Message From Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne
“We are living in a world of organized greed, ill-will and ignorance. Therefore, while few maintain a high material living standard, mostly by using physical as well as institutionalized violence, the vast majority are poor and helpless. There are human beings who are striving to overcome greed with beneficence, ill-will with love, and ignorance with enlightenment. They may be Buddhists or non-Buddhists, but the Buddhist forum appeals to all of them to come forward during this 2600th year of enlightenment of the Buddha, which we call, Sambuddhatva Jayanthi.
The Buddha provided a vision for humanity. He laid down certain ethical principles for humans to follow. The great emperor Ashoka not only put down these principles in rock inscriptions all over India, but he also attempted all his life to build a righter society. The Buddhist Forum try to protect them and preserve them for posterity. Similarly, all the stupas that are neglected and decaying, not only in India but all over Asia, have to be protected and renovated for the benefit of future generations. To the revival of this cultural heritage, we can contibute for a renewal of human values and a nonviolent culture and rapidly degenerating world. Please join us.”
Love and Peace
Dr. A.T.Ariyaratne Founder-President Sarvodaya Movement , Sri Lanka