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Third World Buddhist Forum opens in Hong Kong

04-26-2012 10:28 BJT

HONG KONG, April 26 (Xinhua) -- The Third World Buddhist Forum opened here Thursday with more than 1,000 Buddhist monks and scholars from over 50 countries and regions to discuss the role of Buddhism in the construction of a harmonious society and peaceful world.

Photo taken on April 25, 2012 shows the parietal-bone
relic of Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, in
the Hong Kong Coliseum in south China's Hong Kong. The
parietal bone of Sakyamuni arrived here Wednesday
afternoon for its first public worship outside the
Chinese mainland. The Buddha's remains, or sarira, will
be enshrined in the Hong Kong Coliseum for public
worship from April 25 to 30. (Xinhua/Lui Siu Wai)

At the beginning of the opening ceremony, led by President of the Hong Kong Buddhist Association Kok Kwong, President of the Buddhist Association of China Chuan Yin, the 11th Panchen Lama, Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu, all the participants, together with thousands of monks and Buddhist believers, bowed three times to the status of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha and chanted he Heart Sutra, one of the most well known Buddhist scripture.

Backgrounder: World Buddhist Forum

The Third World Buddhist Forum is scheduled to be held from April 26 to 27 at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Over 1,000 Buddhist monks, academicians, entrepreneurs, artists and politicians from more than 50 countries and regions will attend the event. Full story>>

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