The Bangkok Declaration of the Tenth Anniversary Celebrations of the United Nations Day of Vesak calls on Buddhist leaders to strengthen their ongoing noble mission to promote education, as well as social and humanitarian development for sustainable world peace.
The Bangkok Declaration was issued at the conclusion of the celebrations and meetings of Buddhist leaders and representatives from 87 countries in Thailand on 21-22 May 2013.
The celebrations took place at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok and Buddhamonthon in Nakhon Pathom province to commemorate the Day of Vesak, or Visakha Puja, coinciding with 24 May this year.
In the Bangkok Declaration, the Buddhist leaders and representatives resolved to work tirelessly for universal education in the 21st century, emphasizing the integration of wisdom and compassion in caring for the environment, cultivating synergy between school subjects and disciplines, and incorporating ethics and a sense of community to the existing approach for acquiring skills for economic and social development.
They will reinforce the Buddhist path of non-violence, by facing the many challenges to peaceful co-existence, with a conviction that is stronger than ever before, reaffirming their determination to maintain cultural and religious harmony and tolerance through upholding human dignity.
They resolved to take the opportunity of the Day of Vesak gathering to encourage Buddhists to be more proactive in promoting peace, which is so central to the teachings of the Buddha, and in particular, spreading the Buddha’s wisdom on the inter-connectedness of all humans as a global family and the shared consequences of their actions.
All governmental and non-governmental organizations were urged to strive toward sustainable economic and social development, stressing the need to balance such development with the preservation of the environment.
The Buddhist leaders and representatives will strengthen efforts to promote the message of the inter-being of humankind, through encouraging individuals and organizations to develop the perspective of being global citizens as they address important issues in their work together. They will also promote the ethical use of mindfulness in a universally applicable manner, in such fields as healthcare, education, management, and community development.
Moreover, the Buddhist leaders and representatives resolved to do the utmost to contribute towards achieving the goal of the ASEAN Community in 2015, calling upon the strength of the unity within the diversity of the Buddhist community that has been fostered by the International Council for the Day of Vesak.
Also in the Bangkok Declaration, His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, on the auspicious occasion of his 100th birth anniversary, has been commended for the work he has accomplished to uplift humanity, particularly in the areas of education, spirituality, and healthcare.