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Sunday, 22 May 2016

Vesak Day 2016




2016年主題:佛教路徑世界和平。
Тема 2016: Буддийский путь к миру во всем мире.
Tema 2016: El camino budista a la paz mundial.
Thème 2016: La voie bouddhiste de la paix dans le monde.
موضوع 2016: مسار بوذي للسلام العالمي.






At this time of mass population movements, violent conflicts, atrocious human rights abuses and hateful rhetoric aimed at dividing communities, the sacred commemoration of the Day of Vesak offers an invaluable opportunity to reflect on how the teachings of Buddhism can help the international community tackle pressing challenges.

The fundamental equality of all people, the imperative to seek justice, and the interdependence of life and the environment are more than abstract concepts for scholars to debate; they are living guidelines for Buddhists and others navigating the path to a better future.

One Sutra tells the story of Srimala, a woman who pledged to help all those suffering from injustice, illness, poverty or disaster. This spirit of solidarity can animate our global efforts to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, carry out the Paris Agreement on climate change, and promote human rights while advancing human dignity worldwide.

The actions of Srimala also illustrate the primary role that women can play in advocating for peace, justice and human rights. Gender equality and the empowerment of women remain urgent priorities that will drive progress across the international agenda.

In just a few days, the United Nations will convene the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, where leaders will join activists and other partners to address the needs of millions of vulnerable people in crisis.  Buddhists and individuals of all faiths who are concerned about the future of humanity can help advance the Summit’s aims to uphold humanitarian law, protect civilians in conflict, and improve the global response to emergencies.

On this Day of Vesak, let us pledge to reach out to bridge differences, foster a sense of belonging, and show compassion on a global scale for the sake of our common future.

Ban Ki-moon
United Nations, Secretary General

 
 
Other Statements
 
Ms. IRINA BOKOVA, The Director-General of UNESCO.
 

  • THE MOST VENERABLE PROF. DR. PHRA BRAHMAPUNDIT

  • Rector of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, President, International Association of Buddhist Universities, President, International Council for Day of Vesak
  • Somdet Phra Maharatchamongkhalachan, Acting Supreme Patriarch of Thailand
  • His Holiness Tep Vong, The Great Supreme Patriarch of Kingdom of Cambodia
  • His Holiness Samdech Preah Abhisiri Sugandha Maha Sangharajah Dhipati Bour Kry

  • The Great Supreme Patriarch Dhammayutta Order of the Kingdom of Cambodia

    Prime Minister and Présidents Message on the occasion of Vesak Day 2016

  • GENERAL PRAYUTH CHAN-OCHA , Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand
  • Barack Obama , President of United States of America
  • The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia
  • Ranil Wickremesinghe , Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
  • Hon.Nandimitra Ekanayake  ,Deputy Minister of Higher Education of Sri Lanka
  • Ananda Prasad Pokharel, Minister, Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation , Government of Nepal
  • H.E.General Prem Tinsulanonda , President of the Privy Council and Statesman of the Kingdom of Thailand
  • H.E. Mr.Tanin Kraivixien, Privy Council of the Kingdom of Thailand
  • H.E. General Surayud Chulanont , Privy Council of the Kingdom of Thailand
  • H.E. Air Chief Marshal Siddhi Savetsila  , Privy Council of the Kingdom of Thailand
  • H.E. Air Vice Marshal Kamthon Sindhvananda , Privy Council of the Kingdom of Thailand
  • H.E. Palakorn Suwanrath ,Privy Council of the Kingdom of Thailand
  • H.E. Admiral Chumpol Pachusanon  , Privy Council of the Kingdom of Thailand
  • H.E. Air Chief Marshal Chalit Pukbhasuk , Privy Council of the Kingdom of Thailand

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    The Foreign Embassies and Consulates in the Kingdom of Thailand

  • Ambassador of the Republic of the Argentine Republic
  • British Embassy, Bangkok
  • Embassy of India, Bangkok
  • Embassy of The republic of Indonesia, Bangkok
  • Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kenya
  • Embassy of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia
  • Ambassador of the Republic of Korea
  • Ambassador of Spain
  • Ambassador of Switzerland
  • Royal Embassy of Cambodia
  • Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist republic of Viet nam
  • Ambassador of Nepal
  • Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore


  • VIP Messages
  • Most Ven. Warakagoda Gnnarathana Mahanayake Thero.
  • Official Residence, Asgiri Maha Viharaya, Kandy, Sri Lanka.
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    The General Assembly, by its resolution 54/115 of 1999, recognized the the International Day to acknowledge the contribution that Buddhism, one of the oldest religions in the world, has made for over two and a half millennia and continues to make to the spirituality of humanity.

    Citing the story of Srimala, a woman who pledged to help all those suffering from injustice, illness, poverty or disaster, Mr. Ban said that this spirit of solidarity can animate global efforts to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, carry out the Paris Agreement on climate change, and promote human rights while advancing human dignity worldwide.

    The actions of Srimala also illustrate the primary role that women can play in advocating for peace, justice and human rights. Gender equality and the empowerment of women remain urgent priorities that will drive progress across the international agenda.

    In just a few days, the UN will convene the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, where leaders will join activists and other partners to address the needs of millions of vulnerable people in crisis.



     

     
     




     


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    Among Overseas Chinese communities, Vesak day is celebrated depending on their respective traditions, the Buddhist culture in that country or simply both. On Vesak day, Buddhists visit monasteries to offer their prayers and to attend sermons led by Buddhist Venerables. Buddhist prayers often extend beyond themselves to pray for world peace and harmony. They also perform rituals such as the bathing of the Buddha; A symbolic act to commemorate the devas and spirits who made offerings to the Buddha at the time of his birth.
    During the Vesak Day period, monasteries are decorated with Buddhist flags and flowers while vegetarian restaurants offer promotions as people abstain from meat as an act of compassion.
    Many Buddhist will also make donations to charity organizations and to free animals that are captured for human consumption.
     








    คุณูปการของพระพุทธศาสนาต่อการรับผิดชอบสิ่งแวดล้อม

    23 May 2016
    13:20 p.m. - 16:00 p.m ...
    Venue: United Nations Conference Center
    Rajadamnern Nok Avenue and Klong Phadung Krungkasem Road, Bangkok

     


     
    Symposium II : Buddhist education for peace.
     
    การศึกษาแนวพุทธเพื่อสันติภาพ

    - 22 May 2016
    - 16:00 p.m. - 18:00 p.m ...
    - Venue: Conference Room
    2nd Floor, Conference Hall
    MCU Wang Noi, Ayutthaya




    Program: 22nd – 23rd May 2016 (B.E. 2559)





     
    Programme of the Vesak Day 2016





     

     
    Resources :

     
    UNESCO
    Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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