Buddha’s teachings are not relics of the past, but a compass for our future: VP
The Vice-President of India, Shri JagdeepDhankhar, on Wednesday, said that Buddha’s teachings are not relics of the past, but a compass for our future emphasising that Gautama Buddha’s message of peace, harmony, and coexistence stands stark against forces of hate and terror that threaten our world.
Reflecting on the Buddha’s timeless wisdom, VP stated that this offers a powerful, harmonious, wholesome, seamless path to peace not only for human beings but also for living beings. Highlighting the relevance of Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path in fostering inner peace and non-violence, Shri Dhankhar highlighted their capacity to guide individuals and nations towards inner peace, compassion, and non-violence.
Referring to the theme of 12th General Assembly – “ABCP – The Buddhist Voice of Global South”, Shri Dhankhar stated that the theme coincides with India’s growing leadership role, amplifying the voices of the Global South. “As evidenced by its G20 presidency, India is committed to representing the concerns of nations with three-quarters of the world’s population, he added.
Describing Bharat as a nation guided by the principles of Bhagwan Buddha, Shri Dhankhar echoed PM Modi’s statement where he said “we are proud to belong to a nation that has given the world ‘Buddha’ and not ‘Yuddha’ (war).”
Shri KirenRijiju, Union Minister, Government of India, Most Ven. D ChoijamtsDemberel, President, ABCP, Dr. KhySovanratana, Secretary of State (Deputy Minister), Royal Government of Cambodia, and delegates from various countries attended the event.