Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) is an international non-government organization composed of monastic and laypeople. They enact Humanistic Buddhism, which is committed to equality, respect for others, and social progress. Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) members throughout the world meet at the headquarters of the UNESCO premises at Paris, France on October 03, 2019. Their conference theme was “Faith and Inheritance.”More than 1,500 delegates, including monks and special invitees across the world attend the Buddha Light International Association’s (BLIA) first meeting of the 7th board of directors at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.

The BLIA founded by Most Venerable Master Hsing Yun in 1992 with the belief that Humanistic Buddhism is a driving force for social good, BLIA works globally for concerted, positive action in the twenty-first century. They support communities to make a difference and encourage collective action to scale solutions to benefit environment and future generations. BLIA is headquartered in Hacienda Heights, California, and has 200 chapters in over 70 countries and regions.The Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Paris, France conference was held including Buddhism representatives throughout the entire world, council members of BLIA, chairmen, committee members and lecturers of BLIA from various countries.  This is the first time such meeting was held at the UNESCO headquarters, a new milestone for BLIA in promoting humanistic Buddhism. The members including special delegates were discussed how to promote humanistic Buddhism further to other parts of the world and the younger generation. That is most important thing of the current world. Also, they discussed the future goals and shared activities with outcomes.

For many years, BLIA promoted cultural, education and charity work in line with the UN declaration made in 2000 and the sustainable development targets stated in 2014 such as eradication of poverty, hunger, health quality, education quality, gender equality and justice. BLIA actively participated in various activities organized by committees attached to UN. BLIA also delivered speeches at the events organized by UN such as the Commission on the Status of Women at UN, civil societies meeting, multi-religious harmony meeting and others. In this international meeting held at the headquarters of UNESCO, BLIA is contributing toward global peace.The Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) established in Los Angeles in 1992, the BLIA was recognized by United Nations in 2003 as its non-governmental organization member and this is the international meeting was held 23 years after BLIA Europe organized similar meeting in 1996.

On the occasion, when delivering speech by Most Venerable Xinbao, the president of BLIA World, mentioned on the common values of the world peace. He said 23 years ago, when the BLIA World Convention was held in Paris, France the theme then proposed by Most Venerable Master Hsing Yun was “Equality and Peace”. The world and people need equality and peace very closely.Most Venerable Xinbao said Most Venerable Master Hsing Yun said in humanistic Buddhism touches on equality. With peace and equality, the world will then be able to have communication, inclusiveness and mutual understanding. Each country and religion would then be able to committee well with existence of peace and quality. There would be no war, confrontation and isolation in the world. “We need equality and peace. We are promoting them across the world. Each BLIA member show their care for the society and world peace through Buddhism. “We hope the world is in peace and equality exists across the world. This is the mission of BLIA. Through this international meeting, we hope more BLIA members understand and practice this concept. This is the value of our meeting,’’ That was the point he mentioned.

The prize presentation of “Three Acts of Goodness” microfilm creative competition, handover of duty by outgoing presidents to new presidents of BLIA, formation of new BLIA light scout units, new BLIA associations and others were also held in conjunction with the opening ceremony of the BLIA world headquarters’ 1st meeting of the 7th board of directors.Most Venerable Paravahera Chandaratana Thero, the Chief Sangha Nayaka Thero in France, Athauda, the Sri Lankan Ambassador in UNESCO, Hawa Daillo, Public information officer and head of unit in UN, Liu Changle, Chairman and CEO, Phoenix Media Investment (Holdings) Ltd, Kyaw Zeya, Myanmar Ambassador to France, Liu Dejian, CEO of Netdragon Websoft and others.

After the conference, the Special Taiwanese Buddhist Delegation met with His Holiness Pope Francis after his General Audience at St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, Rome, Italy on October 06, 2019. The delegation was included Most Venerable Man Chien, the BLIA World Headquarters Deputy Secretary General, Europe Director of Fo Guang Shan International Supervisory Council and other special delegates. The group visited to Rome to engage in religious dialogue and help promote peace across the world.





Buddhika Sanjeewa
After visit to Paris, France
Official Photographs by BLIA
Video Credit for Phoenix Satellite Televisio