High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

Minister Prof. Peiris briefs the media on the outcome of his visit to USA PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 14:05
The Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris addressing a media briefing held today (1st June 2010) on the outcome of his recent visit to the United States stated that he was very much encouraged by the US leadership’s extremely positive response towards Sri Lanka government’s initiatives since the end of the war. When Minister Peiris had expressed appreciations for the recent removal of the US travel warning on Sri Lanka, Secretary Clinton had observed that it was a vote of confidence in Sri Lanka as well as a reflection on the safe and secure environment.
The Minister stated that following the two national elections which produced resounding electoral mandates for the government, the US has expressed confidence about the democratic process and the political leadership of Sri Lanka. The Minister pointed out that the US political culture is characterised by respect for democratic electoral processes. The Minister had also briefed Secretary Clinton about the revival of the democratic process that was interrupted due to terrorism in the North and the East, including holding of island wide elections. He also briefed the US side about the removal of the majority of the Emergency Regulations that were enacted during the conflict. The US side had also appreciated President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s consultations with the Tamil leadership during the ongoing political consultations.
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New Delhi High Commission celebrates Vesak PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 28 May 2010 06:30

This year’s Vesak was celebrated at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi by the staff of the High Commission with the members of the Sri Lankan community in New Delhi,  on 27 May 2010. The religious ceremony consisted of a Bodhi Puja and sermons, conducted by members of Sri Lankan and Indian Monks and Bhikkunis.

After the conclusion of the religious events, members of the High Commission staff and the members of Sri Lankan community lighted Vesak lanterns in and around the High Commission premises. The three best creations of Vesak lanterns were awarded gifts.

Earlier in the day, High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam participated as the Chief Guest of the Vesak Celebrations organized by the Young Men’s Bhuddhist Association of India at the Auditorium of the National Museum in New Delhi. He stressed the importance of adhering to the principles of Metta, Karuna, Muditha and Upeksha for a contended life. His address outlined the fact that Buddhism was a faith that respects and tolerates all other religions and it focuses on the human mind which is responsible for everything including making war and peace. The Lord Buddha was the greatest liberal and humanitarian who more than two thousand years ago pioneered a social revolution stating that it was action and not birth that determined one's status in life. 

The High Commission staff and the members of the Sri Lankan community will participate at the Sila Programme being organized at the New Delhi Buddha Vihar, Maha Bodhi Society of India on 30 May 2010.

 
Enter virtuous path to sustain joy of freedom - The President PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 27 May 2010 08:30

President 's  message for Vesak.

Vesak Full Moon Day which marks the birth of prince Siddhartha, His Enlightenment and Parinibbana is the noblest religious event for all Buddhists. We can spend this day meaningfully by engaging in Buddhist ritual and practice.

We who observe the five precepts do not approve killing, bloodshed and torture. It brings joy to celebrate this Vesak after closing the sorrowful chapter of thirty years of bloodshed and destruction of life. It is fortunate that Buddhists now enjoy the freedom and a secure atmosphere necessary for that purpose. We must enter a
spiritual and virtuous way of life in order to sustain that joy.

A path of love (metta), compassion (karuna), sympathetic joy (muditha) and equanimity (upekkha) should be followed. Ours should be a nation which is not shortsighted but farsighted and committed to achieve consolation through patience as taught by Buddha. If delays in the past obstructed our path to Nibbana, we should learn to avoid such delay.

Yo cha pubbe pamajjithva – paccha so nappamajjathi So imang lokang pabhasethi- abha muththova chandima

- Dhammapada

“If one was heedless in the beginning but is not so afterwards, he will illuminate this world as the moon emerges through the cloud”, thus Buddha taught.

Those who live virtuous lives will not see the faults of the past and grieve in the present. Let us resolve during this Vesak Day to follow the wholesome path of Buddha with determination and relentless efforts to build a virtuous nation.

May the Triple Gem bless you!

 
Sri Lanka contributes to the construction of Buddha Statue in Bhutan PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 16:55

During the 16th SAARC Summit in Thimphu, Bhutan in April 2010, President Mahinda Rajapksa toured the construction site of Buddha Dordenma Statue at Kuenselphodrang in Thimphu.  Pleased with the ongoing progress of the construction of the statue, and as a manifestation of Sri Lanka’s support for this project in the context of the spiritual bonds between the two countries, President Rajapaksa offered a token financial contribution towards the successful completion of the project.

 The Buddha Dordenma is a 169 ft tall statue of the Shakyamuni Buddha under construction in a mountain top of Bhutan, overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu.  It is situated amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuk, the 13th Desi Druk, a former statesman of Bhutan of the 18th century.  The statue, which symbolizes indestructibility, when completed is expected to house over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha Statues. 

On behalf of the President of Sri Lanka, Prasad Kariyawasam, non-resident envoy of Sri Lanka to Bhutan handed over a cheque of USD 10,000/- to Ambassador of Bhutan in New Delhi.

 
Let us all wish to be morally righteous Buddhists PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 14:54

 

Prime Minister's  message for Vesak.

I consider it a privilege to address the Buddhists all around the world and most importantly in Sri Lanka, as the Minister of Religious Affairs and the Prime Minister at this glorious moment where we all celebrate the ‘Themangul’ Festival of Lord Buddha.

In this watershed moment where we inch closer towards the 2600th year of Lord Buddha’s passing away, we all should be determined to bring about a more morally righteous Buddhist society in Sri Lanka. The first challenge we face at this important juncture is to build a compassionate society illuminating the real Buddhist values where caste, creed, race and social class are not considered as determinants of human value.

The man, who perceives other human being’s pain as pain and joy as joy, can be defined as a real Buddhist. Never has he deemed caste, creed, race and social class as determinants of human value. A real Buddhist has the ability to clearly differentiate from what is wrong and right and it is such minds that we should plant in our society today.

Under the leadership of His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa we celebrate the first year of liberation of our country from the plague of terrorism, and the government has taken all measures necessary to lighten up the Viharas in newly liberated North and East areas of the country in a brilliant fashion for the ‘Themangul’ Festival of Lord Buddha.

I wish all of you may have the gift to understand the path of the Dhamma and be blessed with the Triple Gem, in this moment where North as well as South of the country is overwhelmed with Buddhist quintessence.
 


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