Monday, 6 April 2015

China re-discovers priceless value of Buddhism



From Lanka Web
by Senaka Weeraratna

"In as much as two global religions, Christianity and Islam, are given leadership today by powerful countries based in the West and Middle East respectively, the time has come for the oldest of the three global religions, namely Buddhism, to be backed by a powerhouse to dispel the widely circulated myth that it is a weak religion sustained by relatively weaker countries in Asia, despite Buddhism’s unmatched contributions to the sustaining of world peace, unqualified respect for the natural environment including reverence for the lives of all living beings and promotion of Ahimsa and non-violence as the basis of resolution of conflict.

No other country today fits the description of a powerhouse with a close association with Buddhism lasting for more than two millennia than China.  It has re-discovered the priceless value of Buddhism and the role it must play in the dissemination of Buddhism worldwide.

The 27th General Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) that was held in Baoji, Shaanxi Province, China from October  16 to 18, 2014, being the first occasion a WFB Conference was held in mainland China, was a clear indication of the new role that China has embarked upon. It was meant to send a strong message to the rest of the world that the China of the future will not only be a supplier of goods and services but also a source of enlightened thinking based on Buddhism..."  read it all

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