Higher Education Minister S B Dissanayake said,”International Buddhist Conference 2012 will be held in Sri Lanka under the theme “New millennium challenges for Buddhism”. The conference will be held from February 17 to 19 at the Buddhasravaka Bhikshu University, Anuradhapura.
Over hundred Buddhist scholars from local and international Buddhist organizations will take part in the international conference, which is expected to be presenting over 100 research papers from different parts of the globe to discuss the progressive aspects of the Buddhist establishment in their respective countries. Besides, issues and challenges the Buddhist monks and lay Buddhists encounter at different levels will also be discussed.
In addition, the forum will draw its attention to several other goals such as to be inspected a meaningful mechanism to reform Buddhist education in Sri Lanka to be on a par with modern society, to share the different strategies adopted by different Buddhist traditions to upgrade and propagate the Buddhist establishment, to draft a coordinated plan to transmit the message of the Buddha to the ultra-modern society which is equipped with the state-of-the-art technology and people with a more updated mindset, to discuss the ways and means to re-introduce the age-old rapport between the Buddhist clergy and laity for a better and effective mechanism.
Minister Dissanayake said, “It is highly appreciated to set up such a forum to explore the possibilities of finding better resolutions to the multifarious challenges that the Buddhists are encountering today”.
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