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印度佛教遗址发展委员会主席阿文德·阿洛克Dr. Arvind Alok
  • 2018-10-29
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  Speech of Prof Dr Arvind Alok
Chairman :Buddhist Monuments Development Council, India.
Respected Sangha,Most Venerable Yan Jue,Vice President of the Buddhist Association of China,H. E Mr. Wang Zuoan ,President  of the China religious  cultural communication Association, Heads  of  the Buddhist  delegations  from different countries ,Other distinguished  delegates, Brothers and Sisters.
First of all I extend my warm Greetings  on behalf of the people of India and on my behalf to all of you on the occasion of  this auspicious  world  Buddhist  Forum.
I am sincerely  thankful  to the Buddhist Association of China for inviting  me to this  historic Buddhist  Forum in this beautiful  city  of China.
Undoubtedly  it is a matter of great pride for me to attend this great Buddhist  Conclave  for the reasons  that I am witnessing  this Buddhist Forum with a view to promoting  the ancient  buddhist  relations between the two great civilizations of the world, India and China.
Friends  , I feel privileged to let you know  that I am from Nalanda  ,the ancient  seat of Buddhist learning and Nalanda  has special  connection  with China. Our forefathers  had the honour to receive  scholars, Masters and students  from China  at Nalanda and I take this opportunity  to mention  the names of great Chinese  buddhist scholars  Most Venerable  Fa-Hien  and later  Most Venerable  XuangZang who not only  studied at Nalanda  but also because of his great knowledge  of Buddhism  he became  the Head of Nalanda Mahavihar and Later on translated the Buddhist teachings  into Chinese which enriched the Buddhist values  to the greatest extent .I   deeply  feel  honored to have this opportunity   to cement the ancient buddhist  ties between the two  great countries  India and China.
Most Venerables  and Friends I also acknowledge  my sincere  thanks to the people of the People 's Republic of China  for their  outstanding  support to make this Forum  and grand success.
Needless  to say the time has come when the relevance  of the Buddha  and His Teachings are so important  for peace and bliss in the world and in my opinion by organising the Buddhist  Forum like this  will greatly contribute to the promotion of human values in the light  of the Teachings of the Buddha. Buddhist teachings are for everyone  for practicing peace  ,compassion , brotherhood  ,nonviolence  and togetherness. The teachings of the Buddha  are for every section of the human society as they lay emphasis  on cultivation  of human values  which are the basis  for a peaceful  and blissful  world.
The Eight folds path  of the Buddha  is for the emancipation  from all evils and to establish a harmonious  human  society  where  all can enjoy  peace and prosperity  without  any discrimination. It is therefore  the time has come when the Buddhist leaders and Masters  should  play a very  practical  role to guide the people to the path of  liberation  from all the defilements and thus ensuring a sustainable human order in buddhist  perspective  .
Today  we find unrest and confrontations in many  parts of the world as a result,  the common  men and women are so disturbed and they are unable  to live a peaceful and happy life which is  not good for a blissful world.
Buddhism focus  on the purification  of mind, if we purify  our mind we will have a positive and powerful mind which will enable  us to cultivate wisdom  and by cultivation  of a compassionate mind  we can greatly contribute  to brotherhood  and  thus establish  a compassionate  society.
Now it is so enthusiastic  that around  the word, people  are following buddhist  values and many many counties  are   encouraging  the studies of buddhist philosophy as a major subject at academic institutions. As buddhist  education is the Base  for spreading buddhist values and buddhist  legacy in present environment. Undoubtedly  the countries of buddhist  background are playing  a vital role for the establishment   of Buddhist Universities for imparting buddhist  education in the world.It is not exaggeration  to say if we practice  Compassion we can easily  with our compassionate  mind contribute to the compassionate  society. As a follower of the legacy of Buddhism i am of the firm opinion that only through  the teachings of the Buddha we can have a peaceful ,prosperous  world of coexistence .All the problems that we face today Can be solved  through  buddhist  way of practicing.
I am very happy to share with you that in India most of the universities are imparting  buddhist education and buddhist studies is a subject to qualify for
the civil services  examination and therefore the young  people  are studying Buddhism . Thus contributing to the revival of Buddhism  in our country. Though the Buddhist population  in India not too much  but people are coming  back  again  to the Buddhist order  and thus now it is a guiding  force in the country
As the Chairman  of Buddhist Monuments Development Council   I call upon  all of you to help us in reviving  the strong  buddhist  legacy  of  India .Specially Chinese   Masters  and scholars can help a lot in the attainment of this objective.I also invite you  all to visit  the Buddhist sacred places of India which have the fragrances  of the footprints  of the Buddha and this way you we will also be able to promote  the Buddhist heritage  of India to a great extent.
At the same time  I wish to say that the Buddhist heritage  of china  is so well preserved as I have visited  some of the important  buddhist places and found them so well maintained. If India is the origin  of Buddhism, China  is the living land of Buddhism  and needless  to say Chinese  people  are playing  a vital role for the promotion of Buddhist  values  around the world. I sincerely thank the government  of China and the people of china for preserving the rich buddhist legacy  and I am sure more and more efforts  will be made in this regard.
I am sure with the  organisation of this magnitude of world Buddhist Forum, China will continue   to play  a very important role for the promotion of Buddhist values in the world.
Once again  I sincerely thank the Buddhist  Association of China  for inviting me to this great and auspicious buddhist Forum.
I am sure the presentations and deliberations at the Forum will contribute  greatly  to the right understanding of  Buddhist values .
May you all be blessed.
Bhavatu  Sabba  Mangalam.
Sadhu  Sadhu  Sadhu.
Prof Dr Arvind Alok
Chairman
Buddhist Monuments Development Council
Mentor
Heritage and  tourism
Ministry of Railways
Government of  India
New Delhi .India.
 

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