Connecting with defferent religions this Vesak

The Buddhist Channel, April 29, 2006

Singapore -- The Singapore Buddhist Federation (SBF) would jointly celebrate this Vesak with the Inter-Religious Organisation of Singapore, Jamiyah Singapore, Hindu Endowments Board and the Central Singapore Community Development Council.  It is also the first time that other religions would come together on this sacred day to promote inter-religious harmony. The two-day event which would open on 6 May 2006 at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, would be graced by the President of Singapore, His Excellency S R Nathan.

This year's Vesak marks the 2550th year since Buddha attained enlightenment. Planned by the Singapore Buddhist Federation and Buddhist youths to promote inter-religious harmony, the event themed "Growing Compassion, Harvesting Harmony" also follows the Buddha's teaching on compassion.

One of the major programmes featured in this downtown event is Project Million Lotus. Speaking at a press conference today at Meritus Mandarin, Venerable Sik Kwang Sheng who is this year's Chairman of the Singapore Buddhist Vesak Celebrations Committee revealed, "Project Million Lotus is a nationwide inter-religious wish-making event, which celebrates all major religions’ common teachings on compassion.

Just as the lotus grows out of muddy water but retains its purity, our country will rise above the global challenges to strengthen our inter-religious harmony with every lotus Singaporeans fold”.

This is the first time in history, SBF celebrates a Vesak event with other religious organizations. It hopes to see more of such collaborations in future and encourages other religious organizations to do the same as well.

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