Buddhist Forum Closes with Peace Declaration

April 17, 2006

Source: The Washington Times


On April 17, 2006 The Washington Times reported, "A first-ever World Buddhist Forum ended Sunday in China with the 1,000 delegates from 37 countries adopting a declaration calling for world peace. Absent from the forum held on the island city of Zhoushan in eastern Zhejiang province was Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who was not invited. China's official Xinhua news agency said the closing ceremony included 108 Buddhist masters hosting a grand ritual prayer for world peace. They also paid respect to Buddhist relics given by Taiwanese monks, the report said. The Putuoshan Declaration underscored that peace is humanity's eternal hope and harmony is a desirable state."