The Seventh Buddhist Summit of World Buddhist Supreme Conference

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  The Seventh Buddhist Summit

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

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.

【 Chief Guest of Honor 】 Sri Lanka
H.E. Maithripala Sirisena

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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Supreme Buddhist leaders
of 47 countries across
the 5 continents in the world

The supreme Buddhist leaders of Theravada, Vajrayana and Mahayana Buddhism assembled in one hall, overcoming differences in their traditions and nationalities, and promised each other to propagate Buddhism throughout the world.

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Royal Family Members,
National Leaders,
and Cultural Figures

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.

Supreme Buddhist leaders of 47 countries
across the 5 continents in the world

The supreme Buddhist leaders of Theravada, Vajrayana and Mahayana Buddhism assembled in one hall, overcoming differences in their traditions and nationalities, and promised each other to propagate Buddhism throughout the world.

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◯ARGENTINA
◯BHUTAN
◯CROATIA
◯FRANCE
◯ITALY
◯MALAYSIA
◯NETHERLANDS
◯SOUTH AFRICA
◯TANZANIA
◯VENEZUELA

◯AUSTRALIA
◯BRAZIL
◯CZECHIA
◯GERMANY
◯JAPAN
◯MEXICO
◯NEW ZEALAND
◯SPAIN
◯THAILAND
◯VIETNAM

◯AUSTRIA
◯CAMBODIA
◯DENMARK
◯HUNGARY
◯KENYA
◯MONGOLIA
◯PHILIPPINES
◯SRI LANKA
◯UGANDA

◯BANGLADESH
◯CANADA
◯DR CONGO
◯INDIA
◯KOREA
◯MYANMAR
◯RUSSIA
◯SWEDEN
◯UK

◯BELGIUM
◯CHILE
◯FINLAND
◯INDONESIA
◯LAO PDR
◯NEPAL
◯SINGAPORE
◯SWITZERLAND
◯USA



Colombo Declaration, Joint Communiqué, was adopted

Overcoming the differences in race, nationality, and tradition, the supreme Buddhist leaders of 47 countries across the 5 continents in the world assembled in one hall for the Seventh Buddhist Summit. And they unanimously adopted the Colombo Declaration, Joint Communiqué, which places “Strong Unity” as its first resolution.

In the Colombo Declaration, the supreme Buddhist leaders reconfirmed their resolve that Nalanda Mahavihara, the cherished dream of all Buddhists in the world for over 800 years, is to be reestablished. The reestablishment of Nalanda Mahavihara was decided at the Fourth Buddhist Summit held in the Kingdom of Thailand in 2005. Furthermore, they resolved to revive the passion of the 500 arhats at the first Buddhist council held in the Cave of the Seven Leaves by gathering at the International Buddhist Auditorium which is under construction in the vicinity of Nalanda Mahavihara.

At the end of the closing ceremony, it was announced that the Eighth Buddhist Summit and the Inauguration Ceremony of Nalanda Mahavihara would be held together in 2018 in Japan. Nalanda Mahavihara will play an important role as the center for spreading Buddhism into the entire world, just like the former one in India that took the lead in propagating Buddhism. This auspicious occasion will go down in Buddhist history and will give a great pleasure to not only the supreme Buddhist leaders of the member countries but also all Buddhists in the world.

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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.

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Colombo Declaration, Joint Communiqué adopted at the Seventh Buddhist Summit.

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