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WFB Program (Final) 15 May

WFB Program (Final) 15 May

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World Buddhist Assembly Bangkok Programme
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World Buddhist Assembly Bangkok Convened by the World Fellowship of Buddhists 21st to 22nd May 2012 At Aksra Theater

, Bangkok Honouring the Auspicious Occasions of Buddhajayanti: The Celebration of 2,600 years of the Buddha’s Enlightenment plus His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 85th Birthday Anniversary and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 80th Birthday Anniversary And His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s 60th Birthday Anniversary

Monday, May 21, 2012 (Buddha Jayanti: the Celebration of the 2600 years of the Buddha’s Enlightenment) 5:00 - 6:00 6:00 6:30 7:00 Breakfast at Imperial Queens Park Hotel Leave Imperial Queens Park Hotel for Vajiravudh College Arrive at Vajiravudh College Candles are lit to pay homage to the Triple Gem 7:30 Bell Ringing as a sign of alms offering Alms offering to 99 monks from Thai and international countries

Participants enter the auditorium of Vajiravudh College for religious ceremonies Invited monks be ready at the auditorium Chairman of the ceremony opens the Royal curtain as a sign of His Majesty the King‟s presiding over the ceremony Candles are lit to pay homage the Triple Gem, Invited monks chant paritta according to Thai Buddhist tradition Buddhist ceremony is ended by the sprinkling of Holy water The Royal curtain is closed as a sign of His Majesty the King‟s departure. Introduction of Vajiravudh College by Vajiravudh Staff -


9:00 – 9:30 10:00 11:00 11:00-12:30

Group photos at the Vajiravudh College ground Leave Vajiravudh College Arrive at Aksra Theatre Lunch Distributing souvenir bag to participants at the entrance of the auditorium


Participants being seated in Aksra auditorium. Ceremonial Opening, starting with the Gong sound Theravada monks chant Pathamabuddhabhāsita Gāthā-the first utterance of the Buddha just after His Awakening. (Leaflets of the Gātha to be placed on each seat)

12:35 12:40 12:45 12:50 13:00 13:05 13:10 13:20 13:25 13:30 13:35 14:15

Chanting by Mahayana monks Chanting by Vajrayana monks Venerable monk leads Buddhist Meditation for 5 mins Multimedia Presentation on the Celebration of the Sambuddha Jayanti Goodwill Message from the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand (Video message) Welcome Address by Mr Phallop Thaiarry, Secretary-General of WFB Inauguration Speech by H.E. Phan Wannamethee, President of WFB Message from Most Venerable Kojun Handa, President of Japan Buddhist Federation Message from Mr. Dao Shu-Ren, Buddhist Association of China Message from Keynote Speech from Mr. Norio Wada, Chairman of the Board, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, Japan Keynote Speech from Prof. Dr. Ananda W.P. Guruge, Vice President of WFB on Significance of the 2600 Sambuddha Jayanti and the Role of the World Fellowship of Buddhists Coffee Break Buddhist Instrumental Music performance from an International acclaimed Sur Sudha Band of Nepal Meditational Art Performance Thai classical dance on ‘Power of the Buddha’ offered by MCOT Marionette Performance on ‘Paticcasamuppada-Dependent Origination’ by Sema Thai Marionette Troupe The Play by Moradok Mai Dramatic Arts Troupe on „Vessantara Jātaka- the story of the Buddha‟s past life when He extolled the virtue of unlimited charity‟ Dinner at Aksra Restaurant and return to the hotel after dinner

15:00 15:30 – 16:10 16:10 – 16:40 16:40 – 17:10 17:10 – 17:50 17:50 – 18:30


Tuesday, May 22, 2012 (Honouring the Royal Birthdays of Their Majesties King, Queen and HRS Crown Prince) 6:00-7:00 7:30 8:30 8:30-8:45 Breakfast Leave the hotel for Aksra Theatre Arrive at Aksra Auditorium Ceremonial opening with “Royal Anthem of Thailand” 8:45 9:00-9:10 9:10-10:30 Chairman of the ceremony lights the candles to pay homage to the Triple Gem Offering flower bouquet at the portraits of Their Majesties the King and Queen Invited monks chant Dhammikamahārājagāthā-Verses of the Great Dharmic King (Leaflets of the Gātha to be distributed in advance)

Venerable monk leads meditation for five minutes Multimedia presentation about His Majesty the King on the auspicious occasion of the 85th Birthday Anniversary Keynote Address on “Reign with Righteousness” by Venerable Phra Dr. Anil Sakya, Assistant Secretary to His Holiness Supreme Patriarch of Thailand and Deputy Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Mahamakut Buddhist University Keynote Speech by Prof Dr. Ananda W.P. Guruge, Vice President of WFB on “Honouring the 84th Birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand” Lunch Buddhist Chanting Performance by the World renowned Nepalese „Singing Nun‟ Ani Choying Drolma Interactive Panel Discussion on “2,600 Years of Buddhism” Piano and Violin performance by Pure Land Buddhism, Australia Leave Aksra Theatre for the Grand Palace Participants arrive at the Grand Palace and prepare for an audience with Her Majesty the Queen Sirikit of Thailand (Programme to be scheduled by the Bureau of the Royal Household) Participants return to the hotel after the program ends Remarks: For Royal audience dress code must be „Formal‟ wear.


11:00-12:30 12:30-13:00 13:00-14:30 14:30-15:00 15:00 16:00

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