PM Modi, Prez Kovind say Gautam Buddha’s teachings needed for sustainable world

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed Dharma Chakra Diwas in a Virtual Event organised by the International Buddhist Confederation on July 04, 2020, at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports (Independent Charge) and Minority Affairs Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) Prahalad Singh Patel and other dignitaries were present. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the world is fighting extraordinary challenges and lasting solutions can come from the ideals of Lord Buddha. The teachings of Lord Buddha were relevant in the past, they are relevant in the present and they will remain relevant in the future.  PM Modi said bright young minds are finding solutions to global problems. India has one of the largest start-up eco-systems. PM Modi said is hopeful about the 21st century and this hope stems from the youth. If someone wants to see a great example of how hope, innovation and compassion can remove suffering, it is India’s start-up sector led by the youth. 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. For Lord Buddha, it was the removal of human suffering. We must rise to the occasion and do whatever we can to increase hope among people, PM Modi said. ’Friends, I am very hopeful about the 21st century. This hope comes from my young friends- our youth. If you want to see a great example of how hope, innovation and compassion can remove suffering, it is our Start-up sector. Bright young minds are finding solutions to global problems. India has one of the largest start-up ecosystems. I would urge my young friends to also stay connected with the thoughts of Lord Buddha. They will motivate and show the way ahead. At times, they will even calm you down or cheer you up. In fact, Lord Buddha’s teaching of – अप्प: दीपो भव – be your own guiding light is a wonderful management lesson. ’He urged the youth to stay connected with the thoughts of Lord Buddha as they will motivate and show the way ahead. His government wants to focus on connectivity to Buddhist sites. The Union Cabinet announced that Kushinagar airport will be an international airport to facilitate more and more pilgrims and tourists to visit Kushinagar where He breathed his last at the age of 80 in 400 BCE after preaching his teachings for several years. The eight-fold path of Lord Buddha shows the way towards the well-being of many societies and nations. He said, it highlights the importance of compassion and kindness and the teachings of Lord Buddha celebrate simplicity both in thought and action. He said, Buddhism teaches respect for people, poor, women, peace, and non-violence. He also said, the teachings of Buddhism are the means to a sustainable planet, PM Modi added. President Ram Nath Kovind said that as the pandemic ravages human lives and economies across the globe, the Buddha’s message serves like a beacon. Lord Buddha advised people to shun greed, hatred, violence, jealousy, and many other vices to find happiness. Contrast this message with the hankering of unrepentant mankind indulging in the same old violence and degradation of nature. We all know that the moment the virulence of Coronavirus slows down, we have a far more serious challenge of climate change before us, he added.

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