Digital database soon for temples/dhamma schools

By Dinitha Rathnayake

A proper data system would be implemented soon to systemise temples and dhamma schools in Sri Lanka, according to the Buddhist Affairs Department.

Speaking to The Morning, Buddhist Affairs Commissioner General Sunanda Kariyapperuma said that this data system would be introduced by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his capacity as Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious, and Cultural Affairs.

“This data system would include all the information about temples in the country, including at the levels of the district and Divisional Secretariats and the Grama Niladhari divisions, and also contain details about the Chief Incumbents,” stated Kariyapperuma.

He added that a proper system would be implemented when establishing a new temple or a religious place in the near future.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry is scheduled to reopen Buddhist schools on 28 November in accordance with the guidelines pertaining to Sunday schools to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“It is advisable to start the dhamma schools on 28 November in consultation with the dhamma school heads, teachers, parents, and other relevant stakeholders by preparing a suitable programme and organising pre-preparation activities in strict compliance with the health guidelines,” Kariyapperuma noted, adding that there are around 11,000 dhamma schools in Sri Lanka, and that all teachers who are voluntarily supporting such are advised to take necessary action related to reopening.

“We don’t think that we can expect 100% attendance; however, we expect 60-70% attendance on 28 November,” he added.