Dr. D.M. Jayaratne, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

From Dr. D.M. Jayaratne, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

The Vesak festival which celebrates the Birth; Enlightenment arid Parinirvana of the Lord Gauthama Buddha IS the greatest religious festival of Buddhists in the world.
I am indeed pleased to send this message of felicitation on this great occasion of the 11th Anniversary celebrations of the United Nations day of Ves&k, in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. On behalf of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Ĩ would like to congratulate the Vietnamese Government, the National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha ÍNVBS) and the Chairman of the International Organizing Committee of ICDV - ƯNDV 2014 for successfully organizing the celebrations for the âecond time with an international conference under the theme of “Buddliigi perspective towards achieving the UN Millennium Goals”.
I would like to convey ray heartfelt greetings to all Buddhist leaders who gathered in the Ninh Binh Province to celebrate the thrice sacred event 2014. I certainly believe that these leaders will engage in learned discourse and other activities that will draw increased attention to the relevance of Buddhist teachings to the world ever than before in order to build harmonize and peaceful society for the betterment of Humanity. 1 am confident that it will chart out more oaths for the spread of the Great Message of The Middle Path for the lasting peace of the world. 
Our experience in life is that the teachings of the Buddha are the best way to understand the reality of life. Buddhism is also a religion that places great emphasis on environmental protection. We have witnessed the recent crises of global is-suea that, threatened to human security and world peace. Therefore, it. is our common responsibility to introduce Buddhist perspective in order to assist achieving UN Millennium Goals.
I wish a great success of the United Nations Day of Vesak 2014 Celebrations in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

                                                                           Dr. D.M. Jayaratne
                                                            Prime Minister of the Democratic
                                                               Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

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