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    "Metta Conference" a fine example for creating co-existence

    July 02, 2014

    Peace is an utmost need to the present world.  The main reason for diminishing peace is, non-availability of loving-kindness among us to each other.  Every religion teaches of loving-kindness.  Lord Buddha taught us to show loving-kindness towards all living beings.  

    Prime Minister Dr. D.M. Jayaratne expressed these views participating as the Chief Guest at “Metta Conference” at BMICH.  The inauguration ceremony was held on 27th June at the BMICH while the main conference was held on 28th and 29th June at the Sarvodaya Institute of Higher Learning in Bandaragama.


    Many people from foreign countries participated at this conference and, a large gathering including representatives from various countries rendering a great service towards peace and harmony were present. Buddhist monks and clergy of other religions also participated.


    “We have gained a massive development physically, but it is in vain if we are unable to gain a spiritual development, as well.  It is a pleasure to see such a large crowd of various nations and religious leaders having gathered here.  “Metta” in Pali “Maithree” in Sanskrit through which we will wish everyone a healthy, happy and contended life will create an universal love and devotion in our hearts.  I believe that this “Metta  Conference” will be fine example for creating co-existence”.  Prime Minister added.  


    A large gathering including Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe, A.T. Ariyaratne, Founder of Sarvodaya Movement, Dr. Micheal Backwith, Dr. James Doft, Dr. Kiran Bedi, Dr. Chandima Silva, Dr. Vincent Ariyaratne, Ms. Jesima Ismile too participated at this occasion.  


    The Metta Convention is specially convened for the meeting of hearts to promote the widespread practice of Metta and bringing it to new levels through acts of compassionate love such as supporting and caring for the sick, aging and those in need of physical, psychological and spiritual support.


    It is hoped that this Metta Convention and the meeting of hearts will spawn new ideas that give greater depth and wider reach to the Metta Round the World initiative for world peace, harmony and stability. It will also spur greater engagements of the young in metta care for the sick, aging and those in need, and ignite the passion to build metta-inspired communities ever ready to provide communal support in times of need.(KH/SI)


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