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Foreword by His Excellency J R Jayewardene
A Double Anniversary Why Another Translation?
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according Anuradhapura appears army Asoka bhikkhus Bodhi-tree brother brought Buddha Buddhist built called caused century Ceylon Chapter chief Chronicles considered constructed continued Council Damila death described Dharma Dipavamsa early earth edicts eight Elara elephant established evidence existence Extended fact Faith father five four further gate gave Geiger given gives Gods hand hundred important India inscriptions introduction island king king's kingdom known later literary literature lived lord Mahavamsa Mahinda means mentioned mind ministers mission monastery months original Pali Pali Chronicles period person present prince question records reference regards reign relating relics religious royal Sangha says scholars sent seven Sinhala sources South Sri Lanka statement story thera thousand throne Thupa tion Tissa took tradition translation various verses Vijaya warriors