Global Buddhist Summit Commenced in New Delhi
News Desk, News Nation 360: Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the Global Buddhist Summit jointly organized by the Ministry of Culture and the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC). Addressing the inaugural session, he said that the teachings of Lord Buddha are the basis of solutions to the biggest challenges facing the world, including war, economic instability, terrorism and climate change. The Buddha, centuries ago provided a solution to war and unrest that the world is currently grappling with. The session was also addressed by Union Minister of Culture, G Kishan Reddy and Union Minister of Law Kiren Rijiju, while Ministers of State for Culture Arjun Ram Meghwal and Meenakshi Lekhi were also present on the occasion. The Prime Minister visited a photo exhibition and offered flowers to the Buddha statue. He offered monk's robes or ‘chivar daan’ to 19 eminent monks, including representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, South Korea, Australia and Mexico. Around 170 foreign delegates from countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Japan, South Korea and
Mexico are participating. Vietnam and Sri Lanka have sent the largest delegations to the Summit, which is themed ‘Responding to Contemporary Challenges: Philosophy to Praxis’. Minister of State for External Affairs, Meenakshi Lekhi stated that with the participation of eminent scholars, Sangha leaders and Dharma practitioners from all over the world, the summit will also trace India’s centuries-old cultural linkages with the countries in South, South-East and East Asia.
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Report : Anustup Kundu