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* International Buddhist Information Center to be opened in Sri Lankan capital
Sun, Apr 24, 2011, 10:35 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 24, Colombo: An International Buddhist Information Center will be opened in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, on May 15 to mark the 2600th centenary of the Buddha's enlightenment.

The Center is housed in 16-story building on a land at Havelock Road, Colombo provided with the assistance of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The President laid the foundation for the Sri Sambuddathwa Jayanthi International Buddhist Centre in February 2010. It was constructed by the Buddhist Cultural Center in Nedimala, Dehiwala at a cost of Rs. 3.3 billion.

The Center will house the world's largest collection of Buddhist publications and literature.

The complex with a 600-seat auditorium will function as a center to spread the Buddhist philosophy in the region and conduct dharma research activities.

It consists of an auditorium, libraries, language laboratories, training centers, counseling centers, book shops, and other facilities.

With the opening of the Buddhist Information Center, the government has decided to rename the Havelock Road as Sri Sambuddathwa Jayanthi Mawatha.

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