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Buddha's teachings inspire us to become global citizens: UN Chief
Recognised by the UN General Assembly, the Day of Vesak was observed to acknowledge the contributions of Buddhism at the UN headquarters. Buddhism, founded by the Buddha is one of the oldest religions in the world. According to the UN, Buddhism has 'made for over two and a half millennia and continues to make to the spirituality of humanity'.

This day was commemorated at the UN Headquarters and other UN offices on April 30 considered to be 'the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world'.

"The teachings of the Buddha, and his message of compassion and peace and goodwill have moved millions. Millions around the world follow the teachings of the Buddha and on the Day of Vesak commemorate the birth, the attainment of enlightenment and the passing away of the Buddha," stated the UN.

The UN Chief Antonio Guterres in his message said that the Buddha rose above self-interest and went into the world to help overcome human suffering through his teachings that are based on the principle of compassion as central to enlightenment. He added that the Buddha's message of service to others was more relevant than ever due to current numerous challenges ranging from conflict to climate change, and from prejudice to growing inequality.

"The Buddha's teachings can inspire us to become global citizens. And the focus in Buddhism on the inherent dignity of life finds resonance today in our 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," he added.

He called on the world community to renew commitment to bridge differences, care for the most vulnerable and truly leave no one behind as we navigate the path to a better future for all.

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