2.1. Supreme Patriarch of National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha

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His Holiness THÍCH PHỔ TUỆ

 
CONGRATULATORMESSAGE
 
For UN Vesak Day 2019



Vesak is the most sacred event to mark the Buddhas three most important life stages. It was on the day that the Buddha was born, Buddha attained enlightenment, and Buddha entered Nirvana. It is one fo the rarest events in the history of humanity, which was well explained in the Nikaya Scriptures: A unique being, an extraordinary person arises in the world for benefit and happiness of the people, for compassion, for welfare, for the benefit and happiness of gods and humans. It is Tathāgata, the fully awakened Buddha. Buddha is a great enlightened teacher. The Buddha spread message of peace, happiness and compassion for humanity,and introduced the path which each person must take leaving behind greed, hatred and delusion, for attaining enlightenment through the training of ethical discipline, meditative concentration and wisdom. This would lead to welfare and liberation for all.

This year, joining the joyful atmosphere with Buddhist community worldwide on grand Vesak Day, it is a great honour for National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha to host the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak. On behalf of Supreme Patriarch Council and Executive Council of National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, as well as all Vietnamese Buddhist monastic members and devotees, I warmly welcome dignitaries, leaders of Buddhist Sanghas, Buddhist organizations from all continents who are here in Vietnam to celebrate UN Day of Vesak. This is the third time Vietnam got the chance to host! The UNDV has given the us the precious opportunity to strengthen our faith in Buddhas teaching of liberation, in order to promote the value of the legacy that the Blessed One had left to our humanity in the priceless doctrinal system such as wisdom, compassion, the doctrine of selflessness, nonviolence, peace and sustainable development.
It is an honor to welcome leaders from homeland of Buddha,
 
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Buddhist countries, leaders of Party, State and Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee to attend the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak celebration in Vietnam, for discussing together the successful implementation of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals for a world of peace, stability and prosperity.

The history of 2000 years of Vietnamese Buddhism has proved an engaged Buddhism. Since the age of independence of Vietnam from beginning of the 10th century, under the Dinh, Tien Le, Ly, Tran dynasties, Buddhism had become the dominant ideological foundation in the political, economic, societal affair,and played a key role to the spiritual and cultural identity of the Vietnamese people. The Thien masters and senior monks, who were also outstanding leaders, great diplomats of history, had rendered great merit to the national construction and defense. The golden age of Buddhism was also the prosperous period of nation.

National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha inherits and promotes the values of Vietnamese Buddhism in history, always accompanying with nation. Looking back at the international integration process of Vietnam, we would be pleased that Vietnam has made positive, proactive and responsible contribution to the international community, which were recognized and appreciated by the United Nations. The fact that National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha hosted the United Nations Day of Vesak celebration this year has affirmed that. At the same time, the role and position of the National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha is affirmed in international integration.

The main theme of the United Nations Day of Vesak 2019 is Buddhist approach to global leadership and shared responsibilities for sustainable societies, while other subthemes cover: (i) Mindful leadership for sustainable peace, (ii) Buddhist approach to harmonious families, healthcare and sustainable societies; (iii) Buddhist approach to global education in ethics; (iv) Buddhism and the Fourth Industrial Revolution; and (v) Buddhist Approach to Responsible Consumption and Sustainable Development. Thereby, a worldwide Buddhist community offers the most basic solutions which are derived from the human mind, to participate successfully in the implementation of the global Sustainable Development Agenda that the United Nations is working tơards.

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I believe that, the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak celebration, held in Tam Chuc Buddhist Convention Centre, Ha Nam province will be a grand success. I wish that all distinguished guests, Buddhist dignitaries, intellectuals, Buddhist compatriots enjoy a peaceful Vesak season in the Dharma, with unlimited prosperity!

 
Supreme Patriarch of National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha
His Holiness THÍCH PHỔ TUỆ

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