More than three hundred delegates from fifteen countries gathered in the Mongolian capital, Ulan-Bator, recently for the fifth General Conference for Peace organised by the Buddhist Organisation of Asian Countries.
TGV & CU PAN Religious delegates entering Buddhist academy (2 shots)
CU PAN DOWN INTERIOR FROM Budda tapestry TO The Dalai Lama seated
LV ZOOM IN TO SV Delegates seated ZOOM INTO Nepalese delegation
SV & CU Vietnamese, Mongolian, and Indian delegates seated (4 shots)
CU & TV Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan delegates (2 shots)
LV ZOOM IN TO SV Dalai Lama addressing conference
TV Delegates listening
CU Dalai Lama continues
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Background: More than three hundred delegates from fifteen countries gathered in the Mongolian capital, Ulan-Bator, recently for the fifth General Conference for Peace organised by the Buddhist Organisation of Asian Countries.
SYNOPSIS: Among the delegates at Ulan-Bator's Buddhist Academy were Buddhist monks from all over Asia, observers from other religions and international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Peace Council and the Organisation of Solidarity of Asia and Africa. The conference marked the tenth anniversary of the Buddhist peace organisation.
The Dalai Lama attended the conference and addressed the opening session. Mongolia itself has a long association with Buddhism. In fact, the first Dalai lama was proclaimed there in the sixteenth century. Delegates from Kampuchea and Butan attended the conference for the first time, alongside representatives from long-term member countries of the Buddhist peace movement. Discussion centred around disarmament and Buddhist involvement in the peace movement in Asia and the rest of the world. Delegates discussed the importance of the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty signed recently in Vienna.
Delegates also had the chance to visit an exhibition of items from various national Buddhist centres which were displayed in the Ulan-Bator Academy during the conference. But, on the first day, the religious leader listened intently while the Dalai Lama -- the Tibetan Buddhist leader who had to flee his country when the Chinese invaded it -- spoke of the need for world peace.