International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), in collaboration with Light Of Buddhadharma Foundation International (LBDFI), Organizes Symposium on the “Revival of Buddha Dhamma in the Land of Origin” at National Museum, New Delhi on November 16, 2023. This symposium marks the beginning of a major chanting event at Bodh Gaya from 2nd to 12th December 2023, which would witness the participation of over 5,000 monks and nuns, including participants from India. The 18th International Tipitaka Chanting Programme in Bodhgaya brings together monks from a number of Buddhist nations who converge in Bodh Gaya for this special event each year.
Initiating this spiritual journey, Dr. Wangmo Dixey, Executive Director of LBDFI, declared, "Today marks an auspicious beginning as we initiate our Dharma Training Wheel program with 45 monastics from various countries." Commencing in Delhi, the capital of Buddhism's homeland, the pilgrimage progresses to Bodhgaya for Tipitaka chanting, culminating in a transformative Peace Walk in the Jethian Valley.
Dr. Dixey highlighted LBDFI's 18-year commitment to organizing pilgrimages globally, aiming to restore the Buddha Sasana in India—the cultural essence established by Lord Buddha and preserved through the ages by the Sangha of Venerable Monks. The organization seeks to revitalize sacred places by bringing international monks to recite the teachings in their original form and organizing insightful Dhamma talks.
In addition to pilgrimages, LBDFI is actively involved in reviving Buddhist circuit tours and promoting lesser-known sites in Orissa, Assam, and Bihar. Dr. Dixey expressed interest in collaborating with state governments to create fragrant plant gardens, as mentioned in the ancient Pali canons, enhancing the sensory and spiritual experience of these revered spaces.
Dr. Anirban Dash, Director of the National Mission for Manuscripts at IGNCA, stressed the need for scholars to map Buddhist Acharyas globally, connecting them to literature, archaeological sites, and regions pivotal for spreading the Dhamma. He emphasized translating ancient inscriptions for wider dissemination.
Mr. Abhijit Halder, Director General of IBC, observed a profound resurgence of Buddhism—a cultural and spiritual awakening that transcends time. He highlighted IBC and LBDFI's collaboration in celebrating Buddha Purnima at the Indian embassy in Washington and the White House.
Shri. S.K. Misra, Chairman of ITRHD, shared the establishment of an academy for the management and conservation of Buddhist Heritage in rural areas, focusing on developing lesser-known sites, fostering awareness, and encouraging maintenance.
Ven. Shartse Khensur Jangchup Choeden Rinpoche, Deputy Secretary-General of IBC, emphasized the enduring relevance of Buddhist thought in times of strife. This symposium stands as a powerful testament to the resounding revival of Buddha Dhamma in its revered land of origin.