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Bihar hosts thee-day International Buddhist Conference
A thee-day international Buddhist conference that began at Rajgir in Nalanda district of Bihar on March 17 will conclude on March 19 with a valedictory address by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.

The conference's key objective, being attended by around 600 delegates from 32 countries is to deliberate on Buddhist perspective towards addressing or approaching issues such as ecological sustainability, social and economic justice, ethics and values, a holistic approach to education, inter-religious harmony and cooperation, gender equality, etc., stated a release.

On the second day of the conference, His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara near Rajgir to plant the sapling of the Bodhi Tree and inaugurate Nagajurna Faculty Building as well as Santarakshita Hostel.

His Holiness said that Dignaga and Dharmakriti's contribution is unforgettable for the world and the Buddhism was a science that had compatibility with quantum physics.

He praised India's rich tradition of inner wisdom and secular tradition. The Dalai Lama said that he himself respects all the religious of the world, for all of them preach truth.

The conference is being held on the theme of "Buddhism for Twenty First Century- Perspectives and Responses to Global Issues" with the following themes such as Conflict Avoidance and Peace Building: The Buddhist Response; Environment & Nature Conservation; Buddhism & Sciences; Women in Buddhism; Preservation of Nalanda Tradition; Ethics & Values; Secular Ethics & Interfaith Understanding.

Also, the conference the slots for discussions on Buddhism & Global; Buddhism in Multi-Cultural World; Preservation & Development of Buddhist Holy Sites & Heritage; Conservation of Buddhist Heritage sites; Divergence in Buddhism- Developing a Collective Wisdom; and similar other related topics on Buddhism.

The cultural programme during the conference had performances by renowned Kathak dancer Manisha Guliyani and sarod players brother duo Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, informed an official release.

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