Posted on: September 26, 2021 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

On September 14, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) announced that the country was planning to host the first Global Buddhist Conference (GBC), and shared the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will present the award for the promotion of Buddhist studies after the conference.

The event is scheduled to be held on November 19 and 20 at the campus of Nava Nalanda Mahavihara University in Nalanda, in the northern state of Bihar.

Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, president of ICCR said: “The Council of Cultural Relations of India has been planning to carry out the first edition of the International Buddhist Conference in September 2021 with the theme Buddhism in Literature. Buddhism in Literature) in collaboration with Nava Nalanda Mahavihara University and the International Buddhist Federation (IBC).

ICCR Chairman Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and General Director Dinesh K. Patnaik (right)

During the preparation for this major event, four regional conferences in India (Dharamsala, Gangtok, Sarnath and Telangana) and abroad (Japan, Korea, Thailand and Cambodia) will be held. prior to. The papers from these regional forums will then be presented at the global conference.

Mr. Sahasrabuddhe added: “Buddhism is an important factor in shaping Indian thought. Therefore, India’s primacy over Buddhist thought and Buddhism’s superiority over Indian thought. Degrees are being noticed and emphasized through academic methods.”

ICCR is an autonomous organization under the central government, focusing on international cultural relations through cultural exchange. This organization carries out cultural diplomacy by organizing festivals, conferences and supporting a number of cultural organizations.

Mr. Dinesh K. Patnai, director general of ICCR further explained: “This is an academic conference. All the activities were carried out with the sole purpose of making India the center of Buddhism. The Buddhist center here is not a tourist but a center of Buddhist activities, such as academics, culture, seminars.

Nava Nalanda Mahavihara University, which is expected to host the first Global Buddhist Conference (GBC) in India

Nava Nalanda Mahavihara University, which is expected to host the first Global Buddhist Conference (GBC) in India

In addition, ICCR also announced that on November 21, the Prime Minister will award the “Promoting Buddhist Studies” award in New Delhi. This award is part of the Government’s intention to promote India’s Buddhist heritage and recognize the contributions of foreign scholars, individuals and organizations in promoting Buddhist studies worldwide. .

Mr. Sahasrabuddhe said: “The prize will include a cash prize of US$20,000, a medal and a gilded medal. If there is more than one recipient, the amount will be divided equally among the number of people. that person”.

“Reputable scholars from renowned universities, Buddhist institutes in India and abroad will participate in the Global Buddhist Conference. More than 150 IBC delegates will also attend the opening ceremony of the event, which is scheduled to be held on November 19,” added Sahasrabuddhe.

The Global Buddhist Conference will be part of the celebration of the 70th founding anniversary of Nava Nalanda Mahavihara University. This school was established in 1951 under Indian President Rajendra Prasad to revive ancient Buddhism in Nalanda.


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