Sri Lanka has been a centre of Buddhist scholarship and learning since the introduction of Buddhism in the third century BCE. Throughout most of its history, Sri Lankan kings have played a major role in the maintenance and revival of the Buddhist institutions of the island.
There are around 6,000 Buddhist monasteries on Sri Lanka. These Buddhist temples, ancient Buddhist history, monasteries are sanctuaries for meditation and learning of Buddhism. Most of the Sri Lankans practice Theravada Buddhism. Sri Lanka has the longest continuous history of Buddhism of any Buddhist nation.