Buddhist Diplomacy highlights historic Thailand - Sri Lanka relations

Buddhist Diplomacy highlights historic Thailand - Sri Lanka relations

วันที่นำเข้าข้อมูล 10 Jun 2022

วันที่ปรับปรุงข้อมูล 10 Jun 2022

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On Tuesday, 7th June 2022, the Royal Thai Embassy in Sri Lanka partnered with the Awarelogue Initiative organized a seminar on Buddhist Diplomacy at the Buddhist Cultural Centre in Colombo, highlighting the role that Buddhism has played to ensure longstanding diplomatic relations between both countries, and high-level connectivity over a long period of time. The initial segment of the seminar saw Ambassador Poj Harnpol, Ambassador of Thailand to Sri Lanka, delivered the opening remarks, while the special address was by Ven. Phra Phocana of the Buriram Buddhist College of the Mahachulalongkornrajavidhyalaya University in Thailand. He spoke on ‘Monastic Correspondence between Thailand and Sri Lanka in the Nineteenth Century’. An address was also delivered by Ven. Dr Wadinagala Pannaloka thera of the Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies of the University of Kelaniya on ‘Thai Upasampada in Sri Lanka: An Appraisal’.

A book titled ‘Buddhist Diplomacy – Sri Lanka Thailand Relations’ by Dr. George I. H. Cooke, diplomatic historian and Initiator of the Awarelogue Initiative, was also launched on this occasion. The book was reviewed by Senior Prof. Nayani Melegoda, former Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University of Colombo. A panel discussion on International Relations and Research was held with Prof. Maneesha Wanasinghe-Pasqual, former head of Department of International Relations at the University of Colombo, and Dr. Saroja Wettasinghe, former Director General of the National Archives of Sri Lanka.

 

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