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    Buddhist leaders gather to celebrate Vesak day and Buddha Jayanti

    Buddhist leaders gather to celebrate Vesak day and Buddha Jayanti




    BANGKOK, 1 June 2012 - Over 5,000 Buddhist leaders from 85 countries are gathering to chant the holy Buddhist stanzas and meditate in celebration of the International Vesak Day 2012 and the 2,600th anniversary of the enlightenment of the Lord Buddha, or Buddha Jayanti at the 9th International Buddhist Conference in Ayutthaya province.

    Professor Dr. Phra Dharmakosajarn, rector of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (MCU), said that on the second day of the 3-day conference, distinguished members of Buddhist organizations worldwide delivered speeches on the use of Lord Buddha’s teachings in achieving world peace.

    He cited an example of a British Buddhist leader recently spearheading a project to introduce Buddhist message of compassion to prison inmates in the UK, as a way to gradually build long-lasting happiness for world communities.

    On the final day of the conference tomorrow, all participants will witness the issuance of the Bangkok Declaration 2012 at the United Nations Headquarters in Bangkok. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse are expected to attend the event.

    Venerable Phra Dharmakosajarn elaborated that over 1,700 Buddhist monks will also partake in a wien-thien ceremony at the Buddhamonthon park in Nakhon Pathom province. He added that this year’s event is organized in a more spectacular manner as a tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on the occasion of their 85th, 80th and 60th birthday anniversaries respectively.

    This year’s celebrations also include a ceremony to lay a foundation stone for the construction of a Buddhist park as ‘the center of World Buddhism’.


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    That sounds great. Are any Thai;s invited?

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    Phuket to Mark Visakha Bucha Day at Big Buddha

    Phuket to Mark Visakha Bucha Day at Big Buddha


    PHUKET: Visakha Bucha on Monday is likely to see thousands gather at Phuket's Big Buddha to mark one of the most important days in the Buddhist calendar.

    Temples around Phuket are also likely to be busy places, where tourists remain welcome - provided they dress appropriately.

    The Big Buddha is still attracting 1000 people a day as visitors in Phuket's low season, down from 2000 in the November-February period. Monday will see at least 10,000 or more make the trek up Nakkerd Hill to the 45-metre icon.

    A candle-lit ceremony will follow at the top of the 380-metre hill at 7pm, weather permitting.


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