1st Global Buddhist Summit in India

Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi will open the inaugural Global Buddhist Summit on April 20 in New Delhi, according to Union Minister for Culture Tourism and DoNER  Shri G.K. Reddy. The International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), an organisation of the Ministry of Culture will organise the Global Buddhist Summit (GBS) at the Ashok Hotel on April 20–21, 2023.

Representation of Buddhist Monks going for the Buddhist Councils in the ancient India

In his briefing, he stated that for the first time, notable Buddhist monks from other nations will visit India and participate in the Summit. Additionally, he said that discussions during the summit will focus on using Buddhist philosophy and thought to address current issues. Given that Buddhism originated in India, this international summit will highlight the relevance and centrality of India in Buddhism. Additionally, he stated that “Responses to Contemporary Challenges: Philosophy to Praxis” will be the focus of the two-day Global Buddhist Summit.

Depiction of Buddhist Dhamma and peace

Sh G Kishan Reddy also informed that this global summit will also be a medium to enhance the cultural and diplomatic relationships with other countries. Union Minister disclosed that Delegates from almost 30 countries will participate in this summit and around 171 delegates from foreign countries and 150 delegates Indian Buddhist organizations.

Eminent scholars, Sangha leaders and Dharma practitioners from all over the world are attending the conference. There are 173 international participants comprising 84 Sangha member and 151 Indian delegates comprising 46 Sangha members, 40 nuns and 65 laity from outside Delhi. Nearly 200 persons from NCR region will also be participating in the conference including more than 30 Ambassadors from foreign Embassies.  The delegates will discuss today’s pressing global issues and look for answers in the Buddha Dhamma that is based on universal values.

India preserving the Nalanda Tradition

The discussions will fall under the following four themes:

  • Buddha Dhamma and Peace
  • Buddha Dhamma: Environmental Crisis, Health and Sustainability
  • Preservation of Nalanda Buddhist Tradition
  • Buddha Dhamma Pilgrimage, Living heritage and Buddha Relics: a resilient foundation to India’s centuries-old cultural links to countries in South, Southeast and East Asia.

Two keynote speeches will be delivered by His Holiness Thich Tri Quang, Supreme Patriarch of Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and Prof. Robert Thurman, for Sangha and academic sessions, respectively.

Religious practices with Indian roots are an integral aspect of “Ancient Dharma, the eternal way of life.” Buddha Dhamma made a tremendous impact on the rise of human civilization in ancient India. Its global dissemination caused a vast churning of knowledge and civilizations as well as the blossoming of several spiritual and philosophical traditions all over the world.

The discussions are anticipated to focus on how the Buddha Dhamma’s core principles might offer motivation and direction in modern settings that promote consumerism and technological developments while also coping with a destroyed earth and civilizations that are losing their sense of purpose quickly.

Religious practices with Indian roots are an integral aspect of “Ancient Dharma, the eternal way of life.” Buddha Dhamma made a tremendous impact on the rise of human civilization in ancient India. Its global dissemination caused a vast churning of knowledge and civilizations as well as the blossoming of several spiritual and philosophical traditions all over the world.

The discussions are anticipated to focus on how the Buddha Dhamma’s core principles might offer motivation and direction in modern settings that promote consumerism and technological developments while also coping with a destroyed earth and civilizations that are losing their sense of purpose quickly.

The Ministry of Culture recently hosted a successful international meeting of experts from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) nations on Shared Buddhist Heritage in order to re-establish trans-cultural links and look for similarities between Buddhist art of Central Asia, art styles, archaeological sites, and antiquity in various museums’ collections of the SCO countries. The meeting was organized by the IBC, a global Buddhist umbrella organization with its headquarters in New Delhi.

The GBS-2023 is a similar initiative that seeks to involve scholars and leaders of the global Buddhist dhamma in discussions about issues of Buddhist and universal concern in order to develop policy recommendations to solve them jointly.



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