• Short Summary

    THE EIGHT GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE WORLD FELLOWSHIP OF BUDDHISTS WAS OPENED ON SUNDAY AT CHIENGMAI IN NORTHERN THAILAND.

  • Description

    THE EIGHT GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE WORLD FELLOWSHIP OF BUDDHISTS WAS OPENED ON SUNDAY AT CHIENGMAI IN NORTHERN THAILAND.

    A RELIGIOUS CEREMONY MARKED THE OPENING SESSION WHEN THE SUPREME PATRIARCH OF THAILAND BLESSED THE LARGE GATHERING.

    DELEGATES SPOKE STRONGLY AGAINST MIXING THE BUDDHIST RELIGION WITH POLITICS. A NEW CLAUSE WAS ADOPTED IN THE CONSTITUTION TO SAY THE WORLD FELLOWSHIP OF BUDDHISTS SHOULD REFRAIN FROM INVOLVING ITSELF DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY IN ANY POLITICAL ACTIVITY. MANY DELEGATES EXPRESSED CONCERN AT THE INVOLVEMENT OF SOUTH VIETNAMESE BUDDHIST FACTIONS IN STREET RIOTS AND BATTLES AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT.

    A MESSAGE FROM KING BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ WAS READ BY THE THAI PRIME MINISTER, FIELD MARSHAL THANOM KITTIKACHORN. IT SAID BUDDA'S TEACHING WAS A "PRACTICAL GUIDANCE SYSTEM FOR PEOPLE IN ALL WALKS OF LIFE TO CHOOSE AND ADOPT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR OWN STATUS."
    THE FELLOWSHIP PRESIDENT, PRINCESS POON MISMAI DISKUL, TOLD THE DELEGATES THAT THE ORGANISATION HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN THE EFFORT TO BRING TOGETHER BUDDHISTS OF ALL SCHOOLS, SECTS AND BRANCHES FROM EVERY PART OF THE WORLD.

    DELEGATES AT THE CONFERENCE COME FROM AUSTRALIA, BRITAIN, SIKKIM, THE UNITED STATES, JAPAN, INDIA, CEYLON, MALAYSIA, WEST FINLAND, HONG KONG, SOUTH KOREA, TAIWAN, SOUTH VIETNAM, THAILAND, SINGAPORE, LAOS, TIBET, WEST GERMANY, BRAZIL AND THE SOVIET UNION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2T7USR08777AUPBYBWG2REZA0
    Media URN:
    VLVA2T7USR08777AUPBYBWG2REZA0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/11/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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