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International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) Participates in the Foundation Stone Ceremony of the First-ever Ashoka Pillar in Sri Lanka

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On January 28, 2024, a spiritually elevated ceremony took place at the Waskaduwe Temple in Sri Lanka, where the foundation stone for the country's inaugural Ashoka Pillar was laid. This event marked a momentous occasion in the cultural and spiritual ties between India and Sri Lanka. Distinguished dignitaries graced the occasion, including His Excellency Sri Santhosh Jha, the recently appointed High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, and Most Venerable Shartse Khensur Jangchup Choeden Rinpoche, the recently elected Secretary General of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC).

Most Venerable Waskaduwe Mahindawansa Maha Nayaka Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the temple, delivered an inspiring speech, setting the tone for the sacred event. The foundation stone was laid with the participation of the Indian High Commissioner, Most Venerable Jangchup Choeden Thero, Dr. Damenda Porage, and Most Venerable Waskaduwe Mahindawansa Maha Nayaka Thero.

Following the stone-laying ceremony, the esteemed guests visited the shrine that houses the sacred Kapilavasthu relics, receiving blessings through traditional rituals. During the Anushasana, Most Venerable WaskaduweThero narrated the historical journey of the authentic relics, emphasizing King Asoka's pivotal role in preserving Buddhist teachings.

In his address, the High Commissioner expressed sentiments of deep-rooted ties between India and Sri Lanka, commending Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to strengthen bilateral relations. He highlighted a generous USD 15 million grant dedicated to promoting Buddhist ties.

Secretary General, IBC, Most Venerable Jungchup Choeden blessed the occasion in the Tibetan language, while Dr. Damenda Porage expressed gratitude to King Asoka, pledging to establish nine pillars in each province as a tribute to his contributions to Buddhism.

This ceremony symbolizes a commitment to preserving and promoting Buddhism, with the rising pillars serving as bridges that connect the two nations in shared heritage and spiritual devotion. The event not only strengthens historical ties but also marks the first official ceremony attended by the newly appointed Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka.

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