The significance of Poson Full Moon Poya Day

The significance of Poson Full Moon Poya Day

Written by Staff Writer

08 Jun, 2017 | 9:08 pm

Buddhists across the world mark Poson Poya today, June 8.

Two hundred and eighteen years after Lord Buddha attained Nirvana, the Third Buddhist Council took place with Indian Emperor Dharmashoka providing state patronage.

As a result, Buddhism spread to nine other countries.

Thereafter, in 236 BC on a day like today, during the reign of King Devanampiyatissa, Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka by Mihindu Maha Rahath Thero and the monks who travelled to Sri Lanka from Dambadiva.

As a result of this visit, a group led by Prince Aritta entered the Buddhist Order.

Thereafter, the Most Venerable Sanghamitta Theri undertook a visit to Sri Lanka with a sacred Bo Sapling from Bodh Gaya, accompanied by persons trained in eighteen different trades.

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