The Global Buddhist Summit 2023, organised by the International Buddhist Confederation and the Ministry of Culture, saw the participation of more than 700 delegates, around 175 of whom were from overseas representing 31 countries. The theme, “Responses to Contemporary Challenges: Philosophy to Praxis” generated informed and intense discussions.
The event was inaugurated by the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, and attended by several cabinet ministers, including the Minister of Culture and Tourism Shri G Kishan Reddy, the Minister of Law and Justice Shri Kiren Rijiju, MoS Culture Shri Arjun Meghwal and Smt Meenakshi Lekhi.
Participants comprising academicians, scholars, and Sangha leaders from around the world attended the two-day Global Buddhist Summit, which was divided into two parts: an academic session and a Sangha session. During the academic session, speakers emphasized the implementation of Dhamma into the field of science and technology to cope with present-day challenges. In contrast, the Sangha session focused on the teaching of Dhamma to benefit the contemporary world with compassion and harmony. Given the current global challenges, including pandemics and global warming, the Sangha sessions focused on an individual's duty towards the planet. The keynote speakers, Padma Shri Prof. Robert Thurman, and His Holiness Thich Tri Quang, along with many other session speakers, addressed significant global issues and generated policy recommendations for further implementation.
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