Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address the Global Buddhist Summit 2023, which aims to engage the global Buddhist leadership and scholars to collectively address pressing global issues. The summit will witness the participation of eminent scholars, Sangha leaders, and Dharma practitioners from all over the world.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Address Global Buddhist Summit: Highlights and Significance
On Thursday, April 20th, 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address the inaugural session of the Global Buddhist Summit, which is being held in collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation and hosted by the Ministry of Culture. The summit, which will take place over two days, is themed “Responses to Contemporary Challenges: Philosophy to Praxis.”
This summit aims to engage the global Buddhist leadership and scholars on the matters of Buddhist and universal concerns and collectively address them. The discussions will explore how the fundamental values of Buddha Dhamma can provide inspiration and guidance in contemporary settings. The summit is an effort towards finding policy inputs to address these concerns collectively.
Eminent Scholars, Sangha Leaders, and Dharma Practitioners Participating
The summit will witness the participation of eminent scholars, Sangha leaders, and Dharma practitioners from all over the world. They will discuss pressing global issues and look for answers in the Buddha Dhamma that is based on universal values. The PMO has highlighted that the discussions will be held under four themes:
Buddha Dhamma and Peace
The first theme will explore how the principles of Buddha Dhamma can be applied in today’s world to promote peace. Given the conflicts, violence, and wars taking place globally, this discussion is timely and relevant. Buddha Dhamma principles have always emphasized the need for non-violence, compassion, and love.
Buddha Dhamma: Environmental Crisis, Health and Sustainability
The second theme will focus on the environmental crisis, health, and sustainability. Today, environmental degradation and health concerns are of paramount importance. Climate change, global warming, air and water pollution, and pandemics have emerged as significant threats to humanity. The discussion under this theme will explore how the principles of Buddha Dhamma can guide us towards a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
Preservation of Nalanda Buddhist Tradition
The third theme will focus on the preservation of Nalanda Buddhist tradition. Nalanda was one of the most significant centers of learning in ancient India, where Buddhism flourished. The discussion will explore how we can preserve this tradition and promote Buddhist studies globally.
Buddha Dhamma Pilgrimage, Living Heritage and Buddha Relics: A Resilient Foundation to India’s Centuries-Old Cultural Links to Countries in South, South-East, and East Asia
The fourth and final theme will focus on the Buddha Dhamma pilgrimage, living heritage, and Buddha relics. This discussion will explore how we can preserve India’s cultural links to countries in South, South-East, and East Asia. Buddhism has spread to various parts of the world, and the discussion will focus on how the principles of Buddha Dhamma can promote peace and harmony among diverse cultures and communities.
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