President Maithripala Sirisena says a righteous and disciplined society can be built only through strengthening the religious background in the country.
The President was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the 14th annual summit of World’s Young Buddhist Sangha Sabha, held today (Oct. 30) at Millawana Maha Vidyalaya in Matale.
This summit which was held in Sri Lanka for the 3rd time was participated by about thousand bhikkus of Theravada, Mahayana, Thanthrayana, Vajrayana and Sen Buddhism. It commenced on October 27 and held at the BMICH and the Provincial Council Seminar Hall in Pallekele, Kandy.
Speaking further, the President said unity, brotherhood and cooperation can be built in the human society through creating of a religious environment in the country.
He pointed out when the people move away from religion, their values and humanity diminish and as a result, the society move towards decadence.
“When seeking for solutions for the religious, social and political issues the guidance from religions is important”, he said.
The President who was the first leader to visit Millawana was warmly welcomed by the students. Anu Nayaka of Malwathu Chapter of Siyam Maha Nikaya Ven. Dimbulkumbure Vimaladhamma Thero administered five precepts to the devotees while the General Secretary of the Young Buddhist Sangha Sabha Ven. Mugunuwela Anuruddha Thero delivered the welcome address.
President of the World Buddhist Summit Ven. Annga Zadu Thero also addressed this occasion.
President Sirisena presented gifts to the representatives of the member countries of the World’s Young Buddhist Sangha Sabha.
Chief Minister of Central Province Sarath Ekanayake, MP Ranjith Aluvihare and the UNP organizer in Dambulla Priyan Wijeyrathne were among those participated in this occasion.