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India to host a new international Buddhist body

India to host a new international Buddhist body

November 30, 2011 / 09:03 PM IST
New Delhi, Nov 30 (PTI) India, the place from where Lord Buddha spread his message almost three centuries back, will now host the headquarters of first of its kind international body that will serve as a common platform for Buddhists worldwide. To be called the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), the body will be a common ground where Buddhists from all traditions will be represented. The body will, among other things, act as a catalyst in helping preserve and promote Buddhist heritage across the world, particularly in India and Nepal -- the two most important countries associated with the history of Gautam Buddha. The global body comes as a result of a resolution adopted by the four-day Global Buddhist Congregation, that ended here today in the presence of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. The four-day congregation saw heads and representatives from Buddhist sanghas, national Buddhist federations, institutions and organisations from 46 countries gather under one roof to talk and discuss the pressing issues faced by the world and the solutions Buddhism can offer. It was perhaps the first time that representatives from all Buddhist traditions had gathered together on a common platform. The participating delegates felt the need to develop "a common platform that will project a united voice and develop a common response based on the collective wisdom of all Buddhist traditions," read the preamble of the resolution adopted yesterday by the congregation. The body will also give priority to reviving, developing and training Buddhist communities and sangha in India. PTI WAJ/ETB



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first published: Nov 30, 2011 08:36 pm
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