India-Japan Samvad Conference – A Proposal to Create Library of Buddhist Literature & Scriptures
By: Ashwathy Nair
- An opportunity to promote the ideas and ideals of Lord Buddha.
- Buddhist literature will be collected from different countries and will be translated.
- The library will serve as a platform for research and dialogue.
On Monday, the India-Japan SAMVAD conference was addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he proposed to create a library of traditional Buddhist literature and scriptures in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that “This is an opportunity to ensure the promotion of Lord Buddha’s ideas and ideals, especially among the youth. Historically, the light of the message by Buddha spread in many parts of the world from India. This light, however, did not remain constant. Buddhist thought continued to develop through the centuries in every new place is reached. Because of this, great treasures of Buddhist literature and philosophy can be found today in many different monasteries, in many different countries and languages.”
“This body of writing is a heritage of mankind as a whole. Today, I would like to propose the creation of a library of all such traditional Buddhist literature and scriptures. We will be happy to create such a facility in India and will provide it with appropriate resources.” He added.
PM Modi stated that digital copies of all such Buddhist literature from different countries will be collected by the library and it will be aiming towards translating them, and making them freely accessible to all Buddhist monks and scholars.
PM Modi stated that “The library will not only be a collection of literature but also a platform for research and discussion forum – a true ‘SAMVAD’ between human beings, societies, and between man & nature. Its research mandate will also be including examining how Buddha’s message can guide the modern world against contemporary challenges such as poverty, racism, climate change, gender discrimination, extremism etc.”
PM Modi is honoured to address the sixth India-Japan SAMVAD conference. He stated that “This series of conferences was started five years ago with PM Shinzo Abe. Since then, SAMVAD has toured from New Delhi to Tokyo, from Yangon to Ulaanbaatar. This journey has remained true to its fundamental objectives in order to encourage dialogue & debate; to highlight shared values of democracy, tolerance, humanism, Ahimsa and Freedom. Along with that, it is to carry forward the ancient tradition of spiritual and scholarly exchanges. A big Thanks to Japan’s Government for their constant support to SAMVAD.”