High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

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.