The Dalai Lama inaugurated the three-day International Sangha Forum 2023 on Bridging Traditions, “Embracing Modernity: A Dialogue on the Buddha’s Teaching in Today’s World” on December 20 morning. Organised jointly by the Office of the Dalai Lama and the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), the forum will be held from December 20-22 at the International Convention Centre in Bodhgaya, Bihar.
Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu who was among the invitees to the forum said he felt privileged to be invited by the organisers of the International Sangha Forum to attend the historic meet of Buddhist scholars from all around the world. Hundreds of Buddhist leaders and monks have converged in Bodhgaya for the forum. The International Sangha Forum (ISF) is bringing together eminent Buddhist leaders and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in a gathering that transcends borders and traditions, the ISF said in an official release.
The event will also witness the coming together of practitioners of the Pali traditions of the Southeast and South Asian countries of India, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Indonesia, as well as those of the Sanskrit tradition from Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Russia, Mongolia and other parts of the world.
The ISF aims to foster dialogue on the intricate aspects of Vinaya rules and explore the evolving role of Buddhism in the 21st century, the release stated. The first three days at the event will see discussions among monks, nuns and Bhikkhu scholars, “engaging in discussions that delve into the profound teachings of Buddhism.”
Following the discussions, the forum’s culmination will feature a prayer gathering at the revered Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya on the last day. The ISF serves as a platform for harmonious exchange, fostering a shared understanding among participants. It also stresses the enduring relevance of Buddhist principles in today’s world.
Earlier, in December, about 5,000 monks and nuns from around the world, including India, gathered in Bodh Gaya for the 18th International Tipitaka Chanting Programme, from December 2 to 12.
The organisation works towards the revival of holy places associated with Bhagwan Buddha by bringing international monks and reciting the teachings in their original form. It is also an attempt to bring the Sangha together and organise Dhamma talks by eminent Buddhists, the release stated.
(with inputs from ANI)