Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Buddha*

As millions of people worldwide observe the 2,600 anniversary of Buddha’s enlightenment, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the spiritual leader’s teaching on the need for compassion and solidarity with those less fortunate.

Addressing the General Assembly today (16 May), Ban said that “Buddhism and the United Nations share the goals of peace, dignity and human rights for all people” adding that that is why, more than ten years ago, the General Assembly passed a resolution on recognizing Vesak Day.

The Secretary-General said that Buddha’s teachings “may be twenty-six centuries old, but they are as powerful as ever today.” He called on everyone to remember Buddha’s message of tolerance and respect for all religions.

* Vesak Day marks the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha.

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