“Now more than ever…

“Now more than ever, we need the spirit of non-violence to help inspire peace and quell conflict… I offer my best wishes to believers celebrating Vesak Day, and my sincerest hopes that we may all draw on spiritual ideals to strengthen our resolve to improve our world.”

– Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


“Vesak”, the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May, is the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world. It was on the Day of Vesak two and a half millennia ago, in the year 623 B.C., that the Buddha was born. It was also on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha attained enlightenment, and it was on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha in his eightieth year passed away.

The General Assembly, by its resolution 54/115 of 1999, recognized internationally the Day of Vesak to acknowledge the contribution that Buddhism, one of the oldest religions in the world, has made for over two and a half millennia and continues to make to the spirituality of humanity. This day is commemorated annually at the UN Headquarters and other UN offices, in consultation with the relevant UN offices and with permanent missions, which also wish to be consulted.


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15 thoughts on ““Now more than ever…

  1. Happy Vesak Day to one and all! 😀

  2. Happy Vesak day sweety and thanks for sharing that awesome quote. (I am going to steal it from you 😉 )

    Nice weekend and big hug to you and your loved ones! Xx

  3. Happy Vesak to you and all.

  4. We need more spiritual effort relative to the ideals. Humanity is a potential unified spiritual force. We must evolve to the actualization of that force. It’s a conscious moment to moment engagement.

  5. Happy Vesak Day to you. 🙂

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