Children are pure and simple. In order to elevate their confidence in learning and to cultivate the beauty of their disposition, BLIA Sri Lanka Chapter, on June 21st organized a children art completion on the theme – The Three Acts of Goodness, at the Sri Sangharatana Dhamma School in the Porawagama Village of Elpitiya, 100km south of Colombo. The competition was participated by 152 students of the Dhamma School and ten novices of the Vidya Sri Wardhana Pirivena.
Ven. P. Somalankara, president of BLIA Sri Lanka Chapter commenced the program introducing BLIA, and Sri Lanka connection with the BLIA and Ven. Chuehmen. He encouraged the children to cherish the good condition for having the opportunity to participate in such a warm function and knowing a big international organization.
Ven. Chuehmen in addressing the function, asked the students to take a clear look at the BLIA banner on the Three Acts of Goodness. The Three Acts is the cultivation of bodily, verbal and thought action. It is the upholding of the five precepts which the students recited at the start of the function. Ven. Chuehmen also advised the students to practice the Three Acts in daily life, and to be a good student in school, a good child to parents at home and a good Buddhist who respects the Triple Gem.
With their nature of beauty, the students showed in drawings of helping others, environmental protection, filial to parents and so on. Prizes were awarded to three best drawings in each grade from 1 to 6. The children expressed their gratitude through a song.
In conjunction with the art completion, BLIA Sri Lanka also distributed exercise books and stationery to students of low-income families, lightening the burden of their parents. Under the guidance of Ven. Chuehmen, the chapter treasurer Malini, Rinku Barua and others set off at 04:30 in morning from Colombo to Elpitiya to hold this function.