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The Fourth World Buddhist Forum opened in Wuxi on the morning of October 24. Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chairperson of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, sent a congratulatory letter to the forum, showing warm welcome and sincere greeting to foreign and domestic eminent monks and friends from all walks of life attending the forum.
Yu Zhengsheng pointed out that the forum takes Common Aspiration, Common Action, Embracing Exchanges and Mutual Learning as the theme, fully embodies the good wish and realistic care of world peaceful development and human civilization progress jointly devoted by international Buddhist circle, and is of great significance, and he hoped all eminent monks could actively carry forward fine tradition of Buddhism, respond to era development requirements, drive different civilization communication and conservation, advocate harmonious coexistence of different beliefs, jointly construct human destiny community, and cooperate to write beautiful picture scroll of human civilization.
Luo Zhijun, Secretary of the Jiangsu Provincial Party Committee and Director of the Standing Committee of the Jiangsu Provincial People's Congress, participated in the opening ceremony and delivered a welcoming speech. After expressing sincere welcome to present guests, he stated that the Buddhist circle of Jiangsu has adhered to the idea of carrying forward Buddha dharma, benefiting all living creatures, actively carried out public benefit philanthropy, strengthened cultural exchange with Buddhism at home and abroad, and played positive roles in promoting economic and social development and social harmony; and that we will carry forward wisdom of Buddhist culture corresponding to time, gather magnificent power of constructing new Jiangsu, and make new bigger contributions to realizing China Dream of Chinese nation's great rejuvenation and to civilization development and progress of the world.
Leaders of international organizations and foreign politicians including Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, and Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, and leaders of Buddhist organizations of Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Sri Lanka and other countries sent letters or called to congratulate.