Over 400 spiritual leaders, erudite scholars and students from 30 countries including Sri Lanka, Burma, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh and Uganda – representing both the Sanskrit and Pali traditions – participated in a three-day international conference on Buddhism which concludes in Rajgir, Bihar on Sunday.
The conference “Buddhism in the 21st Century – perspectives and responses to Global Challenges and Crises” aimed at renewing contacts and discussing Buddhism’s perspectives and responses to global issues and was jointly organised by the Union Ministry of Culture and the Nav Nalanda Mahavira University, Bihar.
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama inaugurated the Conference on March 17.
Addressing the closing ceremony on March 19, President Pranab Mukherjee said that no part of the world today is free from the scourge of violence. He further said that the philosophy of Buddhism is as relevant today as ever, especially as the world grapples with complex problems that seem intractable.
The President also expressed happiness that the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara has published the entire Pali Tripitaka (texts or words of the Buddha) in 41 volumes in the Devanagari script.