Bud­dha relics grace world Bud­dhist con­fer­ence

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Hun­dreds of Bud­dhist monks and del­e­gates from 51 coun­tries at­tended the three-day World Bud­dhist Con­fer­ence from Jan­uary 22-25, or­ga­nized by Sitagu In­ter­na­tional Bud­dhist Academy in Sa­gaing.

The open­ing cer­e­mony was at­tended by Myan­mar Pres­i­dent Thein Sein and many dig­ni­taries from around the world. The dele- gates spend the three days dis­cussing Bud­dhism, peace, se­cu­rity and the need for in­ter­faith har­mony, is­sues of con­cern dur­ing a pe­riod when com­mu­nal and religious con­flicts ap­pear to be in­creas­ing around the world, and ten­sions re­main in Myan­mar af­ter sev­eral com­mu­nal clashes.

“The world is full of chaos so it is a great chal­lenge for religious lead­ers but we need to work to­geth- er to have a peace­ful co­ex­is­tence and har­mony among the re­li­gions,” Ashin Nyanis­sara said dur­ing the meet­ing at the Sitagu In­ter­na­tional Bud­dhist Academy.

“I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to ex­press my spe­cial thanks to the religious lead­ers from dif­fer­ent faiths that at­tended the con­fer­ence: Bud­dhist, Chris­tian, Hindu, Is­lam and Jewish par­tic­u­larly, to the Is­lamic lead­ers from Iran for

The World Bud­dhist Con­fer­ence in­cluded sev­eral im­por­tant Bud­dhist lead­ers from around the world. Photo: EPA

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