Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Buddha Jayanti celebrations organised by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC). A conglomerate of Buddhist institutions has come together to showcase the various facets of Buddhist traditions.
During his speech, PM Modi highlighted that India has never been an aggressor and that religious thoughts born in India have always been considerate of others. Indian religions are inclusive and tolerant, the PM said at the event in New Delhi.
PM Modi extended his greetings today on the occasion. "The teachings of Lord Buddha are extremely relevant in the 21st century. His was a life devoted to alleviating suffering and removing injustice from society. His compassion has endeared him to millions. Buddha Purnima greetings to everyone," he tweeted.
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In 2015, the prime minister had announced that Buddha Jayanti Day would be commemorated and celebrated as an annual event by the nation.
Accordingly, an organising committee was set up to oversee the celebrations under the chairpersonship of Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma with Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju as Co-chairperson.
Buddha Purnima is traditionally celebrated in majority of East Asia to commemorate the birth of Gautam Buddha, who later became the founder of Buddhism.
Ven Dr. Dhammapiya, Secretary General, International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), a global umbrella Buddhist body headquartered in New Delhi, is the convener of the organizing committee in India.