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The Third World Buddhist Forum, held from April 25 to 27 at the Hong Kong Coliseum, is jointly organized by the Buddhist Association of China, the Hong Kong Buddhist Association and the China Religious Culture Communication Association.

It is the biggest international Buddhist conference held in Hong Kong.

More than 1,000 Buddhist monks, academicians, entrepreneurs, artists and politicians from more than 50 countries and regions will attend the event.

The theme of the Third World Buddhist forum is a continuation of the connotation "harmony" established in the previous forums. The forum will fully demonstrate the essence of Buddhism "actions and aspirations," and launch comprehensive dialogues and discussions on the role of Buddhism in the construction of a harmonious society and peaceful world.

With the theme of "Common Aspirations and Actions towards a Harmonious World," the forum introduces TV forums and Internet forums for the first time to attract more followers, especially young people. A theme song is also composed for the event.

During the two-day event, eminent monks, well-known scholars from home and abroad, including the Republic of Korea, Japan, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Australia, the United States and Europe, will participate in seven sub-forums and several TV forums, discussing how to propagate Dharma teachings and protect Buddhist scriptures, exchanging ideas on the development of Buddhist education and the promotion of Buddhist charity.

The 11th Panchen Lama, one of the two most senior living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism, will also attend the event.

The First World Buddhist Forum was held in the Chinese cities of Hangzhou and Zhoushan, both in Zhejiang Province, on April 13 to 16, 2006. Buddhist representatives of the Theravada, Mahayana and Tibetan traditions from all over the world gathered together for inspiration and discussion.

The Second World Buddhist Forum opened on March 28, 2009, in the eastern city of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, with more than 1, 700 eminent monks and scholars from around 50 countries and regions discussing how Buddhism can contribute to building a harmonious world.

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