Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter Most Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkithabidhana Thera and Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake will lead the Sri Lankan delegation to the Fifth World Buddhist Summit to be held from October 31 to November 10,in Kobe City, Japan.

The summit, attended by delegates from 33 countries will be held at the Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism in Kobe City. The organization of the Buddhist Summit is handled by a team led by Most Ven. Dr. Kyuse Enshinjoh, Founder Priest of Nenbutsushu Buddhist Sect of Japan and Chief Priest of the Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism. Ven. Hiroshi Fujikura is the Secretary General of the Buddhist Summit. The Sri Lankan Coordinator of the Summit is Senior Superintendent of Police Mr. Subhash Weerasinghe.

A major feature of the Fifth Summit is the “World Peace Prayer’ in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in memory of the victims of the atomic bombs dropped on the two cities.

The organizers and delegates representing 370 million Buddhists of the world will appeal to the world leaders to reconsider what true World Peace is through prayers and not to use the stockpiles of sophisticated nuclear weapons at their command.

Among the Sri Lankan delegates are Most Ven. Weweldeniye Medhalankara Mahanayake Thera of the Ramanna Nikaya, Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha, Mr. & Mrs. Lakshman Jayakody, Mr. & Mrs. Mangala Moonesinghe and the Minister of Religious Affairs Mr. Pandu Bandaranaike.

Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism is interspersed in an area of 148 hectares with a University and other infrastructure facilities needed for international gatherings of Buddhists from around the world.

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