The Seventh Buddhist Summit
World Buddhist Supreme Conference
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
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.
［ Address by H.E. the President of Sri Lanka ］
H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka
Report on the Seventh Buddhist Summit
Inside of the city of Colombo
Main Conference Hall next to the main building of Temple Trees, the Prime Minister’s House.
It is used only when special events of the government are performed.
— The Main Conference Hall of Temple Trees, the Prime Minister’s House
The sound of traditional Sri Lankan drums and trumpets echoed in the air.
Chief Prelates of major sects and chapters of Sri Lanka and the supreme Buddhist leaders of 47 countries over 5 continents in the world assembled in one hall. And the opening ceremony was grandly held in the presence of H.E. the President, Hon. the Prime Minister, Hon. the Minister of Buddhasasana, and Hon. the Deputy Speaker of Parliament and other cabinet members, Royal Families, Heads of State, as well as intellectuals and cultural figures.
Goodwill messages by honorable leaders of the world
Address by Most Ven. Weragoda Sarada Maha Thero of Singapore.
Part of over 1,200 congratulatory messages from the 5 continents in the world were introduced.
Special Audience hosted by H.E. the President of Sri Lanka
— President’s House, the Official Residence of the President
For 2 days from November 3 to 4, 2017, the supreme Buddhist leaders from the 47 member countries across the 5 continents in the world had a meeting on the theme of “Buddhism for World Peace.” They reported the circumstances of the propagation of Buddhism in their own countries.
Chanting sutras for world peace and the propagation of Buddhism
On November 5, 2017, at the beginning of the closing ceremony, groups of Theravada monks, Mahayana monks, and Vajrayana monks respectively chanted sutras, praying for world peace and the propagation of Buddhism.
On November 5, 2017, the closing ceremony was held at the Main Conference Hall of Temple Trees, the Prime Minister’s House. And the Colombo Declaration, the Joint Communique, which was unanimously adopted by the supreme Buddhist leaders of 47 countries in the world, was announced.
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.
Cultural Show, “Buddha Rashmi”
In the evening of November 5, 2019 at Nelum Pokuna Theatre.
Attendees of the Seventh Buddhist Summit were invited to the traditional cultural show of Sri Lanka.
— Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura and Dambulla
Worshipping Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, the oldest sacred tree in the world
— Pilgrimage to Kandy
Visiting Sri Dalada Maligawa, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic,
one of the most precious temples in Sri Lanka
Preparation for the Seventh Buddhist Summit, World Buddhist Supreme Conference
BUDDHIST SUMMIT NEWS
Feature article of Weekly Economist (Jan.23, 2018).
A prominent business magazine with a long history, launched in 1923. The Seventh Buddhist Summit, a national event of Sri Lanka, was extensively reported as the grand international Buddhist conference that H.E. the President and Hon. the Prime Minister attended. It also introduced the history, nature and the culture of Sri Lanka.
Feature article of Mainichi Forum (Jan. 10, 2018).
A monthly policy information magazine published by The Mainichi Newspaper Co., Ltd. Its subscribers are mainly National Diet members, heads and senior officials of the central as well as the local governments all over Japan, policymakers at foreign embassies in Tokyo, top managements of private enterprises.
【Ministry of the Post and Postal Services of Sri Lanka.】Commemorative special postage stamp for the Seventh Buddhist Summit.
In commemoration of the Seventh Buddhist Summit, a special postage stamp was issued by the Ministry of the Post and Postal Services of Sri Lanka.
In the center of cardboard with the traditional pattern of Sri Lanka, a postage stamp with the picture of Sri Dalada Maliguwa, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and the logo of the Seventh Buddhist Summit is put on and decorated above are the Buddhist flag, the national flag of Sri Lanka, and the Buddhist Summit flag. It was presented to the attendees who came from both home and abroad.
【International Buddhist Day】
Promoting International Buddhist Day to the world is specified in Colombo Declaration, the Joint Communique.
From Colombo Declaration
We declare to make all-out effort to spread International Buddhist Day and promote the further propagation of Buddhism throughout the world by providing a variety of programs especially for young people, who will be our hope for the future, to get familiar with Buddhism.
The Seventh Buddhist Summit was given prominent coverage on the national TV. Especially the Buddhist channel broadcast live and it was reported not only in Sri Lanka but also in various countries. There was a huge reaction from around the world. This national event was also covered by the newspapers in Sri Lanka.