High level Chinese Buddhist delegation to visit Sri Lanka
The Most Venerable Shi Yie Chang, Vice President of the Buddhist
Association of China who is also the Chief Abbot of the Lingguang Temple
in Beijing, will lead a 102-member Buddhist delegation to Sri Lanka from
August 2 to 9, 2009.
The visit is organized to enhance the bilateral Buddhist cultural
relations of over 1,000 years between China and Sri Lanka.
This would be the second visit to Sri Lanka by the Lingguang Temple
which coincides with the 'Kandy Esala Perahera'. The first visit was in
2007 which was initiated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his State
Visit to China. President Rajapaksa was accompanied by a high level
Buddhist delegation from Sri Lanka in 2007 where they gifted a stone
replica of Samadhi Statue in Anuradhapura, to the Lingguang Temple. The
visiting delegation includes the most senior Theras held in high esteem
in China and officials from China Buddhist Association, the umbrella
organization for Buddhist activities in the country. The delegation will
witness the Randoli Pageant on August 5 and will also tour Kandy,
Dambulla, Sigiriya rock fortress, Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya, Pinnawela
Elephant Orphanage, a Dutch Fort and a Catholic Church in Negombo.
The delegation will also pay courtesy calls on President Rajapaksa,
the Most Venerable Maha Nayaka Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiriya
Chapters and other Buddhist leaders of Sri Lanka. The visit is
coordinated by the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing together with the
Foreign Ministry in Colombo and the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.