News at Tipitaka Network
In Message, Secretary-General Says Buddha's Belief that Changing Man's Nature Changes World Offers Insight to Improve Conditions for Planet, Inhabitants
Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message for the Day of Vesak, 5 May:
We commemorate this year's Day of Vesak as the international community enters the final preparations for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro - a once-in-a-generation opportunity to set the world on a more equitable and sustainable path of development.
Buddhism has much to offer that process. The Buddha's assertion that, "The way to change the world is to change the nature of man," offers a critical insight into how to improve conditions for our planet and its inhabitants.
The spirit to care not just for ourselves but for others, based on an awareness of our interlinked fates, lies at the heart of Buddhism - and, indeed, all of the world's great religions.
These teachings challenge families, communities and nations to act in concert for the advancement of our common well-being. That is the best way to secure individual and collective progress in an interdependent world.
We must also change longstanding assumptions and open our minds to new ideas and possible solutions if we are to address major global threats, from the proliferation of deadly weapons to intolerance and inequality.
I invite Buddhists and people of all traditions to use the occasion of the Day of Vesak to reflect on how we can change our actions to pave the way for a more sustainable future.
Buddhist News Features:
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Vesak Extra!
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Vesak Extra!
Saturday, May 21, 2016 Vesak Extra!
Following faith: A Journey into Buddhism
J.K. Rowling reveals Buddhist mythology in Harry Potter backstory
The monsters of Buddhism — inside and out
Triratna Buddhism founder Sangharakshita dies at 93
Global meditation for peace and remembrance
Ladakh is bringing new love to old stupas
Exposition of Buddhist art and Myanmar music
The Karla and Bhaja rock-cut caves in Maharashtra deserve a visit
Japanese experts help preserve Vietnamese antiquities
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh returns to Vietnam
NB Science Café being mindful about compassion
Christian and Buddhist nuns choose dialogue in their first international meeting
Colorful celebrations mark the end of Buddhist Lent
“The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka” at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Bangkok’s inventive new biennial brings contemporary Art to Buddhist temples
World Buddhist Forum opens in Fujian
Yangon through the eyes of the faithful and historians
Five stupas damaged due to river bank collapses
Sri Lanka presented Bodhi tree sampling to Buddhist House in Berlin
Buddhist monk pursuing business degree at Wichita State
Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammāsambuddhassa.
Buddha sāsana.m cira.m ti.t.thatu.