The International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India in collaboration with Gautam Buddha University organised the International Abhidhamma Divas celebration on 28th October 2023 at Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida on the full moon day of Sharada Purnima.
The Abhidhamma Divas marks the descent of the Buddha from the celestial domain of heaven to Sankassiya, presently known as Sankisa Basantapur, Farrukhabad district of Uttar Pradesh state of India. It is depicted in the Buddhist texts that after teaching Abhidhamma to the Devas and his mother as a witness, he descended here. The event is marked by two more celebrations, first, the Centenary year of Vipassana Acharya Dr Satya Narayan Goenka, and second the International Conference on ‘The Tenets of the Buddha Dhamma and Global Well-Being: Nature, Significance and Applicability’.