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Let us make Commitment to National Unity and Religious Co-existence During Wesak Season

by Mahinda Rajapaksa

Let us in this Vesak season pave the way to success in this world and the next, by a eschewing all disputes and divisions and making a commitment to national unity and religious co-existence through seeing the true light of Buddhist teaching, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa was presented with the 10-year programme of the Sambuddhathva Jayanthi Committee by Malwathu Chapter Anunayaka Ven Niyangoda Vijitha Siri Thera at a ceremony to mark the completion of Sambuddhathva Jayanthi at Temple Trees, May 3, 2012. At this ceremony Malwathu Chapter Anunayaka Ven Niyangoda Vijitha Siri Thera delivered the Dhamma Deshana-pic: news.lk

“The teachings of the Buddha are the best way to lead a life that is free of confusion. These teachings show us the path to lead a life free of the four-fold evils and achieve success in this world and the next,’ President said in his message to mark the Vesak day.

We must be aware that all who are of wrongful mind and thinking cause many divisions and clashes that close the doors to our progress, President further said.

Full text of the message:

It is indeed a great privilege to once again commemorate the Triple Festival of events in the life of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, with great reverence and honour, and with full State patronage.

We had great joy in seeing Sri Lankan Buddhists giving emphasis to the principles of Buddhism with the dawn of the Sri Sambuddhathva Jayanthi at the last Vesak festival.

With the immense pleasure of contemplating on the Buddha, we recall the great religious awakening of devotion and wisdom that spread throughout Sri Lanka during this year, as we now see the end of the Sambuddha Jayanthi commemorations on this Vesak Day. It is our wish that this joy in the Buddha and his teachings would abide in the minds of all Sri Lankans.

The teachings of the Buddha are the best way to lead a life that is free of confusion. These teachings show us the path to lead a life free of the four-fold evils and achieve success in this world and the next.

We must be aware that all who are of wrongful mind and thinking cause many divisions and clashes that close the doors to our progress. As it is stated in the Dhammapada:

“Attana’ va katam papam – attana sankilissati
Attana akatam papam – attanā’ va visujjhati
Suddhi asuddhi paccattam – n’āññño aññam visodhaye”

“Evil done by oneself will defile one. Evil not done by oneself will purify one. Purity and impurity depend on oneself. No one can purify another.”

Therefore, let us in this Vesak season pave the way to success in this world and the next, by a eschewing all disputes and divisions and making a commitment to national unity and religious co-existence through seeing the true light of Buddhist teaching.

May you receive the blessings of the Samma Sambuddha!

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