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Int'l Buddhist Conference very successful- Nayake Thera

"The International Buddhist Conference - 2012 on the theme of "New millennium challenges for Buddhism" held at the Anuradhapura Buddhasravaka Bikshu University from February 17 to 19 has been a highly successful summit, said the Vice Chancellor of the Bikshu University Ven Prof Thumbulle Seelakkhandha Nayake Thera delivering an anusasana at the closing ceremony of the three day conference.

The International Buddhist Conference attended by 150 Buddhist clergy, lay scholars and intellectuals representing universities and international Buddhist organizations from 15 countries, such as the UK, USA, India, China, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, Austria,Nepal etc was inaugurated by Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne on February 17.

The Nayake Thera said the Buddhasravaka Bikshu University organized the conference to create an awareness among the national level scholars, Buddhist and non-Buddhist that Buddhism in every cultural context has many challenges. "Conferences which are exclusively aimed at understanding the challenges of Buddhism are not common. The BBC-IBC-2012 was also conducted commemorating the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi, Nayake Thera emphasized.

Professor Asanga Tilakaratne of the University of Colombo said that the monastic and lay young scholars are a great strength for the promotion of Buddhism at a important juncture as today concerning the millennium challenges for Buddhism.

He pointed out that in this context though the Anuradhapura Buddhasravaka Bikshu university was small in its physical resources, academic and non-academic staff and the number of Bikkhu students, the service rendering to the Buddhist world was immense and priceless. Dr (Mrs) Saswati Mutsuddy of the University of Calcutta, India also addressed the audience. A large number of members of the Maha Sangha including Atamasthanadhipathi Dr Pallegama Siriniwasa Nayaka Thera and Anuradhapura District Secretary Mahinda Seneviratne were also present at the closing up ceremony.

During the three day conference 21 sessions were conducted on subjects, such as, Buddhism and global issues, contemporary monastic issues, Buddhist Heritage, controversial issues of Buddhism, Buddhist Iconography Technology for Buddhism, woman and Buddhism, war, peace and Buddhism etc.

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