STATEMENT BY H.E. AMBASSADOR BUI THE GIANG, DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF VIETNAM, AT VESAK DAY 2009 CELEBRATIONS AT U.N. HEADQUARTERS
05-15-2009, 02:43 pm
AMBASSADOR BUI THE GIANG,
REPRESENTATIVE OF VIETNAM,
DAY 2009 CELEBRATIONS AT U.N. HEADQUARTERS
New York, 15 May
Ladies and Gentlemen,
First of all,
I would like to express my sincere thanks to H.E. Ambassador Park In-kook and the
Permanent Mission of the Republic
of Korea for hosting this
auspicious event, enabling us to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and
passing of Lord Buddha. I specifically appreciate the presence of H.E.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon which testifies to the importance the United
Nations attaches to Buddhism, its philosophy and relevance to the work and
lofty objectives of our Organization.
last year when the official United Nations Vesak Day was celebrated in Viet Nam and when we at the same time celebrated
the Vesak Day here in New York,
the world was engulfed in an endemic global food crisis, with some 200 million
people - mainly in developing countries - falling victim to it. Thanks to the
synergetic efforts of the entire international community, the world has now
recovered to an important extent from the most critical moment of the crisis,
although greater and more enduring efforts are still much needed to sustain the
fragile achievements that we have gained, and moreover, to accomplish the
poverty reduction goal set for 2015 by the United Nations.
This May when
the official United Nations Vesak day celebrations were concluded just a few
days ago in Bangkok, Thailand, and when we are celebrating the Vesak Day here
in New York, the world is being even deeper in another Deluge-like crisis - the
financial and economic crisis - that hits virtually every corner of the globe
and every member of this human community, developed and developing countries
alike. This crisis, plus the old and new wars and conflicts still raging in all
five continents, has driven many hundreds of millions of people into destitute living
conditions. Let alone the continued alarming deterioration of the ecological environment
which has led to the ominous climate change, especially global warming. Ladies
and gentlemen, the bell is tolling for this human race.
It is in this
context that the celebration of Vesak Day is all the more opportune and meaningful.
It reminds us of the Enlightened One’s tenets more than two millenniums ago on
peace, harmony, compassion, non-violence, tolerance, and no-self. It motivates
us not only to study again these tenets, educate ourselves in their spirit, but
also to subdue our instinctive selfish interests and act accordingly, in a
united, determined and responsible way. The implementation of this, of course, is
an immensely challenging journey that calls for committed engagement of each
and every member of the international community. In this journey, together with
followers of other religions and non-religious people, Buddhists play a very
important role. And in this journey, I can assure you of the readiness and
devotion of the Vietnamese Buddhists and people to work with all other people
the world over. Together, let’s translate Lord Buddha’s teachings into reality
– to practise good deeds in order to attain Nirvanar right here, on earth.
Triple Gem bless all sentient beings in this journey.