Buddhism carries more than spiritualism

The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind lighting the lamp to inaugurate the “International Buddhist Conclave- 2018”, organised by the Ministry of Tourism in association with the State Governments of Maharashtra, Bihar & Uttar Pradesh, in New Delhi on August 23, 2018. The Minister of State for Tourism (I/C), Shri Alphons Kannanthanam, the Ambassador of Japan to India, Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu and the Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Smt. Rashmi Verma are also seen.

President of Ram Nath Kovind said that the voyage of Buddhism from India to Asia and the transcontinental links that were created, carried more than just spiritualism. He inaugurated the 6th international Buddhist conclave, organised by  the Ministry of Tourism, in New Delhi.

He said that they carried a rich cargo of knowledge and learning. They carried arts and crafts. They carried meditation techniques and even martial arts. Eventually, the many roads that the monks and nuns – those men and women of faith – carved out became among the earliest trade routes. In that sense, Buddhism was the basis for an early form of globalisation – and of inter-connectedness in our continent. It is these principles and values that must continue to guide us.

Stating that tourism is a multi-stakeholder enterprise, President said that the private sector and civil society have substantial roles. And in terms of providing a safe and secure visitor experience, he said that  state and municipal administrations play a critical part. President said that the business potential of tourism is immense. Across our world, this industry is a big job creator, especially for local households and local communities. In its essence, tourism, like Buddhism, is about people and empowering them to realise their potential, he added.

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