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Thailand: Thai Buddhists celebrate Vesak and seek solutions to political and social crisis

Thailand is still shaken from weeks of tension and violence that have sown death and destruction. The theme of 2010, organized in collaboration with the Japanese, focusing on Buddhist “prospects” in world economy. Prayers, meditations and torchlight processions for peace in the country.

Bangkok – The festival of Vesak – which celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha – is a moment of reflection, prayer and blessing for Thailand, shaken by a political and social crisis in recent weeks that has sown death and destruction. It is proposed as a starting point for addressing the challenges of Thai society, in search of peace and solidarity, and nations around the world, who must overcome an economic crisis unprecedented in recent history.

Japan has collaborated with Thailand in the organization of the 7th Conference for the feast of Vesak, an event sponsored by the United Nations which has declared the land of the elephants’ world centre of Buddhism. “The festival takes place May 23 to 25 and the central theme is focused on the economy, starting with the slogan “Global Recovery : The Buddhist Perspective”.” Prince Vajiralongkorn and his wife, Princess Srirasami presided over the inaugural ceremony of the conference which was attended by Somdet Phra Buddhachaya – Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand – together with 400 Buddhist patriarchs from around the world and 1,300 Buddhist leaders representing 1300 nations.

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