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The Sixth Buddhist Summit

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December 9 to 11, 2014
At the International Buddhist Conference Hall
in Honor of H.M. King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia
in the Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism,
the Head Temple of Nenbutsushu Buddhist Sect of Japan

The supreme Buddhist leaders of 41 countries holding hands and taking a vow to propagate Buddhism under the theme of the Unity of all Buddhists in the World.

The Sixth Buddhist Summit was held at the Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism, the spiritual base for the 510 million Buddhists in the world and the Head Temple of Nenbutsushu Buddhist Sect of Japan. Overcoming the differences in traditions and nationalities, the supreme Buddhist leaders from the 3 major traditions, Theravada, Vajrayana, and Mahayana Buddhism, assembled in one hall and discussed to attain world peace and serenity for humanity, the earnest wish of all mankind.
The chief guest of honor was H.M. King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia. H.M. the King flew the long distance to Japan in spite of his tight schedule with his entourage of 11 members on the royal plane in order to deliver the opening address of the Sixth Buddhist Summit and to listen to the Keynote speech, wishing for the propagation of Buddhism. This very fact makes us realize the important role Buddhism will continue to play for world peace.

The news of H.M. King Norodom Sihamoni of the Kingdom of Cambodia attending the Sixth Buddhist Summit as the chief guest of honor was broadcast nationwide via the National Television of Cambodia on the day of His Majesty’s return.
Click here to the National Television of Cambodia website. (The news video starts around 6 min.)

Opening ceremony

December 9

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The International Buddhist Conference Hall in Honor of H.M. King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.

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Stone monument bearing the name of the late H.M. King Norodom Sihanouk, a devout Buddhist.

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The Entrance Hall
Stone statues of Lord Buddha with his 5 disciples depicting the first sermon of Lord Buddha in Deer Park, Sarnath.
On both sides of the stone statues, flowers sent from H.E. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President of the Liberal Democratic Party,
and H.E. Fumio Kishida, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, were placed.

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Main Conference Hall with the capacity of approximately 2,000 seats.
Participants waiting for the opening.

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The supreme Buddhist leaders of 41 member countries from the 5 continents
and the participants in the Sixth Buddhist Summit assemble in the Main Conference Hall.

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Greetings from the royal boxes
Kingdom of Cambodia
H.M. King Norodom Sihamoni, the chief guest of honor,
H.R.H. Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, H.R.H. Princess Norodom Arunrasmy
and H.E. Keo Puth Reasmey, spouse of H.R.H. Norodom Arunrasmy and Former Deputy Prime Minister,
H.E. Kong Som Ol, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Royal Palace,
H.E. Khek M. Caimealy, High Privy Councillor of H.M. the King
and Ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia to China,
and H.E. Srey Nory, Senior Minister, Director of the Cabinet of H.M. the King,
H.E. Yi Thon, Secretary of State, the Royal Palace’s Religious Affairs Assistant,
H.E. Kol Bunly, Under Secretary of State, the Royal Palace.

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Uganda
H.M. King Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli Kamswaga II
and H.E. Prime Minister Hajji Idd Ahmmed Kiwanuka, Prime Minister of Kooki Kingdom.

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Nepal The country in which Lumbini, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, is located.

H.E. Prakash Man Singh, Deputy Prime Minister, and Mrs. Sirjana Singh.
H.E. Deepak Chandra Amatya, Minister of Culture, and Mrs. Saraswati Karmacharya Amatya.

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Kingdom of Thailand
M.R. Benchapa Krairiksh and H.E. Dr. Sakthip Krairiksh, Former Ambassador of Thailand to Japan and to USA.

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Kingdom of Bhutan
H.R.H. Princess Ashi Dechan Wangchuck and her royal entourage.

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United Nations
H.E. Dr. Doudou Ndoye Diène, United Nations Human Rights Commissioner,
and Ms. Dena Merriam, Founder and Convener of the Global Peace Initiative of Women.

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Mongolia
H.E. Natsagiin Bagabandi, Former President of Mongolia, and H.E. Azadsuren Oyunbileg, Former First Lady of Mongolia.

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Applause echoing in the Main Conference Hall.

Opening address

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Opening address by H.M. King Norodom Sihamoni of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the chief guest of honor.

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H.M. King Norodom Sihamoni declaring the opening of the Sixth Buddhist Summit.

Keynote speech

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Keynote speech, delivered by Most Ven. Dr. Kyuse Enshinjoh, President of Buddhist Summit.

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The supreme Buddhist leaders from 41 member countries and guests of honor at the royal boxes
intently listening to His Most Venerable.

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Commemorative photo session in commemoration of the Sixth Buddhist Summit.

Round-table meeting

December 10

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The Main Conference Hall was rearranged into a round-table meeting room.
The representatives engaging in a lively exchange of views and opinions
for the propagation of Buddhism to the future generation.

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Current situation of Buddhism in each country was reported.

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The most prestigious international Buddhist conference in the world,
attended by the supreme Buddhist leaders from 41 countries.

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The earnest discussion has gone over a long period of time.

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Supreme Buddhist leaders shared their tasks and issues by reference to the reports of all the member countries.

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Making a vow to unite all Buddhists in the world, holding each other’s hands.
The Joint Communiqué of the Sixth Buddhist Summit was unanimously adopted
by the supreme Buddhist leaders of 41 member countries.

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Audience celebrating the unity of Buddhists in the world with big applause.

Prayers for world peace
and the propagation of Buddhism

December 11

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Representatives of the 3 major Buddhist traditions pray for the realization of world peace
as well as for the further propagation of Buddhism in the world.

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Mahayana Buddhism
Representative of Switzerland. Chanting by His Most Venerable and the delegation.

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Mahayana Buddhism
Representative of Finland. Chanting by His Most Venerable and the delegation.

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Mahayana Buddhism
Representative of Vietnam. Chanting by His Most Venerable and the delegation.

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Vajrayana Buddhism
Chanting by Their Most Venerables, the representatives of Vajrayana Buddhism and their delegations.

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Chanting sutras wholeheartedly together.

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Theravada Buddhism
Chanting by Their Holinesses and Most Venerables, the representatives
of Theravada Buddhism and their delegations.

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Praying for world peace and serenity for humanity.

Closing ceremony

December 11

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Closing ceremony

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

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H.E. Khamba Lama Demberel Choijamts of Mongolia, delivering his inaugural speech.

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H.E. Khamba Lama Demberel Choijamts joining his hands
to take a vow to advance forward with the propagation of Buddhism.

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Address by H.E. Chamal Rajapaksa, Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.
With Rev. Muruddeniye Dhammarathana Thero,
representing Most Ven. the Chief Prelate of Asgiriya Chapter of Siamese Sect
who is the Representative of Sri Lanka to Buddhist Summit,
Most Ven. Balangoda Sobitha, Rector of Vidyodaya Pirivena Buddhist University,
and Most Ven. Walahahengunawewa Dhammarathana Thero, Chief Incumbent of Raja Maha Viharaya.

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Closing address by Most Ven. Dr. Shinkai Kori, Japan, the host country.

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The Royal Ballet of Cambodia, a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
In celebration of the success of the Sixth Buddhist Summit, traditional cultural performances were presented.

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H.R.H. Princess Norodom Buppha Devi,
the supreme advisor of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia, a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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Apsara Dance, the dance of celestial nymphs lighting up the stage beautifully and gracefully.

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Audience giving big applause.



Videos of the Sixth Buddhist Summit.

Media coverage

The Sixth Buddhist Summit conference started with the opening address by H.M. King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia, the chief guest of honor, on December 9, 2014. On the same day, the news on the Sixth Buddhist Summit was broadcast nationwide via the state channel in Cambodia.

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H.M. King Norodom Sihamoni left Cambodia
to attend the Sixth Buddhist Summit to be held in Japan on the royal plane.
Send-off ceremony by national leaders and the high government officials
was broadcast throughout Cambodia on the same day.

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National leaders and the high government officials of Cambodia awaiting the arrival of His Majesty.
The scene of His Majesty shaking hands with H.E. Prime Minister Hun Sen to celebrate the successful visit to Japan
was broadcast via National Television of Cambodia (TVK).

Japanese newspapers

[Mainichi Newspapers on December 9, 2014.]
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* Courtesy of The Mainichi Newspapers. All rights reserved.

[Nara Newspapers on December 11, 2014.]
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* Courtesy of Nara Newspapers. All rights reserved.