Embassy of Myanmar


From H.E. U Win Hlaing, Myanmar

At the outset, I have the honour and privilege to extend my profound congratulations to the International Organizing Committee and the National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (NVBS) as well as the International Association of Buddhist Universities for the successful organization of the 11th Anniversary Celebration and International Buddhist Conference of United Nations Day of Vesak 2014 in Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam.
Myanmar New Year begins with sprays of cooling water showering each other with loving kindness and goodwill. Now, Kason, the second month in Myanmar traditional calendar comes and water is poured once again, this time on the Bodhi tree which is considered as the sacred tree of Enlightenment in Buddhist culture.
The full moon day of Kason, widely known as Vesask is a threefold anniversary: the birth of prince Siddatha, the Buddha-to-be, His Enlightenment at the foot of the Bodhi tree, and the passing of the Buddha into Nibbana. Most emphasis is laid on paying respects to the sacred Bodhi tree in remembrance of the Buddha’s Enlightenment.    
The significance of Vesak lies with the Buddha and his universal peace message to mankind. As we recall the Buddha and his Enlightenment, we are immediately reminded of the unique and most profound knowledge and Insight which arose in him on the night of his Enlightenment.
The teachings of the Buddha became a great civilizing force wherever it went. It appeals to reason and freedom of thought, recognizing the dignity and potentiality of the human mind. It calls for equality, fraternity and understanding, exhorting its followers to avoid evil, to do good things and to purify their minds.
The teachings of the Buddha on dignity and respect for all have important relevance in today’s world which is confronting broader challenges in peace and security, in protection of the environment and in development.
On this auspicious Day of Visak, I would like to extend my sincere best wishes for peace, prosperity and happiness of all the people in the world.

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