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Bhante Gunaratana at United Nations

Commemoration of the International Day of the Vesak at United Nations

News Excerpt from United Nations - Srilanka Mission page 

The United Nations Day of Vesak was celebrated in New York May 1 in accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 54/115 recognizing the day of Vesak internationally as the most significant day for Buddhists all over the world.


A sermon was delivered by a scholar monk, Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, who is the founding abbot of the Bhavana Society, West Virginia and Chief Sangha Nayaka Thera for North America. In his sermon, said the Buddha identified the global problem of humanity as “universal suffering”, with the root causes of this suffering being greed, hatred and conflict within ourselves. He called upon all to practice Metta to rid ourselves of these feelings, and said that the teachings of the Buddha can only be found in the hearts and minds of the people.