Welcome to the official website of 'The Buddhist'; the Premier Buddhist Television Channel in Sri Lanka. Programmes are televised and transmitted throughout the day and night, from the studios at Sri Sambodhi Viharaya, which is situated at Gregory's Road, Colombo 7.
The Sri Sambodhi Viharaya was established to disseminate the Dhamma and to create an awareness of the sacred teachings of the Supremely Enlightened Buddha, within Sri Lanka and throughout the world.
The sublime words of the Buddha, generate peace of mind and tranquility and the content focuses on the philosophical aspects of the Dhamma.
The significance of Poya day
Asian ascetics in ancient times ( before the Buddha era), made it a practice on full moon day, to cease worldly pursuits and engage themselves in religious activities. This was before formal calendars were even thought of.
The Buddha adopted this practice and from this developed, the preaching of the Buddhist texts and commentaries (bana) in monasteries and temples on full moon Poya days. When Venerable Arahat Mahinda Thero, introduced Buddhism to Sri Lanka in 247 BC, he introduced the Poya tradition.
Following are brief descriptions of the 12 Poyas in the Buddhist calendar, together with their significance at the time and the sacred and special events which took place then and which take place today on these special Full Moon Poya days.
A Message from the Most Ven. Daranagama Kusaladhamma Thero, the President of 'The Buddhist' TV.
The gift of Dhamma, expounded by the Supremely Enlightened Buddha, is a priceless gift, that Sri Lanka can offer to the world and it's people.
Buddhism shows the way, for mankind to tread from a world of darkness, that of - hatred, delusion, suffering and conflict into a new world of light, filled with loving kindness, compassion, peace and happiness. This goal could be achieved within the next few decades of th 21st century, making it a catalyst for a new world order. This would be by bringing about righteousness.
Buddhism shows the way, for mankind to tread from a world of darkness, that of - hatred, delusion, suffering and conflict into a new world of light, filled with loving kindness, compassion, peace and happiness.
Quotes of Lord Buddha