Ilyumzhinov congratulates Buddhists on the birthday of Buddha Shakyamuni

I would like to congratulate all Buddhist believers on the birthday of Buddha Shakyamuni! It was on this sacred day, in 623 BC, that the Buddha was born. And today we not only rejoice at the wonderful deeds of the great Teacher, but also try to follow his example by doing good deeds.

Buddha Shakyamuni came to our world to help us all to find happiness and get rid of adversity. On the same day, he attained Enlightenment and went to Parinirvana at the age of 80.

It is no coincidence that in December 1999 the UN General Assembly recognized Vesak Day (the full moon in May, Buddha's birthday) at the international level for the contribution of Buddhism – one of the oldest world religions – to the spiritual development of mankind.
Please accept my sincere wishes for health, success and prosperity. Let love and compassion for all living beings always live in our hearts!

President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE)
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov