General Conference

21st General Conference

5 - 9 December B.E. 2543 (2000)
Bangkok, Thailand
Buddhism and Globalization
At the conference, the dialogue on how Buddhism can adapt to globalization, meet challenges in life and bring peace and harmony to mankind was discussed.  The conference was also held to celebrate “Golden Jubilee” the 50th Anniversary of the WFB (B.E. 2493-2543/1950-2000) which the opening ceremony was held at Thailand Cultural Center.  H.E. Mr. Chuan Leekpai, Prime Minister of Thailand was also attended at the conference.  Various heads of States and Sanghas sent their visions and messages to congratulate on this memorable occasion. At the Opening Ceremony Day, the WFB Golden Jubilee Exhibition had enlightened the activities over the past 50 years and of its future works.  The remarkable event was inauguration of the World Buddhist University that marked another milestone to the wisdom of our Buddhist world.

The following resolutions were unanimously accepted.
  1. Appealed January each year to the Regional Centres as well as all Buddhist organizations worldwide perform observance of Vesak on the relevant date.
  2. The INTERNATIONAL BUDDHIST YEAR OF METTA (Loving kindness) B.E. 2544-2545 (2001-2002) was approved with the consideration that it should be the appropriate strategy for constructing peace (Loving Kindness and Tolerance) in the minds of men that should resulted in peaceful and co-existence among humankind.
  3. Appealed to UNESCO to include Buddha Dhamma in its Universal Ethics Project and to involve internationally renowned Buddhist Scholars in the future steps in defining universal ethics.
  4. Committee of Review the WFB Constitution was set up.