Statement by President Obama on the Celebration of Vesak


Here’s something to rejoice in – an official statement by the President and Mrs. Obama on the occasion of Vesak!

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.

Thanks to Bill Aiken of Soka Gakkai International-USA and many helping hands who made this happen.

 

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