Hindu-Buddhist joint delegation to visit 21 countries
A pilgrimage through ancient traditions
The whole world is passing through a critical phase. Destructive forces are expanding their network. Intolerance is growing and terrorism is showing its ugliest face. The consumerist and materialistic western thoughts, like struggle for existence, survival of the fittest, exploitation of nature and struggle for individual rights, are gripping the people world over and, hence, people are facing the dire consequences of these thoughts. At this juncture the veterans of ancient cultural traditions are feeling the need to save the world from destruction. Keeping this in view, a Hindu-Buddhist joint delegation from World Buddhist Cultural Foundation, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Jnana Prabodhini and Arogya Niketan under the leadership of Bhadant Gnana Jagat Mahathero, has planed to visit 21 countries of the world to accomplish coordination amongst ancient traditions of the world.
The first phase of the delegation comprised of Shri Bhadant Gnana Jagat Theor (president, World Buddhist Cultural Foundation), Swami Vigyananada (scholar of Vedic, Buddhist and Indian philosophies), Shri B.U. Naik (Joint General Secretary of VHP) and Dr S.M. Mahind (a dedicated worker of Jnana Prabodhini). The delegation visited Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal from May 7 to June 9. During the tour the members of the delegation met the spiritual and social leaders of the concerned countries and exchanged views on different issues concerning the world today. The delegation was in Myanmar from May 8 to 18 and in Bangladesh from May 19 to 23. The religious leaders of India were in Bhutan from May 25 to May 29 and in Nepal from May 30 to June 9.
In the second phase the delegation is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. The third phase will cover Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, China, Mongolia, South Korea, North Korea and Japan. (FOC)