Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the Day of Vesak, observed on 17 May:
I extend best wishes to all celebrating Vesak, a sacred occasion to millions around the world.
On this date marking the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha, all of us, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, can reflect on his life and draw inspiration from his teachings.
In a time of growing intolerance and inequality, the Buddha’s message of non-violence and service to others is more relevant than ever.
On the Day of Vesak, let us renew our commitment to building a world of peace and dignity for all. Thank you.