SRI LANKA BUDDHIST SANGHA OF SIYAM MAHA NIKAYA
NAMO SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA
CREDENTIAL OF OFFERING THE LORD BUDDHA’S RELICS
Dear Sir Pham Van Cung (Most Venerable Thich Phuoc Ngoc), Abbot of Phuoc Quang Pagoda in Tam Binh District, Vinh Long Province, Board Member of Global Vietnamese Record Organization (World Record), Head of Foreign Relations Department of Vietnam Record Institute in Vietnam.
As the chief incunbent, the head of the Delivala Kotavehera Royal Temple in Sri Lanka, I am delighted to begin with sending my greetings and warmest regards to Sir Pham Van Cung (Most Venerable Thich Phuoc Ngoc), and the Buddhist followers and citizens in Vietnam.
Dear Sir, in the 3rd century B. C. Arahat Mahinda and his companions transported themselves by air from India to Sri Lanka and He introduced Buddhism to Sri Lanka. Since then, the Buddhism was accepted and venerated by the Kings and the people of Sri Lanka.
For the devotions of the common people, the first Buddhist King Devanampiya Tissa established the first historic pagoda in Sri Lanka, where the Buddha’s relics are enshrined. These relics were brought from India. This is how the Buddha’s relics brought to Sri Lanka and those Buddha’s relics were deposited in most ancient pagodas.
Thus, these sacred Buddha’s relics were found in the excavation at Sri Kunta Chethiyarama, Delivala Kotavehera Royal Temple in Kegalla District, which was built by King Devanampiya Tissa in the 3rd Century B.C.
I thoroughly appreciate your devotion, charity services and the promotion of Buddhism throughout the world. And today, by sheer chance, it is a great honor for me, Zen Venerable Master Pussalle Ariyawansha, Abbot of Delivala Kotavehera Royal Temple, the donation of one Buddha’s relics to Most Venerable Pham Van Cung in Vietnam with contained in the Casket No.12, with the witness of materials and documents such as the History and Archeological Survey Report of Delivala Kotavehera Royal Temple; Archeological Survey of Ceylon―Report on The Kegalla District of the Province of Sabaragamawa by H.C.P. Bell, ESQ, c.c.s; Report on the Archeological Survey of Ceylon for 1940 – 45; Report on the Archaeological Survey of Ceylon for 1957 by the government of Sri Lanka for Mr. PHAM VAN CUNG (Most Venerable Thich Phuoc Ngoc) in Vietnam.
May you be blessed by Lord Buddha and achieve success in your Enlighten Path.
Sri Lanka, June 9th 2019, 2563 Buddhist Calendar
ON BE HALF OF DELIVALA KOTAVEHERA ROYAL TEMPLE
Zen.Venerable Master – Pussalle Ariyawansha