STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: As part of Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Jammu in collaboration with Regional Centre, Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) celebrated Buddha Purnima -Prayer for world peace on Wednesday.The Programme schedule of the event started with a welcome address by Prof. Shohab Inayat Malik, HOD Buddhist Studies and Dean Faculty of Arts, University of Jammu.It was followed by prayer by a Buddhist scholar from Ladakh. Tashi Namgyal was live from Achina Gompa, Leh and he talked about Buddha’s twelve deeds composed by the great Buddhist Saint, scholar, and philosopher Nagarjuna.Distinguished speakers on this occasion, Chief Guest, Dr. Sachchdanand Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA talked about the important teachings of the Buddha i.e. Four Noble Truths, Eight Fold Path etc.He also said that Lovingness, Kindness and friendliness is very important during this COVID-19 pandemic.Prof. Manoj K. Dhar, Vice-chancellor, University of Jammu said we should help every person not based on his color, creed, religion and cast and Lord Buddha’s teaching is a reflection of such thoughts. He also emphasized collaborative programs with IGNCA on subjects of mutual interest.Dr. Virendra Bangroo, Director RC IGNCA, talked about the history of Buddhism in Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh . He gave an account of Buddhist heritage sites and their importance in the realm of art, architecture and culture.He also talked about the research being conducted by IGNCA in Buddhist art , culture and philosophy.A special event on this auspicious occasion was the screening of a documentary from IGNCA Archives: Sacred Echoes- Beneath the Bodhi tree. More than 60 participants were presented in this event throughout the India. A vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Rajesh Sharma, Lecturer, Deptt. of Buddhist Studies.
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