The 7th Conference Of United Nations Day Of Vesak 2010 kicks off in Thailand today and will end on the May 25. This is event held in the Mayachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in Ayutthya in northern Thailand and is attended by 3000 Buddhist leaders, scholars and academicians from around the world. This year theme for the conference is " Global Recovery - The Buddhist Perspective ".
The theme for this year, “Global Recovery: the Buddhist Perspective”, speaks to the heart of global concerns at a time of multiple crises. When the economic and financial crisis hit, the poor suffered first and worst. They will take longest to recover. At the time, I urged world leaders to act in unison for the common good. Their synchronized response and the efforts of the United Nations helped to avoid a worse crisis. Valuable lessons were learned that are guiding our response as the fallout continues.
Such displays of solidarity are increasingly essential in today’s interdependent world. They are reflected in the Day of Vesak itself, and the acts of compassion for the less fortunate that are part of its annual observance. Only by showing regard for others can we succeed in tackling the great challenges of our era: reducing poverty and hunger; reversing environmental decline; avoiding catastrophic climate change; and creating a world of freedom, peace and justice for all. If we follow the true spirit of Buddhism — or any of the other major religions of the world — all these noble goals can be achieved.