Kindness and benevolence path of Thathagatha - Sri Lanka President

Lanka Daily News, May 8, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The way to tread the path of the Thathagatha is to treat the hundreds of thousands of our citizens pushed by terrorism into welfare centres as the internally displaced, with kindness and benevolence, President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated in his Vesak message.

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The President’s message further states:

“We are privileged to observe this year’s Vesak with great respect and full State patronage in the simultaneous commemoration of Birth, Enlightenment and the passing away of The Buddha.

“The doctrine of The Buddha demonstrates the correct path to life. Accordingly we have given the teachings of The Buddha the utmost place in our governance system as it paves the way for a new Sri Lanka. It is my great belief that a society that avoids the four defilements will necessarily be endowed with freedom and fulfillment.

“The winner engenders in the loser hatred and the loser lives in hurt. Those who have resolved to treat the vicissitudes of life with equanimity go beyond victory and defeat and are composed.

Jayam Weram Pasawathi Dukkha Jathi Parajitho Upasamtho Dukam Sethi Nitwa Jaya Parajayam.

“The Buddha observed, it is this teaching that has persuaded us to take the humanitarian approach in all things and avoid our thinking to be marred by the discolorations that hatred engenders. The discipline of the doctrine has greatly influenced us to treat the enemies that hate us so much with loving-kindness when they are overpowered by us.

“Terrorism has succeeded in pushing hundreds of thousands of our citizens into welfare centres as the internally displaced. The way to tread the path of the Thathagatha in this instance is to treat them with kindness, offering all help possible, to be generous and benevolent.

“We should resolve to conduct our lives in accordance with the teaching of The Buddha. The dawning of Vesak paves the way for us to take this initiative. The true enemies that we need to overcome and defeat are greed, hatred and ignorance. Buddhists have no other enemies. The greatest victory that we can achieve is to practise kindness and compassion. When this is done there are no losers. Let us, on this momentous occasion, resolve to tread that noble path taught to us by the greatest Teacher of all, The Buddha."