US, China express condolences over death of monk

China and the United States (US) today expressed condolences over the death of the Most Venerable Aggamaha Pandita Davuldena Gnanaissara Thero, Mahanayake of Amarapura Maha Nikaya, who passed away yesterday.

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China expressed the heartfelt condolence to the Buddhist community and the people of Sri Lanka.

“The Most Ven. Aggamaha Pandita Davuldena Gnanaissara with many attainments is a Buddhist scholar and proficient in many languages including Chinese. He is highly respected by the world Buddhist community. As a good friend of the Chinese Buddhist Community, he visited China a number of times and has played an important role in promoting the Buddhist exchange and cooperation between China and Sri Lanka. Most Ven. Aggamaha Pandita Davuldena Gnanaissara’s demise is a great loss not only to Sri Lanka but also to the world,'” the Embassy said.

The Chinese Embassy said it will make unremitting effort to promote the Buddhist exchange and cooperation between the two countries and consolidate our traditional friendship between the two peoples.

Meanwhile the US Embassy in Colombo, in a statement said that extended  condolences to the Government and the people of Sri Lanka on the passing of the Chief Prelate of the Amarapura Chapter, Most Venerable Davuldena Gnanissara Mahanayake Thero.

The Embassy said that Sri Lankans and Americans who knew the late Mahanayake respected his ceaseless efforts to improve the lives of all Sri Lankans through his advocacy for peace and reconciliation based upon the teachings of Lord Buddha. (Colombo Gazette)