Ilyumzhinov congratulates Buddhists on Buddha Shakyamuni Birthday

I want to congratulate all Buddhists on the Birthday of Buddha Shakyamuni! According to the Buddhist tradition, on the fifteenth day of the fourth lunar month, we solemnly celebrate the Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. The landmarks of the spiritual path of the Buddha Shakyamuni are of great importance for followers of the Buddha’s teachings.

Buddha Shakyamuni came to our world to help us all to find happiness and eliminate the adversity. The famous Four Noble Truths revealed to him on the night of enlightenment are based on the principles of humanism and high morality, and today they unite all people who profess Buddhism.

Let us follow the Great Teacher’s example and do good deeds only. Let the candles and lanterns, embodying enlightenment and the last words of Gautama the Buddha: "Be a light unto yourself", be lit up everywhere.

Please accept my sincere wishes for health, success and prosperity. May love and compassion for all living beings always live in our hearts!

President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE)
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov