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“Buddhism encourages peaceful co-existence” – Prime Minister

(UDHAYAM, COLOMBO) – Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the visit of Arahat Mahinda to Sri Lanka heralded in a new chapter in the country’s history, with the hallowed principles of non-violence and compassion as enshrined in Buddhism, taking centre stage.

The Premier in his message for Poson Poya said it not only transformed the Sri Lankan way of life, but also made a strong impact on social discourse; agriculture, hydro civilisation, cultural pursuits and governance as some of the key areas that were influenced by Buddhist values and traditions.

The Premier called for the true doctrine of Buddhism, its compassion and non-violent principles to encourage citizens to live in harmony and peaceful co-existence, while respecting other religions and other cultures.

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