United States Ambassador Extends Condolences on the Passing of the Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siyam Maha Nikaya

March 10, 2016

On behalf of the people of the United States, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Government and the people of Sri Lanka on the passing away of the Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siyam Maha Nikaya, Most Venerable Galagama Sri Aththadassi Thero.  I was privileged to meet and hear the views of the Most Venerable Thero, and Sri Lankans and Americans who knew him respected the late Mahanayake’s ceaseless efforts to improve the lives of all Sri Lankans through his advocacy for peace and reconciliation and the teachings of Lord Buddha.