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2009-03-27 12:31:06 GMT2009-03-27 20:31:06 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

The performance of "Song of Auspiciousness" is staged at the Buddhist Palace in Lingshan Mountain in Wuxi, east China's Jiangsu Province, on March 29, 2009, marking the end of the first phase of the Second World Buddhist Forum (WBF). The second phase of the forum will take place in Taipei from March 31 to April 1. (Xinhua/Wu Xiaoling)

The model of a pagoda being built in the Famen Temple is shown at a press conference in Wuxi, east China's Jiangsu Province, on March 29, 2009. The Famen Temple in China's northwestern Shaanxi Province will finish building a pagoda in May to house a special relic, a fragment of Buddha's finger bone, and a grand ceremony would be held in May to mark the enshrinement of the sarira, or remains, according to the press conference.(Xinhua/Han Yuqing)

WUXI, Jiangsu Province, March 27 (Xinhua) -- The Second World Buddhist Forum will open on Saturday in Wuxi City of east China's Jiangsu Province.

The forum, which is scheduled to be held from March 28 to April 1, is expected to bring together more than 1,200 participants from about 50 countries and regions.

The Second World Buddhist Forum is jointly organized by the Buddhist Association of China, Buddha's Light International Association, the Hong Kong Buddhist Association and the China Religious Culture Communication Association. Participants to the forum will be transferred to Taipei by four charter flights on March 30.

The theme of the Second World Buddhist Forum is "A harmonious world, a synergy of conditions."

The participants will take part in 17 sub-forums and will discuss topics including charity, environmental protection, culture, music and education.

The first part of the forum will be held at the Lingshan Buddhist Palace in Wuxi.

In 2004, eight disciples from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan proposed the World Buddhist Forum in China, which won support from Buddhist circles in countries like Japan and the Republic of Korea.

The First World Buddhist Forum was held in April 2006 in the cities of Hangzhou and Zhoushan in the eastern Zhejiang Province. It ended with a declaration calling for world peace.

More than 1,000 Buddhists and scholars from 37 countries and regions attended the four-day forum with the theme of "A harmonious world begins in the mind."

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