History

THE FIRST BUDDHIST SUMMIT 

The three major Buddhist traditions joined hands by reverting to the original teachings of Lord Buddha and overcoming the barriers of countries and denominations.

  • HOST: MAHA BODHI SOCIETY OF INDIA
  • VENUE: KYOTO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTER, JAPAN
  • PARTICIPANTS: 13 COUNTRIES AND 1 REGION

THE SECOND BUDDHIST SUMMIT

The Second Buddhist Summit was held in November 2000, at the main hall of Buddhamonthon, Thailand, under the patronage of H.H. Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, Supreme Patriarch of Thailand. H.R.H. Maha Vajiralongkorn, Crown Prince of Thailand, presided the conference on behalf of His Majesty the King, and the supreme Buddhist leaders from 14 countries and 2 regions as well as national leaders, including H.E. Chuan Leekpai, Prime Minister of Thailand,

  • HOSTS: MAHACHULALONGKORNRAJAVIDYALAYA UNIVERSITY, KINGDOM OF THAILAND & MAIN HALL, BUDDHAMONTHON, NAKHON PATHOM, THAILAND
  • CHIEF GUEST OF HONOR: H.R.H. MAHA VAJIRALONGKORN, CROWN PRINCE, ON BEHALF OF H.M. THE KING, AND H.E. CHUAN LEEKPAI, PRIME MINISTER
  • PARTICIPANTS: 14 COUNTRIES AND 2 REGIONS

THE THIRD BUDDHIST SUMMIT  

The Third Buddhist Summit was held in December 2002 at the Throne Hall, Royal Palace, located in the center of Phnom Penh, the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia. The conference was honored by the presence of H.M. King Norodom Sihanouk and H.M. Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk of Cambodia, as well as H.E. Hun Sen, Prime Minister, H.E. Chea Sim, President of Senate, and H.R.H. Norodom Ranariddh, President of National Assembly. Supreme Buddhist leaders and national leaders from 15 countries attended the conference.

  • HOST: THE ROYAL GOVERNMENT OF CAMBODIA
  • VENUE: THE THRONE HALL, ROYAL PALACE (FIRST TIME TO BE USED FOR AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE) AND ROYAL CHAKTOMUK CONFERENCE HALL, PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
  • GUESTS OF HONOR:H.M. KING NORODOM SIHANOUK AND H.M. QUEEN NORODOM MONINEATH SIHANOUK OF CAMBODIA, H.E. HUN SEN, PRIME MINISTER, H.E. CHEA SIM, PRESIDENT OF SENATE, AND H.R.H. NORODOM RANARIDDH, PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
  • PARTICIPANTS: 15 COUNTRIES

THE FOURTH BUDDHIST SUMMIT

The Fourth Buddhist Summit was held in November 2005 at the H.R.H. Prince Chumphon Khet Udomsak Conference Hall, Bangkok, the Kingdom of Thailand. Guests of Honor were H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand attending on behalf of H.M. the King and H.E. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and the supreme Buddhist leaders of 23 countries assembled in one hall for the conference.

  • HOST: MAHAMAKUT BUDDHIST UNIVERSITY, KINGDOM OF THAILAND
  • VENUE: THE H.R.H. PRINCE CHUMPHON KHET UDOMSAK CONFERENCE HALL, BANGKOK, THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND
  • HONORED GUESTS: H.R.H. MAHA CHAKRI SIRINDHORN, PRINCESS OF THAILAND ON BEHALF OF H.M THE KING, H.E. THAKSIN SHINAWATRA, PRIME MINISTER OF THAILAND
  • PARTICIPANTS: 23 COUNTRIES

THE FIFTH BUDDHIST SUMMIT

The Fifth Buddhist Summit was held under the auspices of Nenbutsushu Buddhist Sect of Japan in November 2008 at the Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism in Japan. The supreme Buddhist leaders from 32 countries assembled in one hall, graced with the presence of T.M. King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk of Cambodia, the chief guests of honor.

  • HOST: NENBUTSUSHU BUDDHIST SECT OF JAPAN
  • VENUE: INTERNATIONAL BUDDHIST CONFERENCE HALL IN HONOR OF H.M. KING NORODOM SIHANOUK OF CAMBODIA, THE ROYAL GRAND HALL OF BUDDHISM, HYOGO, JAPAN
  • CHIEF GUESTS OF HONOR: H.M. NORODOM SIHANOUK, KING FATHER OF CAMBODIA AND H.M. NORODOM MONINEATH SIHANOUK, QUEEN MOTHER OF CAMBODIA
  • PARTICIPANTS: 32 COUNTRIES

THE SIXTH BUDDHIST SUMMIT

The Sixth Buddhist Summit was held at the Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism, the spiritual base for the 512 million Buddhists in the world and the Head Temple of Nenbutsushu Buddhist Sect of Japan. Overcoming the differences in traditions and nationalities, the supreme Buddhist leaders from the 3 major traditions, Theravada, Vajrayana, and Mahayana Buddhism, assembled in one hall and discussed to attain world peace and serenity for humanity, the earnest wish of all mankind.
The chief guest of honor was H.M. King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia. H.M. the King flew the long distance to Japan in spite of his tight schedule with his entourage of 11 members on the royal plane in order to deliver the opening address of the Sixth Buddhist Summit and to listen to the Keynote speech, wishing for the propagation of Buddhism. This very fact makes us realize the important role Buddhism will continue to play for world peace.