few decades has seen its emergence as one of the main meditation centres in the country. Today it is again a home to a thriving community of monastic and lay Buddhist practitioners.

Na Uyana Forest Monastery covers a total of more than 5000 acres, which can be divided into 4 main sections: (1) Pansiyagama Section, (2) Mountain Section, (3) Matale Section and (4) Andagala Section. The Pansiyagama Section is situated within an Ironwood forest, and contains the following structures: an uposatha hall (Sīmā Sālā), a meditation hall (Bhāvanā Sālā), a dininghall (Dāna Sālā) and alms food hall (Pinḍapāta Sālā), a library and offices, in addition to about 80 kuṭis (monks residences). The ′ Mountain Section is the newly developed area on the main hill of the monastery, which has about 80 kuṭis and includes a meditation hall and service hall (Upaṭṭhāna Sālā). This area is in the process of being reforested. The Matale Section has about 20 kuṭis and includes a meditation hall, a dining-hall and an alms food hall. It is situated among grassy hills on the eastern side of the monastery. The Andagala Section is a remote, densely forested area, situated in the north-eastern part of the monastery.

Source: Na Uyana Aranya

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Celebrating the opening of a new Temple in Kurunegala

31 Jan 2011 By Edwards Foundation

We are happy to have successfuly completed the construction of a temple at our plantation in Kurunegala. The local population is largely Bhuddhist and this is very much needed so as to better serve the community. They have no proper temple to worship in. So My Hubby and I built a temple in Kurunegala. The Dharmashala was opened on the 23rd of January, and we can't wait for it to get into regular use.

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Commissioned Building of a 'Dharmsala' (Lecture Hall) at Werawella Temple in Kurunegala

02 Jan 2011 By Edwards Foundation
Photo showing a Dharmsala commissioned by the Edwards.

The giving of alms and offerings is a key feature of most religions. As a matter of fact, I am not aware of any religion that does not have this concept, and it is encouraged as an act of charity toward those less fortunate. In Buddhism, the core belief is that there are eight big offerings referred to as the 'Ata Maha Kusal', or Great Meritorious deeds. Building Buddhist places of worship and congregation is one.

According to the teachings of the Buddha, building a temple is one of the Eight Great Meritorious deeds that generate merit every minute of the day during this life and many future lives until we reach Nibbana, or Nirvana, which is the goal of a Buddhist path. You are regarded as enormously fortunate to able to participate in building a temple, as it is a rare opportunity that few can partake in. Building a Temple and Meditation centre is especially important as it helps spread the teachings of the Buddha far and wide, and also offers worshipers a sanctuary.

In keeping with these teachings, we built a Dharmsala at the Werawella Temple in Kurunegala. The Dharmsala is a welcome addition for spiritual pilgrims to the Werawella Temple, and has come at a time when it is very much needed.

The cost of the development came in at Rs 7.5 Million

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