New York: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that Lord Buddha’s wisdom be celebrated by taking action for others to build a peaceful world.
He tweeted, “On #Vesak Day, let us celebrate Lord Buddha’s wisdom by taking action for others – with compassion and solidarity, and by renewing our commitment to build a peaceful world.”
On #Vesak Day, let us celebrate Lord Buddha’s wisdom by taking action for others – with compassion and solidarity, and by renewing our commitment to build a peaceful world.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) May 7, 2020
Vesak marks the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha. It is the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world.
“As we honour the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Lord Buddha, we can all be inspired by his teachings. And as the human family suffers the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded of the sutra: ”Because all living beings are subject to illness, I am ill as well”, he said in a message.
Antonio Guterres said Buddha’s timeless message of unity and service to others is more important than ever.
“It is only together that we will stop the spread of the coronavirus and recover,” Antonio Guterres said.
On Vesak Day, Buddhists all over the world commemorate events of significance to Buddhists of all traditions: The birth, enlightenment and the passing away of Gautama Buddha. As Buddhism spread from India it was assimilated into many foreign cultures, and consequently Vesak is celebrated in many different ways all over the world. In India, Vaishakh Purnima day is also known as Buddha Jayanti day and has been traditionally accepted as Buddha’s birth day