‘Sri Lankans believe they should visit Lumbini at least once’

By A Staff Reporter

srilankanKathmandu, Dec. 20:On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Nepal and Sri Lanka a talk programme was organised by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Nepal and the Buddhist Monasteries Association here on Tuesday.
Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun was the chief guest at the function. Addressing the function, Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Shankar Das Bairagi said that Nepal and Sri Lanka are enjoying cordial relationships for six decades.
“High level visits from both the countries have further strengthened the bilateral ties and cooperation. However, there are much more to be done in the days ahead to take the ties to a newer height,” he added.
Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Nepal Wellage Swarnalatha Parera said that the relationship between Nepal and Sri Lanka is based on socio-cultural values.
“Lanka considers Nepal as a holy land of Buddhism where the Buddha was born. The Lankans believe that they should visit Lumbini at least once in their life,” she remarked.
“Congratulating Nepal on behalf of the government of Sri Lanka for successfully holding the general elections,” the Lankan envoy said that Sri Lanka hoped that Nepal would embark on the development path with political stability.
“As Nepal and Sri Lanka are working closely in international forums including SAARC, Sri Lanka is helping for the development and promotion of the Buddhists’ holy land Lumbini and had signed various agreements on various areas too,” the Lankan envoy said.
Mayor of Lalitpur Metropolitan City Chiribabu Maharjan lauded the Sri Lankan cooperation received in the reconstruction of heritages sites of Lalitpur, which were damaged in the 2015 earthquakes. He also urged all the diplomatic missions based in Kathmandu to help in the preservation of the heritage sites of Lalitpur.
Highlighting the Buddhist education in Nepal and Sri Lanka, Vice Chancellor of the Lumbini Buddhist University Naresh Man Bajracharya said that Nepal has only one university about Buddhism teaching whereas Sri Lanka has two universities devoted to the teaching of Buddhism.
Shedding light on the Buddhism history Venerable Maitri, the President of Bhikkchhu Association of Nepal said that the Buddha went to Lanka just five month after his enlightenment where the Tripitaka--the Buddhism book, was written in book form..
The bone that is being displayed in Anandakuti Vihar on the Buddha Jayanti day was also brought from Lanka, he informed.
Pushpa Ratna Shakya, the president of Buddha Vihar Associations, said that Lalitpur is the center of 260 Mahavihars which were built 2,300 years ago.

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