Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav today said teachings of Lord Buddha were very relevant in today”s world and suggested that his country should turn to them to achieve sustainable peace and a democratic constitution.
Addressing a three-day seminar on ”Buddhism Practice and Pluralistic Innovation” here today, the President said Nepal can draw a lot of good from the teachings of the founder of Buddhism.
“Lord Buddha”s teachings are relevant in today”s world and are useful in establishing sustainable peace and drafting a democratic constitution in Nepal,” Yadav said after inaugurating the international workshop attended by 50 delegates.
Nepal is the birth place of Lord Buddha and India is the birth place of Buddhism, and both the countries are linked by common religions and cultural ties, pointed out Yadav.
Indian Ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood underlined the need for Nepal and India to work together to develop Lumbini in Nepal and Kushinagar, Sarnath and Bodhgaya in India which are all related to the life of Buddha, for their joint promotion.
Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs Yogeshwor Verma, who is also the Deputy Director General of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) said Nepal and India are linked together by the rich cultural and religious heritage of Buddhist philosophy.
The philosophy of Buddhism, its practices in the past and relevance of Buddhist philosophy in the modern world will be discussed in the seminar that is being jointly organised by the Centre for Nepal and Asia Studies (CNAS) under Tribhuvan University and ICCR.
Speakers at the seminar agreed that the message of love, goodwill, peace and non-violence propounded by Lord Buddha was still relevant for peace in Nepal and the world.
Buddhist monks, scholars and researchers from Nepal, India, Thailand, South Korea, Myanmar, Japan, Sri Lanka and Bhutan are participating in the workshop-seminar.