Articles tagged under: Buddhism

Around 200 Dalits including victims and family members of Una flogging incident accept Buddhism

April 29, 2018
Around 200 Dalits including victims and family members of Una flogging incident accept Buddhism

Una: Around 200 people from Dalit community including the family members and victims of Una flogging case of July 2016 today accepted Buddhism on he occasion of Buddha Purnima in their native Samdhiyana village of Gir Somnath district in Gujarat. The conversion ceremony was conducted by 3 Buddhist monks amid tight security. One such person later said that they were happy after changing the religion. 'We are looked down upon as dalits, so we have taken this step,' he ...Read More

MS University to give Buddha relics to Sri Lanka on loan

April 07, 2018
MS University to give Buddha relics to Sri Lanka on loan

Vadodara: MS University syndicate meeting took decision to give Lord Buddha's ashes to Sri Lanka on loan. The decision was taken after union Culture ministry gave assurance for safety of ashes. Lord Buddha's ashes is proud possession with M S University's Department of Archaeology and Ancient History. In late 1950s, a team of archaeologists from MSU had guessed that a 'stupa' and a 'vihara' were lying beneath two mounds in Devni Mori, a village in North Gujarat that was going to be su...Read More

Dignitaries gather on the first day of ‘Bodhi Saptah’ at Mahatma Mandir

September 17, 2017
Dignitaries gather on the first day of ‘Bodhi Saptah’ at Mahatma Mandir

Ahmedabad: Gujarat provided an international platform to reassert the religion of peace and the teachings of Tathagat with the 2nd International Buddhist Conference on Sunday held at Mahatma Mandir on Sunday. Scheduled to be held till September 23rd at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, the first day of Bodhi Saptah, led by the Sangha Kaya Foundation, was graced by the presence of Shri Ramdas Athawale, Minister of Social Justice, Govt. of India, Bollywood actor Ravi Kishan, and His Excellency, Prince ...Read More

155 Dalits convert to Buddhism in North Gujarat

December 06, 2016
155 Dalits convert to Buddhism in North Gujarat

Palanpur:A s many as 155 Dalits converted to Buddhism at a function here today on the 60th death anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar, observed as 'Mahaparinirvan Divas' even as Banaskantha District Collector said the administration had not given permission for the conversion programme. Dalits, mostly from Banaskantha and a few from Kutch district, converted to Buddhism at Ramapir temple here at the program organised by Banaskantha District Dalit Sangathan. "The decision to embrace Buddhism was...Read More

Amit Shah to attend Buddhist event in Kanpur

October 13, 2016
Amit Shah to attend Buddhist event in Kanpur

Kanpur:BJP chief Amit Shah will attend a Buddhist event here tomorrow which will witness large presence of Dalits who have converted to Buddhism, seen as yet another attempt by the party to reach out to the community in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. Shah will attend the closing ceremony of the six-month long Dhamma Chetna Yatra at Palika Stadium and felicitate 110 monks at the event. Kanpur BJP president Surendra Maithani said the Yatra, which was held in Uttar Pradesh, will reach Kanpur tom...Read More

300 Dalits convert to Buddhism in Gujarat

October 12, 2016
300 Dalits convert to Buddhism in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: Over 200 people from the Dalit community from Gujarat converted to Buddhism in three separate events organised by Buddhist organisations here on the occasion of Vijaya Dashmi, organisers said today. Another 90 from the state converted to Buddhism in Nagpur, taking the total to over 300 Dalits. According to organisers, though conversions are carried out every year on Vijaya Dashmi, this year the numbers were high on account of the Una Dalit flogging incident. "As many as 140 D...Read More

China to demolish world’s largest Buddhist monastery: HRW

June 10, 2016

From K J M Varma Beijing: China plans to demolish a large part of one of the world's biggest Buddhist monasteries that would leave thousands homeless, Human Rights Watch said today as it appealed to the country to instead negotiate with the Buddhist community. Chinese authorities should suspend plans to demolish residences at the historic Academy of Larung Gar Buddhist monastery in Sichuan province and negotiate with the community's leadership, HRW said in a report released in New York. ...Read More

India-China joint film on Buddhist Monk ready for release

January 13, 2016

From K J M Varma Beijing A mega Sino-India historic biopic on the life and times of famous Chinese Buddhist Monk Xuan Zang who brought Buddhism from India to China is ready for release. The film, made with a USD 22-million budget, has been completed but its release may take some time after clearances by Chinese official bodies, Prasad Shetty, partner of Strategic Alliance, a Chinese firm promoting Indian films told PTI here today. Earlier, officials said it may be released next month ...Read More

2,000-year-old Ashoka Stupa restored, set to be unveiled in China

September 13, 2015

From K J M Varma Beijing A 2,000-year-old Stupa constructed by emperor Ashoka in China's Nangchen which fell into ruin has been restored and is set to be unveiled on Tuesday by spiritual head of Ladakh-based Drukpa Buddhism. Situated close to Tibet autonomous region, the renovated Stupa enshrined with precious Buddhist relics is a precious structure of the Budhha followers. It underwent a renovation and restoration process in the last a few years and would be inaugurated by Gyalwang Drukp...Read More

Government of India to develop Bodh Gaya as spiritual capital

September 05, 2015

Bodh Gaya Describing Bodh Gaya as the "land of enlightenment", Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government would develop the site as the spiritual capital for it to serve as a civilisational bond between India and the Buddhist world. "I recognise how Buddhists all over the world revere Bodh Gaya as a place of pilgrimage. We in India would like to develop Bodh Gaya so that it can become the spiritual capital and civilisational bond between India and the Buddhist world. "Th...Read More

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