May 22, 2024

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Buddhist ideals will remain relevant’: PM Modi advocates for ‘8-fold path of Lord Buddha’ on Guru Purnima

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  • Modi said that “today the world fights extra-ordinary challenges, and to these challenges, lasting solutions can come from the ideals of Lord Buddha”
  • President Ram Nath Kovind too said that “India is proud to be the land of the origin of the Dhamma”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday evoked Lord Buddha and Buddhist ideals on the occasion of Guru Purnima and said that the “eight-fold path of Lord Buddha shows the way towards the well-being of many societies and nations”.

PM Modi’s address to the Buddhist congregation comes a day after his visit to Leh-Ladakh, a densely-populated Buddhist region and one referring in the eye of the storm in wake of the Chinese incursion along the Line of Actual Control.

“I want to convey my greetings to all on the occasion of Ashadha Poornima today. It is also known as Guru Purnima. This is a day to remember our Gurus, who gave us knowledge. In that spirit, we pay homage to Lord Buddha, ”PM Modi said in his virtual address on Saturday.

His address to the community is also strategic in a way that the Chinese had flushed out the Buddhists from their land of Tibet and annexed that too with the Chinese mainland.

“The eight-fold path of Lord Buddha shows the way towards the well-being of many societies and nations. It highlights the importance of compassion and kindness. The teachings of Lord Buddha celebrate simplicity both in thought and action, ”the Prime Minister said.

Modi further said that “today the world fights extra-ordinary challenges, and to these challenges, lasting solutions can come from the ideals of Lord Buddha”. “They were relevant in the past.” They are relevant in the present. And, they will remain relevant in the future ”the Prime Minister said in his televised address to the nation.

“In his very first sermon in Sarnath, and his teachings after that, Lord Buddha spoke on two things – hope and purpose. He saw a strong link between them. From hope comes a spirit of purpose. The teachings of Buddhism are the means to a sustainable planet, ”Modi said.

He elaborated on the infrastructural aides for the community and said, “We want to focus on connectivity to Buddhist sites. A few days back the Indian cabinet announced that Kushinagar airport will be an international one. This will bring people, pilgrims and tourists. “

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