- Published on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 07:36
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The World Buddhist Summit and Ashirwada Pooja organized by the World Buddhist Congress will be held this morning at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa performance theatre under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The President will also present mementoes to the Maha Sangha dedicated to propagating Buddhism in the world at this function.
Nearly 500 foreign monks and about 800 local monks will attend the Summit and will participate in the Aashirvada Pooja.
Venerable Professor Bellanvila Wimalarathana Thero said that at this summit the world peace declaration of the Congress will be released and Pirith chanting will be conducted on Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana and Korean traditions
The World Buddhist Congress proposed that a conference of this nature and an Ashirwada Pooja to invoke blessings for world peace should be held in Sri Lanka as peace has been established in Sri Lanka after 30 years of war. The venerable Thero said that today’s programme will be held to support of the programmes being implemented by the country to face the challenges being leveled by the international community. He said that from this function the true dedication of Sri Lankans for protection of human rights under Buddhist norms will be displayed to the whole world.
The representatives will participate in a special religious function at Bollegala, Manelwatta Viharaya in Kelaniya after the Ashirwada Pooja. A special religious programme will be held at Sri Dalada Maligawa on Wednesday. Subsequently there will also be a special religious programme at Temple Trees attended by the world representatives. They will also visit Anuradhapura and will hold a Pirith chanting at Sri Maha Bodhiya premises to invoke blessings for world peace.(niz).