The World Buddhist Sangha Council was first convened by
The following, written by Ven. Walpola Rahula was approved unanimously.
Basic Points Unifying The Theravaada and the Mahaayaana
2. We take refuge in the
3. We do not believe that this world is created and ruled by a God.
4. Following the example of the Buddha, who is the embodiment of Great Compassion (mahaa-karu.naa) and Great Wisdom (mahaa- praj~naa), we consider that the purpose of life is to develop compassion for all living beings without discrimination and to work for their good, happiness, and peace; and to develop wisdom leading to the realization of Ultimate Truth.
5. We accept the Four Noble Truths, nameley Dukkha, the Arising of Dukkha, the Cessation of Dukkha, and the Path leading to the Cessation of Dukkha; and the universal law of cause and effect as taught in the pratiitya-samutpaada (Conditioned Genesis or Dependent Origination).
6. We understand, according to the teaching of the
7. We accept the Thirty-seven Qualities conducive to Enlightenment (bodhipak.sa-dharma)
as different aspects of the Path taught by the
8. There are three ways of attaining bodhi or Enlightenment,
according to the ability and capacity of each individual: namely as a disciple
(sraavaka), as a Pratyeka-Buddha and as a Samyak-sam-Buddha (perfectly
and Fully Enlightened
9. We admit that in different countries there are differences with regard to
the life of Buddhist monks, popular Buddhist beliefs and practices, rites and
ceremonies, customs and habits. These external forms and expressions should not be confused with the essential teachings of the