Messages from France

 Paris, 20th March 2014

From Ven. Dr. TampalawelaDhammaratana, France


It is a great honor and privilege for me to extend my warmest congratulation to the International Council of the United Nations Day of Vesak, National Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha and the Government of Socialist Republic of Vietnam jointly host the 11th International Celebration of the United Nations Day of Vesak in the historical province of NinhBinh in Vietnam in May 2014. I take this opportunity to convey my warm greetings for a great success of this historical event in Vietnam.
Taking into consideration of above important event, on behalf of the International Institute of Buddhist Higher Studies of Paris, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the organizing committee for their all efforts in very successfully organizing of the United Nations Day of VesakCelebration as second time in this beautiful country.
I also would like to take this opportunity to pay my warm tribute to all delegations including political and religious leaders who will gather in NinhBinh, Vietnam to play an active role in contributing to on going process to establish World Peace, which is badly in needed for our present day society.
It is really worth that the International Council of the United Nations Day of Vesak has chosen a very important theme to this celebration on “Buddhist Perspective towards achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals”. It is no doubt that the vision and teachings of the Buddha will make a very positive in put to above theme in order to redduce global crises such as poverty, hunger, religious and political conflict, degradation of environmental preservation, and to promote education, tolerance and harmony and to maintain culture of peace.
It is important to mentions here that the Buddha’s struggle was to establish a society, where all human beings could live with dignity, irrespective of their birth, caste, class, gender and religion. Therefore, the Buddha stood against unequal treatment of any human being. He wanted a society which is free from violence, discrimination of ethnic, religious and professional opportunity. His vision for the Society in the 6th century BCE, is still valid to our modern society in 21st Century.
I wish a great success of the UN Vesak Celebration in Vietnam.
Sincerely in the Dhamma,

                     Ven. Dr. TampalawelaDhammaratana (M.A, Ph.D. Sorbonne)
                                                      Director General

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