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Dharma Saskriti Sangam

A Fifth Hindu-Buddhist Sammelan , Kashi – 2006

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“I alone am right”, “Our thought alone is correct”, “Our belief system is supreme”, “Annihilation of others is our God-entrusted duty”. Such intolerant, illogical and violent thought-patterns are dominating present world scenario and are threats to democracy, multi-cultural world community and human civilization.

Science and technology have advanced and spread. They have brought things of comforts as never before. Consumerism has spread. Materialism is gripping humanity. Our value system is at stake. Permissiveness has become dominant. Terrorism has become global.

“Struggle for existence”
“Survival of the fittest”
“Exploitation of nature”
“Struggle for individual rights”

seem to be the guiding principles of our present time. This has led to two world wars, unthought-of terrorism and de-humanizing lifestyle. The danger is awful.


Dhamma (Dharma) is the basis of cosmic and individual existence. Dhamma principles are universal and eternal. They are nature & life-friendly. Based on them, in different parts, in different countries there evolved diverse cultures. Each one of us has its own uniqueness. We also have quite a few similarities, e.g.

“No Struggle, but Harmony” – has been our common attitude. Serving those in need was natural.

“The fittest would ensure survival of others” – was an inbuilt feeling. One must appreciate that ‘Uniformity’ is neither desirable nor feasible. Diversity ensures richness and beauty. All need to supplement and complement one another.

“Nature was revered as Mother” – Man as Her child could ‘milk’ Mother Nature, but could never think of ‘exploiting’ Her.

“Duty Consciousness rather than Rights consciousness”. “One for All, All for One” has been our ethos. Everyone doing one’s own ‘DUTY’ implies fulfilment of one another’s rights.

Quite a few amongst us around the globe are under siege of aggressive and violent cultures. Here in Middle, Southeast and East Asia, we are quite a few sister-cultures receiving their vitality from Tao, Shinto, Confucius, Bauddha and Hindu (including all the native traditions of Bharat) ennobling life-values.

We have been attacked, enslaved and exploited during the last ten centuries. In the 20 th century, we became politically free. Now we have to get rid of mental shackles too.

We need to strengthen ourselves along our holistic values. We need to synchronise our energies. In this way we can be in a better position to contribute our mite unitedly for the fulfilment of ennobling future of mankind at large. We owe to do it.


All combined, we have a good portion of manpower; may be about 40% of global population. We have great intellectual treasure. This is evident in the fields of Information Technology and different scientific fields. We have abundant natural resources. We form a strong economic bloc. We have a better percentage of youth population. We have our own unique ethos which is basically friendly and hospitable with one another. We have deeper value systems. They are mostly inclusive, eco-friendly and holistic. For us, world is one family and not a market. We have a hoary ethos of moral and spiritual masters that beckons humanity to aspire for nobler and meaningful future.


Legacy of enslavement still lingers on. We are enamoured by the consumerist glamour of the West. Within each of our cultures, unfortunately, there are fissures. The efforts for mutual cultural interface, exchange and promotion have not yet been given their due priority. We are not conscious of our cultural potentialities.


Evolution implies involution . Man’s journey is from gross to subtle, to subtler, to subtlest, to Beyond and Immanent. We manifest this in different ways. Though diverse at surface/gross/outer level, oneness exists at the deepest/subtlest/innermost level.

This is not just some intellectual belief but based on invaluable sublime experiences termed by

various names, e.g., Nirvana, Moksha, Divine Light, Universal Spirit, Shunya etc.


We, the Dhamma-based cultures, are open to experiments in spirituality and science. Which of our cultures is older or latter, higher or lower, giver or taker, subtler or grosser does not matter. What is important is that in & through our religious traditions ennobling elevating life-spring of spirituality flows. We don’t enforce our views. This is going to be the norm of the future.

May our efforts for consolidation amongst ourselves lead to the integral holistic growth of humanity at large. This is our age-old aspiration. Our endeavours, separate and joint, will lead us to success. Purity of hearts and sincerity are our strongholds. United we stand. May we strive together.


A 2-day Hindu-Buddhist International Sammelan was held as ‘Dharma Saskriti Sangam’ in Kashi on 25-26 November 2006. An appeal was made to have mutual harmonious dialogue between all the sects-creeds and modes of worships. This would make the eternal spring of peace and harmony in the world once again strong. In all 338 delegates including 73 from 17 countries other than Bharat attended the Sangam. The delegates represented various categories of the communities like Dharmacharya, Sadhaks, Principals, Social workers, Educationist etc. A total 6 sessions were held including the inaugural and concluding sessions. The Sangam was inaugurated by Pujya Shankaracharya Swami Vasudevananda Maharaj. Shri Ashok Singhal was the main speaker. Dr. Shantilal Somayya presided over the inaugural session. The proceedings were anchored by Prof Kuldeep Agnihotri. Prof Rajasingh welcomed the delegates attending the Sangam.
A rhythmic recitation of invocation from Vedic, Jain, Mahayani, Thervadi, Shinto, Confucius and Gurubani was held by presenting an inspiring phenomenon of unity and harmony among various religions, creeds and sects at the beginning of the session. The students of school strengthened this further by presenting the glimpses of Lord Shankar, Shri Ram, Shri Krishna, Lord Buddha and Teerthankar Mahaveer.

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While inaugurating the Sangam, Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Jyotishpeeth called upon to halt the growing violence n the world. The harmony among all the Mat-Panthas is quite essential for this.

While speaking as the chief guest, Shri Ashok Singhal held the fundamentalist elements of Christianity and Islam responsible for spreading the violence in the world. Both of them are fighting for imposing their own stranglehold on the mankind. They neither consider any other religions or sects as equal to their own religion nor do they respect the other modes of worship in the world. Both of them are dictatorial and intolerant in nature. On the other side, both the Hinduism and Buddhism are spiritual in nature. The mutual unity amid both would show the path of peace and prosperity to the mankind.

While delivering his Presidential address Dr. Somayya said that Bharat has all along been respecting the ideological and religious diversity. The whole world could be guided on the path of liberation from violence by adopting the life view given to us by the religions and philosophies that have evolved in the holy land of Bharat.

Different International thinkers like Dr. Chirapat Prapand Vudya from Thailand, Dr. Thing Thig Log from Myanmar, Acharya Gese Navang Samten, Shri Ramkrishna Maharaj, Dr. K. Vimal Dhamma Thero, Bhante Mahajagat Mahasthavir also presented their thoughts in the Sangam.

Prominent personalities among who attended the valedictory function of the Sangam on 26 November included Jagadguru Shankaracharya Pujya Swami Jayendra Saraswati of Coimbattore, the Chief of RSS Shri. Sudarshan, BJP leader Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, Saha-Sarakaryavah Shri Suresh Soni, Shri Pashupati Shamsher Rana of Nepal, Dr. Sudham Saya of Indonesia, Swami Buddhacharan Das of Thailand and Jt. General Secretary of the VHP Shri Balakirshna Naik.

Pujya Swami Jayendra Saraswati said on the occasion that mankind could be saved only by protecting the Dharma. He further said that the Buddhism had spread in the world by going from Bharat only. It is an inalienable part of Bharatiya Parampara and culture Shri. Sudarshan told that the fight between demonic and divine powers is in its decisive phase. This Sammelan is the confluence of spiritualist forces. The demonic forces shall be defeated through such efforts only. In his Pravachan, Swami Dayanand said that prominence should be given to the ideas of mutual tolerance and non-violence today.

A Pradarshini also was organised on this occasion.


Nowadays the world is becoming increasingly materialistic, driven by a seemingly insatiable desire for power and possessions. Yet in this vain striving, we wander ever further from inner peace and mental happiness. There is some kind of vacuum within the human mind. What I think we lack is a proper sense of human spirituality.

Under such circumstances, religious traditions are very relevant these days. If religion was not of much value in our day to day life, I believe we would have a right to abandon it. But I still feel that religion actually provides us with tremendous benefit. All religions make the betterment of humanity their main concern. The great teachers of the past gave their religious teachings for the benefit of humanity. They did not mean to gain anything for themselves or to create more trouble or unrest in the world. Through their own examples they advocated contentment, tolerance, and unselfishly serving others. They lived saintly lives, not luxuriously like kings, but as simple human beings. While their inner strength was tremendous, the outer impression they gave was of contentment with a simple way of life.

No matter who we are or where we live, we all want happiness and dislike suffering. The Buddha recommended that in working to overcome suffering we should help others as much as we can. He further advised that if we cannot be of help we should at least be careful not to do anyone harm. An important part of Buddhist practice involves training our minds through meditation. But if our training in calming our minds and developing qualities like love, compassion, generosity and patience, is to be effective, we must put them into practice in our day to day life.

The key to overcoming suffering and ensuring happiness is inner peace. If we have that we can face difficulties with calmness and reason, while our inner happiness remains undisturbed. The teachings of love, kindness and tolerance, the conduct of non-violence, and especially the Buddhist theory that all things are relative are a source of that inner peace.

People have talked about justice, peace and harmony for centuries, but little is achieved simply by talk, change is achieved by action. The ultimate purpose of Buddhism is to serve and benefit humanity; therefore, I believe that what is important for Buddhists is the contribution we can make to human society according to our own ideas.

India is perhaps the one country whose civilization and culture have survived intact from their firstbeginnings. As a Tibetan, I have long regarded India with admiration and respect. When I was young, I thought of India as the holy land where the Buddha had lived and taught the Dharma. It was the location of the great monasteries and universities such as Nalanda and Vikramshila, institutions that welcomed students from far and wide. In the same spirit I offer my greetings to everyone attending the Dharma Sanskriti Sangam in Sarnath and my prayers that your meetings and discussions will be fruitful in contributing to greater peace and harmony in the world.

November 24, 2006

Hinduism and Buddhism

The entire world is passing through a phase of globalization in all fields including social, economic, spiritual or cultural. First (developed) World countries are trying to establish their supremacy in every field in the name of globalisation. They have achieved great success at least in the fields of economics and social, and now they are looking to distort and deform the cultures and religions of the developing countries through their globalisation policies. So that the originality, thinking, traditions of these developing countries should also follow the same lines as that of the developed countries. All the nations in the world are now awakened to forestall these attacks for saving and protecting their own cultures and religions from the distortions and deformations. The reflection of the same was seen in this International Conference of the Great Religions of Asia held at Modipuram on 21-22 November 1997.

It was not the first attempt in this direction. But the First Hindu and Buddhist International Conference was organised at Saranath in 1994 also, wherein the adherents of both Hinduism and Buddhism had taken a vow to unitedly ponder over this problem deeply and propagate the same in the entire world.

Hindu and Buddhist Dharmacharyas firmly believed that Hinduism and Buddhism are not exclusively separate from each other at any level at all. Because, the traditions of both are similar and Buddhism was born in Bharat. A time was there, when Buddhism had the patronage of the rulers in Bharat then and it was flourishing here. But due to some reasons or the other, it almost disappeared from here. The Vaidiks tried to assimilate Buddha by declaring him to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. But later on the Buddhism could not be properly propagated in the country of its birth. But it was found that Buddhism was nourished in several other countries. It is our foremost duty now to unitedly display our power and give a fitting reply to the assaults taking place on our Dharma and Culture on the international level, when we both brothers are facing the worst crisis for our very existence.

“World Buddhist Cultural Foundation” was founded some years back in Japan for the promotion and propagation of Buddhism in the world. Its main aim is to keep secure the cultural heritage of Hinduism and Buddhism in consonance with the ideals and thoughts of Lord Buddha. Bhante Gyan Jagat ji, the President of the Foundation and a leading entrepreneur of Bharat Shri Bhupendra Kumar Modi have been very active to actualise this aim of the Foundation. Shri Bhante tours extensively in Bharat and other foreign countries and delivers lectures on the co-ordination of Hinduism and Buddhism and enlightens the public about the commonalities in these religions. Contribution of Shri Bhante is great between dissemination of Buddhist philosophy among the people. On the other hand, Shri Bhupendra Kumar Modi has been organising Virat Sammelans in co-operation from other institutions like Council of Buddhist Organisation (Japan), World Buddhist Cultural Foundation (India), Hindu Heritage Pratishthan (Bharat), Modi Foundation (Bharat), Indian Cultural Study Association (Japan) etc. Details of the first ever such Sammelan are as follows:

Hindu-Buddhist Sammelan
First Sammelan, Sarnath – 1994

With a view to establish World Peace, the First three-day International Sammelan was held under the auspices of World Buddhist Cultural Foundation (India) on 19-21 March 1994 at Sarnath near Varanasi, where Lord Buddha had delivered his first enlightening lecture. Over 400 Dharmacharyas hailing from Bharat, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Tibet and Shri Lanka participated in the deliberations on the common elements in the Hinduism and Buddhism in this Sammelan. The important points of discussions were as follows:

01 .Karma (action) and Punarjanma (rebirth)
02 .Atma (soul) and Sadvivek (discrimination)
03.Moksha (liberation) and Nirvan (Salvation)
04.Brahma (totality) and Shoonya cypher)
05.Avatar (incarnation) and Lord Buddha .

RSS Chief Shri Sudarshan, Dr. Pravinbhai Togadia, Sadhwi Ritambhara and several Saint- Mahatmas participated in the Sammelan.

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Great religions of Asia

Second Hindu-Buddhist Sammelan, Quoto – 1996

A second 2-day Hindu-Buddhist International Sammelan was organised in the name of ‘Great religions of Asia’ in Quoto Japan on 5-6 November 1996. Main theme of the Sammelan was a comparative study of ‘Ideology and Practice of Hindu-Buddhist and Shinto Religions’. More than 100 Saints, Intellectuals and Buddhist Dharmacharyas from all over the world took part in the Sammelan, apart from many thinkers and Dharmacharyas of Japan. The attending thinkers emphasised the need of Ahimsa (non-violence) for the world in the today’s context.

Shri D. S. Ujida is the President of this foundation and 17th priest of Dikoji Temple in Japan, who promotes Buddhist philosophy in various cities of Japan through his foundation.

There are two religions in Japan, first Shinto and the other is Buddhism. Shinto is an original and ancient religion of Japan. The followers of Shinto religion are nature-worshipers, whereas the Buddhism reached Japan in 13th century. Although Shintoism and Buddhism are separate religions, the local people do not discriminate between them. The Japanese take their new born baby to Shinto temples and in case of death, perform the funeral rites in Buddhists temples. They follow the methods of Moksha (liberation) and mode of worship on the basis of Hindu Dharma; so much so, that they dispose of a dead body by cremating it.

The Japanese Dharmacharyas feel that both Bharat and Japan would emerge as a formidable religious power in Asia by developing mutual intimate religious ties. With their becoming Asian Power the danger of a world war would get mitigated to that extent.

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Third Hindu-Buddhist Sammelan, Modipuram – 1997

The third 2-day International Hindu-Buddhist Sammelan was held at Modipuram (Bharat) in the name of ‘The Great Religions of Asia’ on 21-22 November 1997. Discussions were held on ‘Truth — Principles and Practice’. More than 100 Saints and thinkers hailing from different countries of the world emphasised that Hinduism-Buddhism and other ancient religions should give greater stress on developing greater spirit of mutual goodwill amongst them.

The speciality of this Sammelan was that it was attended and addressed by-

Swami Jayendra Saraswati of Kanchi Kamakoti Peeth,
* Swami Divyanand Tirth of Bhanupura Shankaracharya Peeth,
* Swami Dayanand Saraswati of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam – Coimbattore, and
* Very important Saints from places like Haridwar and Mathura;
* Pujaniya Rajju Bhaiyya of the RSS,
* Shri Vishnu Hari Dalmia ji, VHP
* Shri Ashok Singhal ji, VHP
* Shri K G. Okamoto, Chief Priest of Gokokuki Temple,
* Secretary Taiko Kobayasi,
* Famous Buddhist Saint Johan Okayi of Shri Lanka etc
* Many representatives of the Shinto religion also attended the Sammelan .

Open discussions were held by rising above mutual differences and self-contradictions in this congregation of Sadhus – Saints of great Asian religions. The Dharmacharyas secured information about principles, cultures and modes of worships of other’s religions. As a result of co-existence and mutual recognitions, much mutual equality was found in these religions. They developed a sort of consensus about the need to come together in the present situation of the world on one platform internationally and maintain unity amongst themselves.

Pujya Johan Okayi stressed the need for unity between Hinduism and Buddhism. The Buddhists saint from Tibet Shri Rinpoche expressed his concern about the prominence of the imperialist policies in the world.

The President of “International Buddhist Cultural Foundation”, Bhante Gyan Jagat ji was of the opinion that the Islam believes in increasing its numbers by converting other people under the threat of sword. In support of his argument he cited several examples of places like Male and Indonesia.

Swami Jayendra Saraswati of Kanchi Kamakoti Peeth blessed both Hinduism and Buddhism to unitedly fight the dangers posing for their religions. He clarified that Hinduism and Buddhism might be different in respect of the tenets of their religions, but they are one on the basis of the principles and culture. He went to the extent of saying that the conversions should never be considered as conversions, since there is only a change in the modes of worship.

Swami Divyanand Tirth of Banupura Shankaracharya Peeth insisted that joining the hands by Hinduism and Buddhism is essential for ending the supremacy of America and western countries. He also said that if the followers of Hinduism and Buddhism in Japan, Bharat and other Asian countries come together on one platform then they may achieve a majority even in the world organisations like U.N.O.

It was an opinion of the Saints that the unity of Hinduism and Buddhism was imperative to safeguard the larger issue of existence in comparison to insignificant issues.

A special feature that emerged from this Sammelan was the deep concern over the issue of protecting the very existence of their respective religions from the storm of conversions. Islam and Christianity were directly held responsible for the growing proselytising tendencies in the world. It was the firm opinion of the Saints that both Hinduism and Buddhism are not in favour of conversions of any type. The instances of Hindus or Buddhists enticing the followers of each others to get converted to their respective religion are too negligible.

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Fourth Hindu-Buddhist Sammelan, Lumbini – 1999

A 3-day Fourth Hindu-Buddhist International Sammelan in the name of s‘The great religions of Asia’ was held on 19-21 November 1999 at Lumbini, which is the birth place of Bhagawan Buddha. The greatest speciality of Lumbini Sammelan was that the delegates of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism sat under one roof and discussed the issues with an open heart. 110 delegates from 20 countries of the world participated in the Sammelan.

Apart from the 4 Sammelans the Vishva Buddhist Sanskriti Pratishthan arranged two round-table conferences regarding Buddhism and Hinduism. The first conference was held in Scindia House, New Delhi on 30 March 1995 and second conference was convened in India International Centre on 05 February 1996. A delegation of 20 members from Japan under the leadership of Shri D. S. Uchida participated in this conference. Thinkers, priests, saints, ideologues belonging to both Hinduism and Buddhism in large number pondered over the points of equalities in Buddhism and Hinduism.

Only future could be able to determine how long and how far these efforts of ours would lead us in the direction of Hindu-Buddhist Unity. But the initiative taken for the mutual good-will has already become a point of debate on the international level.

The working president of world Buddhist culture foundation and the chief convener of this conference Dr. B K. Modi said that it was just a beginning and it should repeat again and again in future.

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The age-old Vedic and Shraman traditions originated and flourished in Bharat, are widely practiced. Both these faiths preach, propagate and follow the principles of Tolerance, Pluralism, Compassion, Non-violence and ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ – Universal brotherhood.

Maryada Purushottam Bhagwan Shri Rama, Karunavatar Tathagat Lord Buddha and Ahimsa Avatar Bhagwan Rishabhdev share the distinguished lineage of Ikshvaku-kul and are thus closely related brothers in Dharma.

We firmly reiterate that the acts of charity and help to the needy are basic duties of both these traditions.

We oppose conversion by any religious tradition using various methods of enticement.

On the historic occasion of the Prayag Raj Maha Kumbha Mela 2001, we jointly reaffirm our faith in the noble path of Peace and Non-violence, and pledge to act together in maintaining World Peace and face the challenges of this millennium.






H.H. Jagadguru Sankaracharya Jyotish Peethadhiswar Shri Vasudevanand Ji Saraswati, Badrinath

H.H. Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Ramabhadracharya, Chitrakoot

H.H. Mahamandaleshwar Swami Satyamitranand Ji, Haridwar

Ven. Swami Chidanand Saraswati (Muniji), Rishikesh

Ven. Tsona Rinpoche, Arunachal Pradesh

Shri Ashok Singhal, Vishva Hindu Parishad, Delhi

Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modi, World Buddhist Cultural Foundation, Delhi

Camp of World Buddhist Cultural Foundation
Maha Kumbh Mela, Prayagraj
January 25, 2001


 Shri Balkrishna U. Naik

In the context of the cause of coordination amongst the Dhamma-based cultures of the world, a four-member Hindu-Buddhist Joint Delegation had had a pilgrimage of Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal between May 07 and June 09, 2005, and that of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Myanmar, Indonesia and Sri Lanka between March 07 and June 09, 2006. The head of the delegation was Venerable Bhadant Gyana Jagat Mahathero, President, World Buddhist Cultural Foundation. Other members of the delegation were Ven. Swami Vigyananand and Shri Balkrishna U. Naik of Vishva Hindu Parishad and Dr. Sandeepraj Mahind of Jnana Prabodhini. The delegation interfaced with quite a few venerable monks and respected scholars of Buddhist, Tao, Confucius and Hindu traditions. The exchange of views, inputs and notes in the context of various challenges being faced was quite revealing.

A few responses received in every country are sampled here .
MYANMAR (Brahmadesh)

1. Ven.Kumarabhivansh (Vice-Chancellor of Theravada Buddhist Missionary University)

“If the respective Hindu and the Buddhist streams get their own acts together and firm up and simultaneously have a go at mutual harmonization and collaboration, they can make efficient contributions to the all round wellbeing of humanity.” -


1. Ven. Bhikkhu Buddhanand, President, World Buddhist Vihar, Dhaka

“Bharat is a land of spirituality. This is the main spiritual portal for us. It is but natural that this good effort for coordination should start from Bharat. We will extend our full cooperation to this noble work.” -


1 H.E. Liompo Jigme Thinleji, Home & Culture Minister of Bhutan, and Ven. Lamaji

“…There is much correspondence between the Mahayana stream and the Hindu stream. Our His Majesty the King sees the Hindu and the Buddhist streams as the two wings of the bird of peace. In terms of global demographic structure also, the coming together of the Hindus and the Buddhists would prove to be a great righteous force to reckon with.”

2. His Majesty the King of Bhutan, Sri Jigme Singhe Wangchuk

“…In the name of bigheartedness, we become passive and frozen and no longer remain effective. This needs to be amended…” -


1. Ven. Kalshing Lama, Chief of the Buddha Dharma Mahavihara

“…We got all leading Tibetan Buddhist Masters from the Nalanda tradition…The great Tantric Monk Guru Rinpoche Sri Padmasambhav came from Bharat only…”
2. Sardar Pritam Singh, President of Gurudwara Committee

“Tyranny, cruelty and injustice are sins, but accepting or stomaching them is a greater sin.” –

3. Ven. Kalshing Lama

“…If the Hindus and Buddhists come closer and move forward in partnership, they can become triumphant over the forces of terrorism.”


1. Ven. Buddhacharan Maharaj of Cultural Center at Chengmai

“…Technology has come to stay. We should utilize it to propagate the concept of Divinity of Man, importance of meditation and our cultural heritage including Astrology, Vaastu Shaastra…”.

2. Ven. Phra Rajaratnamoli (Vice-President of Mahachula Long Korn Raja Vidyalaya University & Colleagues)

“…Law of Karma, four Brahma Viharas are common. Hinduism & Buddhism are spiritual twins. They are storehouses of spirituality and loving kindness. Spiritual network has to come up…”. –

3. Ven. Miao Sen, Principal Bhikshuni, International Buddhist Progress Society

“…Problems are the same here, there, everywhere. Perseverance is needed to solve them. Distribute goodness. Sunlight comes, darkness vanishes. Sun gives without thinking about it. Let us follow.”


1. Ven. Phong Samaleuk, Director, Buddhist University, Wat Ongtue

“…Today is a special happy day to meet a monk from Varanasi. Vientine and Varanasi are far off, but Lao Buddhism and Indian Buddhism are not very far. I am happy to receive the sacred Mahabodhi leaf from Bodhgaya. Here we have a Bodhi tree, saplings of which had come from Sri Lanka.”

2. Ven. Achan Phra Xaly Khantasilo, HOD of Buddhist Studies and Vipassana Teacher

“I had been to India twice. Your coming here is like third journey to India. We are all children of Lord Buddha. Brahma Viharas is the main meeting point of Hinduism and Buddhism. If a person develops himself, he is more useful to the society. Wat Phou was created by an Indian”.


1 .Rev. Pham Tu, Director, Temple of Literature, Confucius University, Hanoi

“Confucianism is doctrine of ethical behaviour. Humility is the key principle. Our revered President Ho Chi Minh followed both Buddhism and Confucianism.”

2. Most Ven. Thich Thien Tam, Abbot of Pho Minh Pagoda, 2 Thien ho Duong, Ward 1, Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City

“…Hindus and Buddhists should unite together for solidarity and peace of the world. Ours is Dhamma friendship…”

3. Ven. M.V. Thich Giac Toan, Tinh Xa Trung Tam

“…Coordination endeavour be thought in four steps. First start Hindu-Buddhist unity in India, then spread to nearby countries, then have international activities and then involve other non-aggressive faiths. It is important that we get united globally. Peace loving kindness be disseminated…”


1. Ven. M.V. Poeah Ariyamuni Touch Sokudha, Dhammayutikanikaya

“…The disease of hunger is bigger than faith. Our poor brethren are putting off faith for money. We need financial assistance from friendly sources. Shila, Samadhi, Prajna are weapons for world peace. We should not create any classes – divisions in the society…”

2. Ven. Dr Veer Avalokita Sangha Thero, Sarvasthivada Buddhist Institute

A native of Canada, he has been devoting all his time and energy for the cause of Buddhism

“…In Capital Pnom Penh, unfortunately, there are only 90 Viharas as compared to 300 Churches. For the cause of protection of Dhamma, the Cambodian Buddhist society needs moral and economic support from friendly sources worldwide…”


1. Ven. Dr. Gunaratna Mahathero (earned Ph.D. from Delhi University in 1988)

“…Westernization is spreading in India. Protect Hinduism there. We would like to see India as a spiritual hub…”


1. Ven. Dr. Dhammananda Mahathero, Buddhist Mahavihara, Kula Lumpur

“In the West 50% Churches are empty. They bring money to our countries and convert poor people. We cannot separate Buddhism from Indian culture. In 1948 Pt. Nehru had said that whole world respects India because of Bhagwan Buddha. Hindu and Buddhist friendship is very healthy. We should strengthen ourselves separately and join hands…”

2. Ven. Dr. Thanji, President, Taoist Federation

“…This is a great day for us. I feel good that we Taoists are thinking together with Buddhists and Hindus. We are facing similar problems. Conversion is politically motivated, militarily strategised and unethical…”

3. Ven. Dr Dhammanand, President of Buddhist Mahavihara in “World Peace Meeting of all Religions” (16.4.2006)

“…Science without religion is blind and Religion without science is lame. Wars are created by human beings. Peace in human mind is essential. Because of ego, problems crop up. Take out religious labels, do good, lead respectable noble human life, then you are a religious person…”

4. Ven. Dr. Thanji, President, Taoist Federation

“…This is the first time in history that you from India have come to our Taoist Federation office. Taoism has a history of 4,703 years. Let’s do everything to protect ourselves. You have to guide and support us…”


1. DGDA of Buddha and DGDA of Hindu

“…The challenges of technology, liberalization and globalization have to be faced by us on the basis of spirituality. Hindus and Buddhists are spiritual twins, i.e., brothers in Dhamma…”

2. Rev. Wayan Budanaji, Vice-President, Parisada Hindu Dharma, Bali

“…Purity, unity, harmony are needed. In Bali, custom is stronger. Proper knowledge, education is needed. Unity amongst Hindus & Buddhists is needed.”

3. Dr Chandra Sectiawan, Secretary of the Supreme Council for Confucian Religion in Indonesia

“…We are worried about the conversion among Confucian brethren.”


1. Ven. M.V. Panditha Dr. Bellana Gnanawimala Thero, Mahanayake of Kotte

“… India alone can come forward and help in protecting Buddhism in different Southeast Asian countries…”

2. Ven. Nivitigala Sumitta Thero and other youthful Monks of Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University, Anuradhapura

“We are indebted to India. India should support small countries like us who have similar cultures. Western powers be restrained from getting upper hand in Southeast Asia. Education and Economic condition should be elevated.”

3. Ven. Vipassanacharya Satyanarayanji Goenka

“Let the Dhamma island Sri Lanka come forward to plant the flag of Dhamma everywhere.”

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