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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 03:58
High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam participated as the Chief Guest in the “Vaisak Purnima” Commemoration at the National Museum of India in New Delhi, organized by the Young Men Buddhist Association of India, on 14 May 2014. Addressing the gathering, High Commissioner Kariyawasam said that on this day the message of Buddha elucidating the importance of peace and harmony, equity and equality as well as tolerance must be remembered and re-iterated. Buddha’s teachings delivered over 2500 years ago remain even more relevant in the today’s world.  
High Commissioner Kariyawasam was the Chief Guest at the 2558th Buddha Jayanthi Dhamma Sabha organized by the Mahabodhi Society of India New Delhi Centre, later in the day. Prof. K.T.S.Rao, Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Delhi presided the Dhamma Sabha while Prof. Ven. Bhikku Sathyapala Maha Thero as well as His Holiness Acharya Lokesh Muni, Founder President of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharati Acharya Lokesh Ashram participated as speakers at the event. Speaking on the occasion High Commissioner Kariyawasam said that it is important to mark this day of Vesak by recalling the teachings of the Buddha, in particular his word that every human being is born equal and can be judged only by competence and conduct. When the places of worship of this great teacher were neglected in India and not known to the world, great son of Sri Lanka Sri Anagarika Dharmapala, together with his contemporary Indian leaders helped in the rehabilitation of sacred sites, conveying to the world the message of Buddhism. 
The staff members of the High Commission recited Buddhist devotional songs on both these occasions and participated in an alms giving at the Mahabodhi Society of India New Delhi Centre, on 13 May 2014. The High Commission premises was lit up and decorated with Vesak lanterns to mark the occasion.  
High Commission of Sri Lanka
New Delhi
16 May 2014