The Sangha Nayake Thero of Guangzhou, China said that is fully confident that under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Buddhist links between Sri Lanka and China would become stronger. This was stated when a 30-member Buddhist delegation from China headed by Most Ven Ming Sheng, the Sangha Nayake of Guangzhou in China and Ven Piao Yang Head of the Hong Kong World Buddhist Peace and Development Association met President Sirisena at the Presidentís official residence in Colombo on Thursday (May 21).
The President, welcoming the delegation, recalled that the Buddhist links between the two countries existed since ancient times. Chinese monk Ven fa Hsienís visit to Sri Lanka is mentioned in his writings as well as in our chronicles, he said.
Pointing out that amidst the technological revolution, the people are restless and unhappy and the Buddhist way of thinking is the best way to contentment in this stressful world, President Sirisena said. He added that his government would extend every possible assistance to the propagation of Buddhism and to strengthen Buddhist cultural links with other countries.
Ven Sangha Nayake Thero referred to the Chinese plan to reestablish the old Silk Route from China and President said Sri Lanka too wants to see the dream of the traditional Silk Route become a reality.
Most Ven napane Premasiri Mahanayake Thero of Ramanna Nikaye, Ven Nagoda Amarawansa Thero and several members of Sangha took part in the ceremony.