President greets people on Buddha Purnima

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari Friday greeted people on the eve of Buddha Purnima, saying Lord Buddha’s teachings were of eternal significance.

The president said Lord Buddha taught the path of right action so that mankind may overcome its suffering.

“Lord Buddha’s teachings of non-violence, love and compassion are of eternal significance. We must strive to make these teachings part of our daily life and tread the path of nobility in thought, word and deed,” the president said.

“May this joyous festival of Buddha Purnima usher in peace and universal brotherhood across the world,” he added.

The vice president said Lord Buddha’s teachings of compassion, selfless service, right conduct and non-violence were still relevant.

“I convey my greetings and best wishes to all our citizens on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima, which marks the birthday of Gautam Buddha.

“On this important occasion, let us imbibe Buddha’s message and dedicate ourselves towards building a peaceful, compassionate and harmonious society,” he said.

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