4.36. India - Gautam Buddha University

Thứ bảy - 11/05/2019 07:45
Prof. Bhagwati Prakash Sharma

 
CONGRATULATORMESSAGE
 
For UN Vesak Day 2019



It is my privilege to write this special message on this auspicious day to commemorate the Birth, Enlightenment and passing away of the Lord Buddha as Vesak Day. The Vesak Day is one of the most sacred days in Buddhism as three important events in the life of the Lord Buddha, i.e. the Birth, the Enlightenment and the Passing, all miraculously took place on the full moon night and the exact same day in the month of May. Hence, each year Buddhists throughout the world get together to perform many meritorious deeds to express their gratitude for His teachings, particularly for wisdom, purity and compassion of the Buddha. The Buddha never taught us a religion. As most of us know, Buddhism is not a religion but a way of life. As it is a way of life we all should be able to put it into practice in our daily life. When we apply it in our daily life we all can practice the major three steps in Buddhism namely; generosity, morality and meditation. As the greatest man ever born on this earth he has taught us how to live peacefully and harmoniously in the global society.

Every year, since the passing of the resolution by the United Nations General Assembly on 15th December 1999, the day of Vesak has been celebrated internationally. To honor this commitment, the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak (UNDV-2019) Celebrations and Academic Conference is going to be hosted by the National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha at Tam Chuc International Buddhist Convention Centre, Ha Nam Province, Vietnam, from May 12- 14, 2019. I am quite hopeful that this academic deliberation and brainstorming will show us the Buddhist Approach to Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Sustainable Societies.

On behalf of the Gautam Buddha University, India, I take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to the officials of National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha for organizing such a mega event in

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which Buddhist Leaders and Academicians from across the world are coming together to deliberate and exchange ideas on the theme of the conference to make a Sustainable Societies.
Sabba Papassa Akaranam, Kusalasa Upasampampada! Sacittapariyodanam, Etam Buddhanam Sasanam!!
(Don’t do evil deeds, keep performing as much good deeds and virtues as possible and purify mind by driving out (destroying) the total impurities.)

With this noble tenet of Buddhism in the heart, I convey my compliments to the organizers of the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak.


Prof. Bhagwati Prakash Sharma
Vice Chancellor

Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida INDIA

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