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Foreword by His Excellency J R Jayewardene
A Double Anniversary Why Another Translation?
Turnour Wijesinha and Geiger
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Abhaya according Anuradhapura appears army asked Asoka became bhikkhus Bodhi-tree brother brought Buddha Buddhist built called caused century Ceylon Chapter chief considered constructed continued Council Damila death described Dhamma Dipavamsa donation dynasty early earth eight Elara elephant established evidence existence explains fact Faith father five foll four further gave Geiger given gives hand hundred important India inscription island killed king king's known later literature lord Mahāvamsa Mahinda meaning mentioned ministers monastery month offered original Pali Chronicles period person present prince question records reference regards reign relating relics religious rock inscription royal Sangha says scholars seated sent seven Sinhala sons sources South Sri Lanka statement thera thousand throne thupa tion Tissa took tradition translation various Vasabha verses