Prof. Lakshman R Watawala is expected to contest for the post of president at the election of office bearers of the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress (ACBC) today (Saturday).
Prof. Lakshman R Watawala
Prof. Watawala was awarded the Honorary Membership (SammanaSamajika) of the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress (ACBC) on January 17, 2015 at its 95th anniversary by its President Jagath Sumathipala. He was elected as a Vice President of the ACBC in the year 2018 and became the Chairman of ACBC’s National Council for
His nomination for the Post of President was proposed by Kalasuri Prof. Praneeth Abeyasundera Past President of ACBC.
As the Chairman of the National Council for International Affairs he conducted the First Buddhist Business Forum 2018 on the theme “Buddhist Leadership Practices in Business”. The theme of the conference focused on the Buddhist Values in Business encompassing Ethics, Buddhist Economics practicing the Middle Path with special reference to the Sigalovada Sutta to achieve maximum well-being for all.
With the COVID-19 Pandemic which caused considerable damage to the economy and social well-being of Buddhists, the National Council for International Affairs of the ACBC commenced a series of Dhamma programmes on full moon Poya Days to provide courage and strength to Buddhists in Sri Lanka and the World over and to spread the message of Gautama Buddha with the use of the digital technology and Zoom, a web-based video conferencing tool that allows users to meet online, even using mobile phones.
This led to organising of the International Buddhist Conference 2020 on the theme “Buddhism’s Response to COVID-19 Pandemic” Organised by ACBC’s National Council for International Affairs on November 7 and 8, 2020 from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm (Sri Lanka Time (IST) via zoom).
He has pledged to dedicate himself to religious and cultural Affairs, social services, child welfare, education, youth activities, membership development, publications, research & international affairs. The matters highlighted in the Buddhist Commission Report will be given the highest priority for its implementation for the Buddhist Society.
Mr. Watawala has a ten point plan to provide services to Buddhists–
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