PM Modi proposes setting up of library of Buddhist literature in India – education

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday proposed setting up of a library in India committed to traditional Buddhist literature and scriptures, asserting that it would be a platform for research and dialogue.

Addressing the 6th Indo-Japan Samwad Convention via video conferencing, Modi lauded the forum for doing great work to raise the ideas and ideals of Lord Buddha, particularly some of the youth. “Today, I wish to suggest the creation of a library of all such traditional Buddhist literature and scriptures. We will be able to be happy to create any such facility in India and will supply appropriate resources for it,” he said.

The library will collect digital copies of all such Buddhist literature from different countries, it is going to aim to translate them, and lead them to freely to be had for all monks and scholars of Buddhism, he said.

The library will not only be a depository of literature, it is going to also be a platform for research and dialogue -’ a true ‘SAMWAD’ between human beings, between societies, and between man and nature, Modi said. “Its research mandate will also include examining how Buddha’s message can guide our contemporary world against modern challenges,” he said and cited challenges like poverty, racism, extremism, gender discrimination, climate change among others.

In his remarks at the convention, Modi famous that the light of Buddha’s message spread out from India to many parts of the world. “On the other hand, this light did not remain static. In each and every new place it reached, Buddhist thought continued to evolve further over the centuries. As a result of this, great treasures of Buddhist literature and philosophy will also be found in many different monasteries today, across many different countries and languages,” he said. This body of writing is a treasure of humankind as a whole, Modi said.

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