The Ambassador of Myanmar to Japan, U Soe Han, and representatives from the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture attended the opening ceremony of the Eighth World Buddhist Summit, which took place at The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism in Tokyo, Japan, on 14 September.
The ceremony was also attended by Venerable Sayadaw Dr Bhaddanta Sandhima Bhivamsa, Secretary Sayadaw of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka, and Venerable Sayadaw Dr Bhaddanta Dhammasami (Oxford Sayadaw), the rector of Shan State Buddha University (Taunggyi), according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Buddhist monks and Buddhist associations from 32 countries, representatives from the United Nations, ambassadors from the embassies based in Japan and representatives also attended the opening ceremony.
The Eighth World Buddhist Summit held 13-15 September was organized by Nenbutsushu Sam Pozan Muryojuji Temple in Kato City, Japan. — ASH/TH