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The Seventh Buddhist Summit

November 2 to 7, 2017
The Main Conference Hall of Temple Trees, the Prime Minister’s House
Holy Shrines of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi & Sri Dalada Maligawa

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Assembly of 47 countries across the 5 continents in the world
— Buddhism for World Peace —

[ HOST ] The Government of Sri Lanka
[ CONDUCTED BY ] World Buddhist Supreme Conference, Nenbutsushu Buddhist Sect of Japan
[ STEERING COMMITTEE ] •Presidential Secretariat, •Prime Minister’s Office, •Ministry of Buddhasasana, •Ministry of Foreign Affairs, •Ministry of Posts, Postal Services & Muslim Religious Affairs, •Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, •Ministry of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs, •Ministry of Defense, •Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, •Ministry of Law and Order and Southern Development, •Ministry of Tourism, •Ministry of Agriculture & Member of Parliament for Anuradhapura, •Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, •Chief Minister’s Office, Central Province, •Colombo Municipal Council, •Thimbirigasyaya Divisional Secretariat, •Colombo Divisional Secretariat

The Seventh Buddhist Summit was grandly held from November 2 to 7, 2017 in Sri Lanka, a leading country of Theravada Buddhism, as a national event under the auspices of the government of Sri Lanka in the presence of H.E. President Maithripala Sirisena as the chief guest and Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the guest of honor. It was attended by the supreme Buddhist leaders of 47 countries across the 5 continents in the world as well as national leaders and members of the Royal Families. It was in the 3rd century B.C. when Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka. Since then, Sri Lanka has protected Buddhism for 2,300 years, overcoming various adversities. Now, the nation still gives much importance on Buddhism and the 3 major Nikayas, namely, Siam Nikaya, Amarapura Nikaya, and Ramanya Nikaya, are actively working to disseminate the teachings of Lord Buddha at home and overseas. Indeed, Sri Lanka has an immeasurable influence on the Buddhist communities in the world. Sri Lanka put its national prestige on hosting the Seventh Buddhist Summit. The conference produced a great outcome more than ever in sending a strong message of peace through Buddhism to the entire world.

Opening ceremony

— The Main Conference Hall of Temple Trees, the Prime Minister’s House

November 2

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Procession of the supreme Buddhist leaders starting from the decorated arch.
The sound of traditional Sri Lankan drums and trumpets echoed in the air.

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Procession of the supreme Buddhist leaders to the conference hall

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H.E. Khamba Lama Gabju Choijamts Demberel, President, Most Ven. Dr. Shinkai Kori, Vice President, Most Ven. Weragoda Sarada Nayaka Maha Thero, Secretary General of Buddhist Summit, as well as H.E. President Maithripala Sirisena, Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Hon. Minister of Buddhasasana Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, and Hon. Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Thilanga Sumathipala of Sri Lanka, entering the hall.

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Offering flowers to the Buddha statue.

Opening address

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Opening address by H.E. Khamba Lama Gabju Choijamts Demberel, President of Buddhist Summit. His Eminence praised the tradition and high status of the host country Sri Lanka and expressed his strong determination for the great success of the Seventh Buddhist Summit.

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Hon. the Prime Minister, highlighting the importance of the coexistence among different communities and religions by respecting one another in order to realize peace in the world.

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H.E. the President speaking about his pleasure of holding the Seventh Buddhist Summit in his country that has a long Buddhist history. And His Excellency further stated that the Buddhist Summit conference would send a very significant message to the modern world suffering from numerous conflicts.

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H.E. the President of Sri Lanka entrusting a Buddha image to H.E. Khamba Lama Gabju Choijamts Demberel, President of Buddhist Summit. The Buddha image was specially made for Most Ven. Dr. Kyuse Enshinjoh, Supreme Advisor to Buddhist Summit and Founder Priest of Nenbutsushu, in commemoration of the Seventh Buddhist Summit.

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Issuance of the special commemorative postage stamp of the Seventh Buddhist Summit by the Ministry of Posts and Postal Services

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Supreme Buddhist leaders of the 47 countries assembling in one hall.
On the table and along the wall, the national flags of member countries are placed.

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Royal Families, dignitaries from UN related organizations, Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of various countries to Sri Lanka, and cultural figures, attending the grand opening ceremony together with many Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka and Japan.

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National leaders from overseas, the cabinet members of the government, the commanders of Navy-Army-Air Force,
and the inspector general of police of Sri Lanka, watching the progress.

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Keynote speech

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Keynote speech by Most Ven. Dr. Shinkai Kori, Vice President of Buddhist Summit,
Chief High Priest of Nenbutsushu Buddhist Sect of Japan

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The supreme Buddhist leaders from 47 member countries and guests of honor
intently listening to His Most Venerable.

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Delivering a strong message to the world. A simultaneous interpretation was provided and
the keynote speech booklet written in 3 languages, Japanese, English, and Sinhalese, were distributed on site.

Goodwill messages by honorable leaders of the world

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Address by Most Ven. Weragoda Sarada Maha Thero of Singapore.

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CAMBODIA
H.R.H. Princess Norodom Marie on behalf of H.M. King Norodom Sihamoni

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BHUTAN
H.R.H. Princess Dechan Wangchuck

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UGANDA
H.M. King Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli II of Kooki Kingdom

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MONGOLIA
H.E. Bagabandi Natsag, former President

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LAO PDR
Mr. Chanthavong Sene Amatmontry, Vice President of the Central Lao Front for National Development, on behalf of H.E. Bounnhang Vorachit, President of Lao PDR

Special Audience hosted by H.E. the President of Sri Lanka

— President’s House, the Official Residence of the President

November 2

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Special audience at the Official Residence of the President.

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Most Ven. Dr. Shinkai Kori expressing sincere appreciation to H.E. the President on behalf of the supreme Buddhist leaders of 47 countries in the world.

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Offering flowers to the Buddha image of H.E. the President.

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H.E. the President welcoming the representatives to Buddhist Summit and the honorable guests.

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Members of Royal Families from overseas.

Round-table meeting

— The Main Conference Hall of Temple Trees, the Prime Minister’s House

November 3 - 4

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Strong unity After the round-table meeting, all the participants stood up and took each other’s hands. It was a significant moment for Buddhists in the world to strengthen the unity by overcoming the differences in race, nationality, and tradition (Nov. 4, 2017).

Chanting sutras for world peace and the propagation of Buddhism

— The Main Conference Hall of Temple Trees, the Prime Minister’s House

November 5

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Chanting sutras wishing for world peace and the propagation of Buddhism

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Supreme leaders of Theravada Buddhism putting their hands together in front of the stage.
Liaison officers of Sri Lanka are also putting their hands together behind them.

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Chanting sutras by the supreme leaders of Mahayana Buddhism.

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Chanting sutras by the supreme leaders of Vajrayana Buddhism.

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Closing ceremony

— The Main Conference Hall of Temple Trees, the Prime Minister’s House

November 5



Address by Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of the Parliament.



Address by Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Buddhasasana.



Announcement of the Colombo Declaration 2017 by Most Ven. Weragoda Sarada Nayaka Maha Thero,
Secretary General of Buddhist Summit, Chief Prelate of Singapore



Address by Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament
and Chairperson of the Organizing Committee for the Seventh Buddhist Summit.



Handing the silver cylinder, in which the text of the Colombo Declaration is enclosed, to Most Ven. Dr. Shinkai Kori.





The closing ceremony ended with sincere prayers of all the attendees
for world peace, the propagation of Buddhism, and further prosperity of Sri Lanka.







Holding each other’s hands with renewed determination for the further propagation of Buddhism.

Joint Press Conference

— Joint press conference conducted in front of many press corps from home and abroad after the closing ceremony of the Seventh Buddhist Summit.

November 5




Organizing Committee members, Hon. the Minister of Buddhasasana, and government officials attending the press conference.





Secretary General of Buddhist Summit accepting an interview.

Cultural Show, “Buddha Rashmi”

November 5

— Nelum Pokuna Theatre



Nelum Pokuna Theatre.



Impressive and wonderful dances and drama performances.



Gazing intently at the stage.

Study Tour

— Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura and Dambulla

Worshipping Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, the oldest sacred tree in the world

November 6



Supreme Buddhist leaders offering flowers.



Special space for worship prepared for the representatives of the Seventh Buddhist Summit.





Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.





At Golden Temple on the foot of Dambulla Rock Cave Temple.
Taking commemorative photos against the background of the golden Buddha statue.







Planting a Bodhi tree of Most Ven. Dr. Kyuse Enshinjoh in commemoration of the Seventh Buddhist Summit at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya. With Hon. Madam Sumedha G. Jayasena, Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, and Hon. Sarath Ekanayake, Chief Minister of Central Province.

— Pilgrimage to Kandy

Visiting Sri Dalada Maligawa, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic,
one of the most precious temples in Sri Lanka

November 7



At Sri Dalada Maligawa, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Commemorative photo is taken with the supreme Buddhist leaders of 47 countries in the world.



Supreme Buddhist leaders offering flowers to the most sacred tooth relic.



Being interviewed on TV.

Media Coverage

— Newspapers, TV, and the Internet extensively covered the Seventh Buddhist Summit held in Sri Lanka.




Japanese Media

[Mainichi Forum of January, 2018.]


* Courtesy of The Mainichi Newspapers. All rights reserved.