Buddha relics grace world Buddhist conference
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