|Stamp Bulletin No. 609||Commemorative Issue|
Department of Posts,
Postal Headquarters, D. R. Wijewardena Mawatha, Colombo 00100, SRI LANKA
Philatelic Bureau of the Department of Posts, issued a set of 50 stamps in the denominations of Rs. 2.50, Rs. 4.50, Rs. 5.00, Rs. 10.00, Rs. 17.00, with 10 stamps each making up the set (10x5), on 5th. May 2006 to commemorate Vesak 2006; the completion of 2550 years of the great demise of Lord Buddha.
Buddhism is the major philosophical stream that has been a substantial inspiration to shape most of the important socio-political and cultural-economic trajectories of Sri Lankan history, as well as it functioned in the other parts of the wider South Asian region. It was legitimately planted on the infrastructure ofthe country in the mid third century BCE, and since then has flourished throughout the society as the major intellectual apparatus of the social psychic. As historical evidence suggests, the Buddhist monasteries appeared as the hub of linking differences of the lay society while playing an important role in keeping the society in a state of equilibrium. Archaeological discoveries in the country have emphasized another dimension of practicing Buddhism in Sri Lanka, that is its intrusion into the intangible aspects, such as social relations and cognition of the people. More elaborate examples are the magnificent paintings, architectural edifices, and the splendid rural agricultural landscapes, in which Buddhist monasteries have played a key role.
This series of stamps describe various aspects of Buddhism with special reference to its practice in Sri Lanka. The series comprises fifty stamps divided into groups that portray ten major themes
01. Life of the Prince "Siddharttha" 02. The Buddhahood 03. Transcendental Virtues, Parami (Perfections) 04. Arrival ofBuddhism in Lanka and it's propagation 05. Indigenous developments of Buddhism in Lanka 06. Buddhist influence on society 07. Buddhism and the superstructure of society 08. Buddhist influence on architecture 09. Buddhist influence on art and sculpture 10. Buddhist Philosophy in Sri Lanka
Beyond the limits set out by each theme, the entirety of the message carried by the current series focuses on exemplifying the universality of the scope and the teachings ofthe great philosophy of Buddhism Central to all, two specific aspects of the philosophical teachings of Buddhism, Karuna (compassion) and Prajna (wisdom) come to fore, while some expect to make Buddhism appropriate to the chaotic modem world, which is perhaps the most frustrating era of conflict, dissatisfaction and endless struggle for power. The eternity, the tranquility, the agelessness and the immortality of the essence of Buddhism are worthwhile to reiterate on the day of commemoration of 2550 year after the great dimise of the Master. This series of stamps will recall the imperative necessity of readapting the values and norms formulated by Buddhism to the society and it explicitly shows how the Sri Lankan society nourished by the essence of this great philosophy for a period of more than two and half millennia.
|Date of Issue||5th May 2006|
|Designer||34. Mevan Fonseka|
|Stamp Size||60mm x 25mm|
|Printing Process||Offset Lithography|
Set I - 50 stamp in a sheet containing 50 different designs|
Set III - 10 stamps in a sheet containing 10 different designs
Set I - 25,000 stamp sheets|
Set III - 15,000 sheets containing Rs. 10.00 stamps
|Perforations||14 x 13½|
|Printers||Department of Government Printing, Sri Lanka|
|Colours (used)||4 process colours with one specific background colour in each stamp|
|Paper||102 gsm security stamp paper|
|Gum||PVA synthetic or particle gum|