President Obama just acknowledged this Buddhist holiday

The I Am For World Peace Foundation’s
Peace Temple – Tinh That Hoa Binh.
Celebrated Vesak 2016 on May 22, 2016

During the ceremony, the Venerable Bhikkhuni Sakya Thichnu Hạnh Trì read the US President Barrack Obama’s greeting and Vesak message for all Buddhists.

We deeply appreciate the kindness and understanding of President Obama given to over 3.5 millions American Buddhists who are living in the United States. This significant event marked a great milestone, since this is the first time a President of the United States officially mentioned the Vesak, the Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Passing away.

This is incredible joy for Buddhists in the world.

We join our palms and bow to the President for his kindness in supporting this important mark.


For the first time, Obama added an important holiday on the Buddhist calendar to that list, issuing his very first Vesak proclamation on Friday:

Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to Buddhists in the United States and around the world in their celebration of Vesak, a day honoring the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Buddha. During this season, we reflect on Buddha’s universal teachings of peace, service, and recognition of common humanity — shared values that also bind us all as Americans. This occasion gives us an opportunity to commemorate the many contributions of Buddhists to our progress and to recommit ourselves to building a brighter future for all communities, cultures, and religions. As we come together in hope for wisdom, courage, and compassion, our family sends our best wishes during this season.

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