9 - 13 December B.E. 2545 (2002)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Wisdom and Compassion : The Way Forward
The theme was chosen to express that Buddhists of all denominations need to effectively expand our compassion into the entire world with right understanding and proper methods in accordance with Teaching of the Buddha in order to save all world beings.
At the conference, adoption of using the Buddhist era (B.E.) followed by the C.E. in parentheses for communications in the WFB family. In this connection, B.E. 2545 is equivalent to C.E. 2002 of which in fact, it has been the traditional practice of the WFB Headquarters, the WFBY Headquarters, and the WBU.
In addition, resolve of VESAK Day be observed as World Meditation Day was adopted.