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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2738

President Rajapaksa Visits China’s Lingguang Buddhist Temple

Beijing, 28 May, (Asiantribune.com):

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Wikaramasinghe Rajapaksa, along with members of the Sri Lankan delegation, visited the Lingguang Buddhist Temple located on the outskirts of Beijing this afternoon.

The chief incumbent most venerable Chang Zang and fellow monks welcomed the President, the First Lady and the delegation, and invoked blessings.

The temple, which was established 1,200 years ago, has become a center for Buddhist pilgrims because of the Buddha tooth relic that it houses.

The only other recognized tooth relic of the Buddha is located in the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic) in Sri Lanka. The tooth relic at the Lingguang Temple had first been taken to what is now Pakistan after the passing of the Buddha before it was brought to China.

President Rajapaksa donated a gold-plated Buddha statue to the temple when he visited China in 2007.

Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Ministers Mr. Wimal Weerawansa and Mr. Douglas Devananda, Parliamentarians Mr. A.H.M. Azwer and Mr. Namal Rajapaksa, Chief-of-Staff Mr. Gamini Senerath and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in China Mr. Ranjith Uyangoda were also present.

- Asian Tribune -

President Rajapaksa Visits China’s Lingguang Buddhist Temple
President Rajapaksa Visits China’s Lingguang Buddhist Temple. [Pix By : Sudath Silva]
President Rajapaksa Visits China’s Lingguang Buddhist Temple
President Rajapaksa Visits China’s Lingguang Buddhist Temple
President Rajapaksa Visits China’s Lingguang Buddhist Temple
President Rajapaksa Visits China’s Lingguang Buddhist Temple
President Rajapaksa Visits China’s Lingguang Buddhist Temple
President Rajapaksa Visits China’s Lingguang Buddhist Temple
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