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Invitation to Dalai Lama

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 A Sri Lankan Buddhist prelate has extended an invitation to the Dalai Lama to visit Sri Lanka. There were media reports to the effect that the Government may not give the green light for the visit.

A Dalai Lama is the head of the Tibetan Buddhist Order. Born in Tibet in 1935, having been recognized and selected to be Dalai Lama he was shifted to the Tibetan capital Lhasa for religious (monastic) training at the age of five. He had to takeover the reins of government as a result of the Chinese government invading and occupying the eastern part of Tibet in 1950. He opposed the invasion as did the Tibetans. With China spreading her control over Tibet, the Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959, and since then he has lived in exile. The Dalai Lama has traveled worldwide spreading the teachings of the Buddha – love and kindness. He as the 14th Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

There is no reason why the Sri Lankans, especially the Buddhists, should be prevented from paying respects to the venerated Buddhist Leader and listen to his Dhamma sermons. To deny that is unfair and undemocratic and is a negation of a fundamental right.

We, Sri Lankans should be allowed to welcome the 14th Dalai Lama, a Buddhist Leader and a preacher of the Dhamma.
Upali S Jayasekera

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