FOREWORD

Thứ năm - 09/05/2019 06:37
Most Ven.Prof. Brahmapundit
President, International Council for Day of Vesak (ICDV)
President, International Association of Buddhist Universities (IABU)
FOREWORD



In 1999, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the resolution to recognize the Vesak Day as an International Day of Recognition of Buddhists and the contribution of the Buddha to the world. Since then, the people and the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Thailand, in general, and Mahachulalongkornraja- vidyalaya University, in particular, were very honored to have successively and successfully held for twelve years the United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations in Thailand.

From 2004 to date, we have come a long way in the celebrations, and we are happy to be the host and organizer, but it is time for the celebrations to grow and evolve. The United Nations Day of Vesak celebrations is coming to maturity, with twelve celebrations under our belt, much experience gained, it is time now to share this with others. There will always be room for growth and development, and we are elated to see it grow.

In 2006-2007, having joined the International Organizing Committee for UN Day of Vesak as Deputy Secretary General, Ven. Dr. Thich Nhat Tu has played a crucial role in building strong relationship between the National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and International Council for Day of Vesak in particular and Global Buddhist community in general.

We have supported and congratulated Vietnam for organizing successful UNDV celebrations and conference in 2008 and 2014 respectively. We have full trust in Vietnam being the host of UNDV 2019 for the third time. We like to thank all those who have contributed to the success of previous celebrations and wish all the future celebrations be successful.

The teachings of the Buddha see no boundaries, the minds of all are alike, the sufferings of all are similar and truly, the liberation of all is the same. We are happy to initiate the process, develop the

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scope and now it is time for others to follow in footsteps similar, evolve the celebrations into a truly international event that can be shared with the Buddhists and Non-Buddhists alike.

Let the Dhamma of the Buddha be the beacon to the world, shredding away the ignorance within our hearts, bringing development into sustainable capacity for humanity and more importantly, peace and harmony to the world.


Most Ven.Prof. Brahmapundit
President, International Council for Day of Vesak (ICDV)
President, International Association of Buddhist Universities (IABU)
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