Sri Lankan Buddhist monks to visit Iran

Mehr News, Aug 22, 2007

TEHRAN, Iran -- A seven-member delegation of Sri Lankan Buddhist monks are to visit Iran during the third week of October on a mission to promote dialogue between Buddhism and Islam.

The visit is being arranged by the Sri Lanka Embassy in Tehran in collaboration with the Islamic Cultural Relations Organization (ICRO).

On Wednesday, the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Iran and the director of the ICRO Research and Education Department signed a memorandum of understanding on facilitating closer cooperation between the two countries in the exchange of academic information, conducting joint research work, and holding seminars and workshops.

During their visit to Iran, the Buddhist monks are scheduled to give lectures on various aspects of Buddhist history, the development of religious ethics in Buddhism, the history of cultural relations between Sri Lanka and Iran, common ideas for world peace and justice in the modern era, and the role of the monk in promoting peaceful coexistence with religious minorities.