May 29th, 2018 is the International Vesak Day Of United Nations. On May 1st, 2018, the commemoration celebration was held in the general assembly hall of UN in New York City.
The president of the UN general assembly Mr. MIroslave Lajcak said in the ceremony:
“The United Nations was not born from any religion – no. However, the timeless principles of Buddhism remain important, to the work we do, in these Halls.”
The general secretary of UN, Mr. António Guterres delivered speech. 19 country representatives also gave speech on stage . Both Theravada and Mahayana tradition performed blessings on stage .
Ms Pingping Huang, the program director of TIHBF joined ceremony with monks, nuns and lay people from different Buddhist tradition.