May 10, 2017
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the occasion of Vesak:
“Today, Buddhists in Canada and around the world will celebrate Vesak, the most important of the Buddhist festivals. Vesak is a time when Buddhists come together to reflect on the birth, enlightenment and passing of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.
“Around the world, Buddhists will visit their local temples to pray, and to offer gifts to show respect and gratitude to the Buddha for his life and wisdom.
“This year, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, I encourage all Canadians to reflect on the Buddha’s universal teachings of peace, selfless service, and showing compassion toward others, especially those in need. These shared values unite us as Canadians, and are at the heart of Canada’s success.
“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I offer our best wishes to all those observing this sacred day.”