The Fourth World Buddhist Forum is currently underway in Wuxi City in east China’s Jiangsu Province.
More than 1,000 monks and scholars from 52 countries and regions attended the opening of the forum on Saturday.
China’s top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng wrote a letter to congratulate the event, urging Buddhist circles in different nations to promote dialogue between cultures and religions.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, foreign politicians and leaders of Buddhist organizations also sent congratulations to the event.
Jointly proposed by Buddhist communities in Chinese mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao in 2005, World Buddhist Forum was established as a platform for Buddhists to communicate and cooperate.