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PM Shri Narendra Modi to inaugurate first Global Buddhist Summit on 20th April

Newdelhi:17/4/23:Union Minister for Culture Tourism and DoNER Shri G.K Reddy addressed a press briefing on the upcoming first Global Buddhist Summit in New Delhi today.

Shri G.K Reddy informed that PM Shri Narendra Modi  will inaugurate first Global Buddhist Summit on 20th April in New Delhi. The Ministry of Culture in collaboration with its grantee body International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) will be hosting the Global Buddhist Summit (GBS) on 20-21 April at the Ashok Hotel.  He also said that central government is organising several events, commemorations under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and  Central government has decided that the first International Global Buddhist Summit will be organized in India.

Addressing the briefing he said that for the first time prominent  Buddhist monks from various countries will visit India and take part in the Summit. He also added that in the summit discussions will be held on how to deal with contemporary challenges, with the help of Buddhist Philosophy and thought. This global Summit will mark the significance and importance  of India in Buddhism, as Buddhism was born in India. He also said that the theme of the two- day Global Buddhist Summit is “Responses to Contemporary Challenges : Philosophy to Praxis”.

Sh G Kishan Reddy also informed that this global summit will also be a medium to enhance the cultural and diplomatic relationships with other countries. Union Minister disclosed that Delegates from almost 30 countries will participate in this summit and around 171 delegates from foreign countries and 150 delegates Indian Buddhist organizations.

Eminent scholars, Sangha leaders and Dharma practitioners from all over the world are attending the conference. There are 173 international participants comprising 84 Sangha member and 151 Indian delegates comprising 46 Sangha members, 40 nuns and 65 laity from outside Delhi. Nearly 200 persons from NCR region will also be participating in the conference including more than 30 Ambassadors from foreign Embassies.  The delegates will discuss today’s pressing global issues and look for answers in the Buddha Dhamma that is based on universal values.

The discussions will fall under the following four themes:

1. Buddha Dhamma and Peace

2. Buddha Dhamma: Environmental Crisis, Health and Sustainability

3. Preservation of Nalanda Buddhist Tradition

4. Buddha Dhamma Pilgrimage, Living heritage and Buddha Relics: a resilient foundation to India’s centuries-old cultural links to countries in South, Southeast and East Asia.

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