Second World Buddhist Summit in Lumbini (November 30 – 2 December, 2004)
The second world Buddhist Summit was held in Lumbini, Nepal from November 30 to December 2, 2004. The summit opened on Tuesday, 30th November prayers, a peace rally and presentation of papers.
His Majesty King Gyanendra formally inaugurated the summit on Wednesday, 1 December 2004. Thousands of people including more than 140 delegates from 28 countries which included VIPs, observers, ministers, monks, nuns and heads of diplomatic missions attended the summit. It ended on Thursday, 2 December 2004 issuing a 10 point Lumbini Declaration. Some of the points were, to declare Lumbini World Peace City, to promote and develop other holy sites namely Kapilvastu, Devdaha and Ramgram, and to respectfully urge that all efforts be made to resolve the existing situation in Nepal in the spirit of the Buddhist peace vision involving all the parties in conflict. (Please see full text of declaration on page 17).
The participants decided to hold the summit once every four years. The first summit was held in 1998 at Lumbini. Similar summit was held in Yangon, Myanmar in December 2004