Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar Inaugurates 12th General Assembly of the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar Inaugurates 12th General Assembly of the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace

During the inauguration of the 12th General Assembly of the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace in New Delhi, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar highlighted the global challenges of climate change, conflict, terrorism, and poverty. Emphasizing the need for a collective approach, he expressed that these universal issues could be effectively addressed through common resolve and collaboration.

Vice President Dhankhar underscored the timeless wisdom of Buddha and the relevance of his Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path in guiding individuals and nations toward inner peace, compassion, and non-violence. He described these teachings as a transformative roadmap particularly suited to navigate the conflicts faced by contemporary societies.

Asserting that violence does not foster unity and peace does not lead to divisions, the Vice President pointed to Buddhist Stupas across the continent as silent testaments to Buddha’s enduring wisdom. He viewed the principles of Bhagwan Buddha as a beacon of hope and light capable of catalyzing convergence among all stakeholders on a common platform. In a world yearning for harmony, Dhankhar proclaimed that Buddha’s light shines brightest.

Encouraging everyone to embrace Buddha’s teachings, the Vice President envisioned a future characterized by prevailing peace. He commended platforms such as the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace (ABCP) for their role in shaping a common future and fostering positive discourse. Dhankhar expressed appreciation for ABCP’s commitment to promoting mutual understanding and cooperation between nations and societies, stating that India, being the birthplace of Buddhism, holds a special connection to Bhagwan Buddha’s teachings.

Highlighting the birth and spread of Buddhism from India to different parts of the world, Vice President Dhankhar portrayed Buddha’s teachings as the guiding compass of the future. He noted that these teachings inspire India’s service-driven governance, emphasizing citizen welfare and inclusivity, extending from farmers and the vulnerable to individuals with disabilities (Divyangjans). Dhankhar also highlighted India’s commitment to environmental sustainability, guided by the interconnectedness of all life and advocacy for a greener future.

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, in his address, echoed the significance of Lord Buddha’s universal message in the modern world. He emphasized the multicultural nature of Buddhism in Asia, encompassing diverse aspects such as customs, traditions, art, architecture, music, literature, lifestyle, philosophy, food, politics, and religion. Rijiju acknowledged Buddhism as a critical factor binding nations in Asia together, providing a way of life, and serving as a strong, trusted, and reliable philosophy throughout history.