Leopoldo Benites

The devout U Thant, like his Lord Buddha, discovered that the world is full of suffering. Like the Father, the son’s heart cried with humanity’s heart and suffered for humanity’s life.

Momentous are the words of Leopoldo Benites, the Ambassador of Ecuador to the United Nations: “It may well be that for U Thant, a Buddhist, the world was a painful illusion, as Prince Siddhartha Gautama discovered under the fig tree before he became the Buddha, and that a life of goodness, peace and justice led him to ultimate liberation.”