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9th General Conference of ABCP

7-12 September 1998

Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar Declaration

We, the participants of the 9th General Conference of the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace, held at Ulan Bator from 7-12 September, 1998,

- being conscious of the duties and responsibilities for strengthening, developing mutual understanding and cooperation at the regional and international level,

- promoting the cause of peace, harmony, equality and protection of nature and environment, based on the teachings of Lord Buddha, and also defending human rights,

- desiring to galvanise Buddhist work for peace, as effectively as possible, by making the compassionate teachings of Lord Buddha well know for the benefit of the general public as a whole,

have spelt out urgent tasks on the background of the present situation in Asia on the eve of the 21st century.

In view of the changed world scenario and democratisation, ABCP realises that developing mutual trust instead of confrontation, furthering mutual understanding instead of violence are the important characteristics of cordial international relations. Yet the world today is facing a very serious situation due to escalation of the arms race, testing of nuclear weapons and missiles, testing of nuclear weapons b non-nuclear States, establishment of foreign military bases, deployment of foreign troops, and conducting military exercises in Asia and the Pacific region, and gross violation of human rights.

Poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy stares at the face of the millions of people in the world, including Asia. The nuclear power countries tend to use their available sources not for improving the lives of their people. The global problems faced by humanity can be solved if such sources are diverted for the upliftment of mankind and for their economic betterment.

Under the prevailing circumstances, we cannot watch these developments as silent spectators and we strongly feel that we have to act in unison to save humanity from destruction. The growing terrorist activities in the world have to be contained in the interest of social stability and well-being of the people. In this respect, it is necessary to take effective measures to educate younger generations. Spiritual development and the development of mind of the individual based on the Buddha's teachings can make the contemporary world sustainable. It is also extremely important to instill Buddhist values of compassion in the minds of the people to create the edifice of a sustainable society in the world.

The success of the movement for peace and harmony depends on the work of the ABCP National Centres. Therefore, we reiterate our commitment to undertake the following tasks:

  • Not to spare any efforts in realising the objective of total disarmament and elimination of all weapons of mass destruction which threaten the life of all the sentient beings so that every body could live in a world free from nuclear weapons. In our strivings, we are guided by Lord Buddha's teaching: "All fear violence and all fear death. Put yourself in other's place and do not kill and not let kill." This can be realised by taking active part in the universal movement for complete disarmament and elimination of nuclear weapons.
  • To undertake activities like collecting of signatures, organising peace marches, carrying on effective campaigns through mass media, exhibitions and display of films to create general awareness among the people on the need to eliminate the growing threat of a nuclear holocaust.
  • To express solidarity to those Buddhists who live under tension and who have been denied the right to practice religion, and to launch activities to support the resolving of national problems without outside interference and to support protection of human rights.
  • To make notable contribution widely based on the Buddhist traditional idea of conservation of ecology and protection of natural environment.
  • To disseminate Buddhist teachings, to enrich Buddhist tradition and culture and to expand the framework of activities and to develop cooperation in this regard.
  • To coordinate the activities of the National Centres and the Standing Commissions of ABCP, to invigorate exchange of information and to revive, as early as possible, the publication of "Dharmaduta" making it an important means of communication to disseminate the teachings of Lord Buddha and publicise the activities of the ABCP and its National Centres.
  • To cooperate and strengthen traditional ties with religious and non-religious organisations working for peace and disarmament, and with other religionists, temples and monasteries for establishing new relations and cooperation with them.

This Conference of the ABCP urges upon Brothers and Sisters in Dhamma to work together and strengthen solidarity for the common cause of Peace and Dhamma.

Ulan Bator

11 September 1998