First Global Buddhist Summit 2023

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First Global Buddhist Summit 2023

Recently the Global Buddhist Summit, 2023 has ended with the “New Delhi Declaration”.

  • The summit was organized by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation, Delhi.
  • The purpose of the conference was to bring together Buddhist scholars, leaders of confederations and Buddhists from around the world on a single platform to deliberate on matters of universal concern to Buddhism.

Key features of the New Delhi Declaration:

  • In the present global scenario, the scriptures, principles and philosophy of Buddhism are the best guiding tools to ensure dialogue, harmony and universal peace among different religious faiths.
  • Recognize the importance of Buddhist pilgrimage as a living heritage.
  • The summit underlined the growing role of Buddhism in India’s soft power strategy.
  • Significantly, under soft power strategy, using persuasion and attraction, changes in the behavior of others are brought about without competition or conflict.

Other Initiatives towards Buddhist Diplomacy:

  • The Prime Minister has been making Buddhism a regular part of his diplomatic visits and has also been emphasizing the shared Buddhist heritage.
  • The presence of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala has strengthened India’s image among the global Buddhist community.
  • India has hosted Buddhist pilgrims from South Korea.
  • Special Buddhist tourist circuits have been created crossing international boundaries.
  • Nalanda University has been renovated, etc.

Importance of promoting Buddhist diplomacy –

  • Buddhism has a presence in all Asian countries, and plays an important role in establishing national identity in the region.
  • The goals of “Neighbourhood First” and “Act East” policy can be achieved by establishing deeper ties with Asian countries on the basis of Buddhism.

Source – PIB

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