Vesak Day Message:
'We must open our minds to new ideas and possible solutions'
The UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon said in a Vesak
"We commemorate this year's Day of Vesak as the international
community enters the final preparations for the United Nations
Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, a
once-in-a-generation opportunity to set the world on a more equitable
and sustainable path of development.
"Buddhism has much to offer that process. The Buddha's assertion
that, "The way to change the world is to change the nature of man,"
offers a critical insight on how to improve conditions for our planet
and its inhabitants. "The spirit to care not just for ourselves but for
others, based on an awareness of our interlinked fates, lies at the
heart of Buddhism and indeed all of the world's great religions.
"These teachings challenge families, communities and nations to act
in concert for the advancement of our common well-being, which is the
best way to secure individual and collective progress in an
"We must also change longstanding assumptions and open our minds to
new ideas and possible solutions, if we are to address major global
threats from the proliferation of deadly weapons to intolerance and
inequality. I invite Buddhists and people of all traditions, to use the
occasion of Vesak Day, to reflect on how we can change our actions to
pave way for a more sustainable future."