Intl. Buddhism seminar begins in Tipura

Agartala, Dec. 18 (ANI): Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Friday inaugurated a three-day international seminar on India’s North Eastern Region and Buddhist Heritage in Agartala.

Sri Lanka MP Athuraliya Rathana Thera and Nepal Cultural, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Ananda Prasad Pokharel were also present at the seminar that is aimed at reviving the role of heritage and cultural linkages.

The International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), in collaboration with the Shillong-based Asian Confluence and Tripura based Dhamma Dipa Foundation has organised this seminar.

Ministers, parliamentarians, heads of spiritual organisations, scholars, writers, policy-makers, diplomats, entrepreneurs and members of the civil society from various countries participated in the seminar.

Other than discuss and debate on reviving the role of heritage and cultural linkages for sub-regional cooperation amongst India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Nepal issues like India’s ‘act east policy’ was also in the agenda.

Beside this the issue of peace, connectivity, people-to-people relation, sustainable development, climate change and mitigation and what role Buddhism can play is addressing these issues were discussed.

Expressing his concern on the issue of climate change and the failure of the global community in finding a way out Srilanka MP Athuraliya Rathana Thera viewed that Buddhism can give a solution.

“Now, the time has come to find the solution and implement Buddhism to in the modern world suffering from turmoil and lot of problems. I think Buddhist value of simple way of living life, community based life style, compassion and kindness……we are not dependent on material things and want to find humanity and protect our environment. It is very important,” said Thera.

While Ananda Prasad Pokharel, Nepal’s Cultural, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister expressed that India, Nepal and the ASEAN nations can form a Buddhist circuit and come together in preserving the Buddhist sites and promote peace and harmony.

Meantime, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar stressed of better coordination and connectivity to gained further importance and revived hopes of ending the land-locked isolation of the Northeast region and opening the region to the larger South Asian arena.

He added that Buddhism which spreads the message of peace can play a vital role in bringing peace and development in the region.

In India, out of 121.09 crore population (2011 census), Buddhist population is 0.84 crore (0.7 percent of the total population) spread across 19 states.

Headquartered in New Delhi, the IBC is a global umbrella Buddhist body founded in 2012 with current memberships of over 320 Buddhist organisations of 39 countries. (ANI)

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