MESSAGE FOR WESAK CELEBRATION 2005(B.E. 2499) ftom Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammamanda Nayaka Maha Thera, Wesak Day , 2005

It truly gladdens my heart to be given the opportunity to convey my greetings to you all on the occasion of the thrice sacred day of Wesak. The most important reason for this is that you have invited me, a Theravada monk to address Buddhists in Japan which is famous worldwide as a Mahayana Zen Contry. I see this as another sign of modern day Buddhists coming together in the true understanding that there is but one Dharma and that our different Yanas are but different manifestations of the single Truth taught by Shakamuni.

At this the beginning of the 21st century it is more urgent than at any other time in our history that we see this essential unity that transcends our cultural and doctrinal differences. Due to the power of communications the world has shrunk so much that things that happen in one part of it affects everyone else on the planet. This gives the impression that there is more anger, hatred and greed than at other times in history. In the face of so much pain, only the calm, soothing all embracing balm of Sakyamuni's message of peace can soothe mankind's aching heart.

The duty of Buddhists is clear - to pool our resources to combat these evils and teach mankind to love. We have proved over and over again in the past that we can have different understandings of the Teachings, but we can corporate and work in unity. We studied together at Nalanda a thousand years ago and in recent times the great Theravadian Anagarika Dharmpala found strong support among Japanese Buddhists in his struggle to regain control of Buddhist places in India. We can and must do this again. Just witness how we rallied to help the victims of the Tsunami.

My message to you in this auspicious Wesak celebration is clear: let us do all we can which is in our power to unite and forget that we are Mahayanists, Theravadians and Vajrayanists but that we are all Buddha-putra: children of the one Enlightened Master. We need not compromise on our different beliefs and cultures. But we can work on the principle of Unity within Diversity.

May I take this opportunity to congratulate you on efforts to make this ideal a reality and may they meet with success.

May you all be well and happy.

Sabbe satta bhavantu sukhi tatta.

Ven Dr.K.Sri Dhammananda Nayaka Maha Thera
Chief High Priest of Malaysia & Singapore