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斯里兰卡阿斯吉利派大导师Most Ven. Warakagoda Gnanarathana Thero
  • 2018-10-29
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Message from the Most Ven. Dr. Warakagoda Dhammasiddhi Sri Pagnananda Gnanarathanabidhana Maha Nayaka Thero of Siyamopali Maha Nikaya - Asgiriya Chapter
China is a nation rich in its religious and cultural history. It has today developed in trade and economy to be a leading force in the world. It is my pleasure to be here at this 5th conference, being held at this scenic venue of Putian city in the Province of Fujian in China. Many learned intellectuals from all over the world are gathered here to participate in this forum. It is a golden opportunity for them to exchange mutual ideas to propagate a strategy to redefine the lives of the Buddhist people in the world.  This forum is very important religiously and educationally and I take this opportunity to thank all of you responsible for organizing this event and inviting me here.
Sri Lankan and China has a very old historical relationship. It goes back to the visit of the famous Chinese monk Faxian in the (4th century). Later in (420 AD) a learned Sri Lankan monk Sangawarma travelled to China to translate a book on discipline Mahinshasaka. In 1433 AD Commander Cheng Ho came to Sri Lanka with state momentums from the then ruler of China. In the recent past many monuments of friendship has been built like the Bandaranayke Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo. We cannot forget the assistance extended to us during the recently concluded war. China has always stood by us during times of crisis. I must specifically mention that the Chinese government and its Buddhist leadership have given us tremendous support in the existence of Buddhism. This is not only to Sri Lankan but the whole world.
There are many lessons to learn and examples to gain on loving kindness, compassion and equanimity and mindfulness through Buddhism. It is only through Buddhism that you can pass the right message for peaceful co-existence.
The 5th conference of the World Buddhist Forum is held with the high expectations of achieving its objectives. People of the present world are today used to luxurious and complex habits. They deviate from understanding and cause heavy damage to even the environment degrading better living conditions. Especially the damages done to sacred places have increased with the development of technology. Though we see material development, humanitarian development is degrading very fast. I trust that this conference will be able to address the issues causing an imbalance in humanity and pave the way for rightful thinking through the teachings of the Buddha.
It is the duty of everyone to prevent the pollution of air, water and environment for the benefit of mankind. The teachings of the Buddha is the only way to prevent environmental disasters.
Living according to the middle way (arya ashtangika magga) eight fold path, enables you to overcome many obstacles. This conference will address the methods of distancing yourself from (kamasukallikanuyoga) a luxurious life and also (aththakilamathanuyoga) subjecting your body to rigorous suffering. It will teach all, the method of medieval livelihood through Buddhist education and way of life.
I wish this 5th conference of the World Buddhist Forum all success in their Nobel endeavor to define and develop systems to educate and bring awareness to all human beings in the world for a balanced life through Buddhist education.
May the blessings of the most Sacred Tooth Relic be with you.
 

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