Tuesday, May 24, 2005

One small step toward 5 millenia of Buddhism

Last week, there was a consensus outcome from the international conference of Buddhist monks in Bangkok essentially stating that Phutthamonthon (or Buddhamonthon, i.e Buddha's territory) in the suburb of Bangkok would serve as international center for Buddhism.
I think that is a remarkable milestone toward the prosperity of Buddhism. According to some old Thai legends, Buddha had predicted that Buddhism would be established in the Suwannaphum area (i.e. the present-day Thailand) and would last for 5 millenia before it ends. Here we are about 2.6 millenia, slightly more than half a way to go.
In the current international conflicts and wars, if people of different countries could adopt the Buddhist thinking, the World would be a peaceful place.

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