Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has stressed that the Buddhist concept of compassion should inspire people to include the philosophical application in everyday life.
He made the appeal in his Vesak Day Message. The message reads: "The thrice blessed day of Vesak dawns with spiritual significance for all Buddhists; in observing Vesak, we find the time to engage in activities of piety and sharing of alms with those in need.
Sri Lanka has been a country, home to the tenants of Theravada Buddhism for centuries; for us, it is indeed a blessed occasion to be able to host two significant events in the international Buddhist calendar. The 14th United Nations International Vesak celebrations and the Global Buddhist Forum are due to be held in Sri Lanka to coincide With the sacred period of Vesak.
The precepts of Buddhism based on the concept of universal compassion (maithri), should inspire us to include its philosophical application in everyday living, while also reviewing new ways of sharing it with a hurting world. This would indeed be one key opportunity presented to us during the International Vesak Celebrations.
May all being be happy and content as we come together to commemorate the blessed Day of Vesak."