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Buddha's path helpful in making us better citizens and our land better place to live in: President
Addressing the closing ceremony of an International Conference on "Buddhism in the 21st Century - perspectives and responses to Global Challenges and Crises" at Rajgir of Nalanda district in Bihar on March 19, President of India, Pranab Mukherjee urged the gathering to redouble efforts to promote the simple Truths and the Path of the Buddha that showed we could be better citizens and contribute to making our land a better place to live in.

He showed concern on the fact that no part of the world today is free from the scourge of violence. This crisis is all pervasive. The basic question being raised today is how to stop this wanton destruction and come back to sanity.

He said that the philosophy of Buddhism is as relevant today as ever - especially as the world grapples with complex problems that seem intractable. Buddhism has had a deep influence on human civilization.

He was of the view that all could easily connect with the 'supreme ideals of humanity, forbearance, discipline and compassion' to 'address the skepticism and cynicism that ails modern societies', as stated in an official release.

Congratulating the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara University for opening the first ever Department of Buddhist Sciences, President Mukherjee stated that this would encourage the texts to be further dispersed to Universities in all parts of the world and would go a long way in popularizing the tenets of Buddhism.

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