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Statement by the Prime Minister on Vesak


OTTAWA, May 19, 2019 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Vesak:

"Today, we join Buddhists in Canada and around the world to celebrate Vesak.

"The most important Buddhist festival, Vesak commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and passing into Nirvana of the founder of Buddhism, Gautama Buddha.

"On this occasion, Buddhists visit local temples to pray and offer gifts in respect and gratitude for the Buddha's life and wisdom. They also reflect on his universal teachings of peace, selfless service, and compassion for others.

"Vesak is an important reminder that we can all put these teachings into practice in our daily lives, and help build a better, more open and inclusive world.

"Today, I invite all Canadians to honour Buddhist communities and their important contributions to our country. On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish a peaceful and happy Vesak to all those observing this sacred day."

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