Ahmedabad: Buddhist spiritual leader
Dalai Lama, his successor Gyalwang Karmapa and as many as 500
lamas and more than 550 academicians and scholars will attend
a three day international conference on "Buddhist Heritage"
organised by Gujarat government on January 15-17 at M S
Also present will be a minister from Bhutan Lonopyo
Pashi Zimba, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Uttarakhand
Chief Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhariyal, Himachal Pradesh Chief
Minister P K Dhumal among others.
"For the first time in the country, such a mega
conference on Buddhism is being held where eminent scholars,
historians and spiritual leaders will be present," Gujarat
Tourism Minister Jaynarayan Vyas told media persons here.
According to him, more than 180 research papers
concerning history, philosophy and culture of Buddhism and
various aspects related to it will be presented in the
conference by scholars from 45 countries.
He said that Gujarat was among the regions where
Buddhism flourished since the days of Ashoka and Maurya
Empire and has a very rich heritage of Buddhist destinations
like Junagadh, Vadnagar, Talaja caves, Khambalida, Devnimori
where manastaries and other relics have been excavated.
Meanwhile, the cascade in which Buddha`s ashes were
found during excavation at Devni Mori site will be displayed
for the first time at the conference.