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August 27, 2018

India Ministry of Tourism organizes “International Buddhist Conclave 2018”

Buddha, Ajanta

Photo: The delegates of the International Buddhist Conclave- 2018 visiting the Ajanta Caves, in Maharashtra on August 24, 2018.

Buddha, Sarnath

Photo: The delegates of the International Buddhist Conclave - 2018 visiting the Sarnath Stupa, at Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh on August 26, 2018.

India’s Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the State Governments of Maharashtra, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh, is organizing a 4-day International Buddhist Conclave from 23rd - 26th August, 2018 at New Delhi and Ajanta (Maharashtra), followed by site visits to Rajgir, Nalanda and Bodhgaya (Bihar) and Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh).

From 24th - 26th August 2018, delegates would be taken for site visits to Aurangabad, Rajgir, Nalanda, Bodhgaya, and Sarnath.

The delegates from the following 29 countries are participating in the International Buddhist Conclave: - Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Norway, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA and Vietnam.

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, who inaugurated the gathering, said that tourism is a multi-stakeholder enterprise. “The private sector and civil society have substantial roles. The state and municipal administrations play a critical part in providing a safe and secure visitor experience. The business potential of tourism is immense. Across our world, this industry is a big job creator, especially for local households and local communities. In its essence, tourism, like Buddhism, is about people and empowering them to realize their potential,” the President added.

According to the India Ministry of Tourism, “There are nearly 500 million Buddhists all over the World, and the majority of them live in East Asia, South East Asia, and Far East countries. However, a tiny percentage of them visit the Buddhist sites in India each year. So the potential of encouraging more tourists to visit the Buddhist destinations where Lord Buddha lived and preached is immense.”

“One of the most precious gifts that Ancient India has given to the World is, the Buddha and his Path, which is, the Eight-fold Path, in the Pali language, Aá¹­á¹­hangiko Maggo. Therefore, ‘Buddha Path’ on the one hand, refers to the extraordinary Teachings of the Buddha which is also called the Middle Path which when practiced brings the purity of mind and leads to Peace, Happiness, and Harmony within and even in the Society as well. The Buddha Path provides quality of life based on Values as moral principles, or other ideas that guide our choices; Right beliefs, 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 Living Heritage,” the Ministry of Tourism explained.

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