Author: Nanren Shi,
Chairman of The International Buddhist Federation
The Buddhist Forum is organized by Buddhist organizations from three countries: China, Canada and America, will be held in the Toronto University. It will be the milestone in world Buddhist history, and will be a breakthrough event for Chinese Mahayana teaching and Chinese traditional culture to participate their roles in Northern America. A powerful country and nation must have same international influence through its culture.
Buddhism has been in China for more than 2500 years. It's a very important component of Chinese culture. Introducing the precious Chinese traditional culture---Chinese Mahayana Buddhism to Northern America, and even the world, is a realistic step to fulfill the strategy of " The Belt and Road" and "Chinese Dream", are initiated by Chinese leaders。 The success of three-country "Buddhist Forum" will play an important role in further promoting both Chinese and Buddhist civilizations in Northern America. It also will present Buddhism on the world historical stage in a more positive and vigorous way.
The theme of the 1st " Buddhist Forum of China, Canada and America " is " Sustainable Peace in The Perfect Middle Way". This innovative theme was given by the chairman of Chinese Buddhist Association, Venerable Xuecheng Shi. My understanding for this theme has three parts.
- It emphasizes the importance of tolerance and peaceful coexistence.
- It emphasizes the Buddhist view of perfect middle way which see the world as one with the efforts of everyone. A peaceful world starts from me.
- Sustainable peace is the long-term goal of the three country Buddhist forum, and also the wish of all world.