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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Buddhism and Globalization- International Buddhist Conclave 2018

Buddhism and Globalization- Buddhism travelled from India to Asia and the transcontinental links that were created carried more than just spiritualism. It carried a rich cargo of knowledge and learning. It carried arts and crafts as well. 
It spread meditation techniques and even martial arts. Eventually, the many roads that the monks and nuns – those men and women of faith – carved out became among the earliest trade routes. In that sense, Buddhism was the basis for an early form of globalization.

Buddhism binds the culture of India with that of countries in the region like Bhutan, china, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. About 500 million Buddhist worldwide, represent 7% of the world’s population, making Buddhist, the fourth largest community in the world. The Indian Missions abroad identified eminent Buddhist scholars/ monks / opinion makers for International Buddhist conclave 2018.

International Buddhist Conclave 2018- An introduction
The objective of the Buddhist conclave is to showcase and project Buddhist heritage in India. It also aims to boost tourism to Buddhist sites in the country.
It will help in cultivating friendly ties with countries and communities interested in Buddhism.
The Event Related facts
The conclave was organized by Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with state governments of Maharashtra, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Japan is partner country for IBC- 2018.
 It was held in New Delhi  and Ajanta (Maharashtra), followed by site visits to Rajgir, Nalanda and Bodhgaya (Bihar) and Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh).
 29 countries including ministerial level delegation from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka had also participated in the conclave.
This edition of conclave had religious and spiritual dimension, academic theme and diplomatic and business component.
What happens? - The events.
It refers to eight great places of Buddhist heritage (referred in pali as Atthamahathanani). These places relate to important events of the life of Buddha from the time of his birth, enlightenment, reaching Dhamma to suffering humanity, till he passed away (Mahaparinirvana) at the age of 80 years.
These are living heritage that continues to inspire millions of people to walk and find out peace, happiness, harmony and solace.
The role of the Indian government
 The ministry of tourism invited-senior leaders of various Buddhist sects, scholars, public leaders, journalists and international and domestic tour operators to Increase footfalls to the Buddhist circuit in the country from other parts of the world, and participants from countries having significant Buddhist population including the ASEAN region and Japan.

Buddhism- A philosophical path- The most precious gift that the Ancient India has given to the world is, the Buddha and his path, which is, the Eight-fold path, in pali language, Attangiko Maggo. Therefore, ‘Buddha path’ on the other hand refers to the extraordinary teaching of the Buddha which is called middle path which when practiced brings purity of mind and leads to peace, happiness and harmony within and in the society as well. 

Conclusion
India celebrates the extraordinary legacy of the Buddha and takes pride in it. The Buddha path provides quality of life based on values as moral principles, or other ideas, and guide our choices by right belief, connection to nature and place with spirituality, way of life, daily practices, good habits and inspiring traditional skills for mental growth, thereby, making it the loving heritage.
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