In his Wesak message, the President has stated that we should show the world the path to peace and consolation through the great teachings of the Buddha.
He said that the country has sought to follow the teachings of the Sakyamuni Sammasambuddha that showed the path to free us from the four evil dispositions of desire, hatred, fear and ignorance in achieving a lasting and sustainable peace and the goals of development.
He said that the Dhammapada states in the Koda Vagga that an angry man be should be conquered by love; an evil man by goodness; a miser by liberality; and a liar by truthfulness. He emphasized that during this Wesak festival it should be our determination to take refuge in the teachings of the Buddha.
In his Wesak Day message the Prime Minister said that
The people should understand the need to live according to Buddhism and that disciplining the mind, soul and word is itself sufficient for a person to call himself a true Buddhist. He said that this Wesak day has achieved more importance regarding the Sri Lankan Buddhists as the 2600th Sambuddatva Jayanthi is being commemorated.
In his Wesak Day message Opposition leader Ranil Wickramasinghe said that the best way to commemorate the Sambuddatva Jayanthi is by controlling one’s mind.
In his message the Mahanayake of the Malwatta Chapter Most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera stressed the importance of leading a pious life. He stated that the greatest incident that has occurred in the world history is the ushering of peace by The Budda.
Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter Most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkhitha thera said that the mother- land achieved fame as the “Dharma-Dweepa’ due to the culture nourished by Buddhism. He said that the best tribute that can be paid to the Buddha is creating a similar environment.
Rt. Rev. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith called upon those who belong to other faiths to spend the day in engaging in religious activities according to the teachings of their respective religions.
In the Wesak Day message issued by the Presidential Committee for operations in connection with the 2600th Sambuddatva Jayanthi has called upon the people to enthusiastically work towards building a moral society.