Dear Buddhist Friends,
I am delighted to send you the traditional Wesak greetings which have come from the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
This year the letter recognizes the importance of fraternity, loving kindness and compassion in both our religions. It stresses the need to put these values into practice in combatting slavery which the media shows us is not a thing of the past but very much a contemporary phenomenon. In a world and society which encourages greed and consumerism it is important that we, Christians and Buddhists, witness to the ways in which our faiths respect and honour all sentient beings and offer a way of life that leads to personal well-being and service of others. In a world which grows ever more secular it is important for us to support one another in showing that religion has a positive contribution to make to the common good and the future development of our world.
As you celebrate Wesak I join my greetings and those of my colleagues the Bishops of Scotland with those of the Pontifical Council. May the celebration of this festival bring you and all Buddhists in Scotland every blessing in this coming year.
With all good wishes,
+ Mario Conti
Chair of the Committee for Inter Religious Dialogue of the Catholic Church in Scotland