Representatives from 16 countries met in Sri Lanka for the opening of the Conference of World Buddhist Leaders and Scholars.
GV PAN Banner at entrance to Bandaranaike International Conference Hall in Colombo
GV Flags outside entrance hall
GV Buddhists arrive
CU Buddhist flag and Sri Lankan flag
GVs President J.R. Jayawardene of Sri Lanka arrives in car at conference hall (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR President lights the traditional oil lamp
SV Sri Lankan Culture Minister Mr. E.L.B. Hurulle bows
SV Mr. Hurulle addressing conference (2 shots)
SV Senior Vice President of World Federation of Buddhists addressing conference (3 shots)
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Background: Representatives from 16 countries met in Sri Lanka for the opening of the Conference of World Buddhist Leaders and Scholars. The five-day conference, which began on June 1, was opened by the President of Sri Lanka, J.R. Jayewardene. After lighting the traditional oil lamp, the president gave the inaugural speech to the delegates gathered in the Bandaranaike Conference Hall in Colombo. He pointed out the importance of Sri Lanka to the Buddhist faith, recalling that the Buddha had visited Sri Lanka and delivered several sermons there. The World Fellowship of Buddhists was founded in Sri Lanka in 1950. President Jayewardene closed his address by calling on the conference to, "help peace, harmony and happiness to prevail among all peoples whatever their religion, race or community." Among other speakers was the Sri Lankan Minister of Culture, Mr. E.L.B. Hurulle.