A first-of-its-kind international conference on “Shared Buddhist Heritage” will be held on 14-15 March, with focus on India’s civilisational connect with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) nations at the Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
The event under India’s leadership of SCO will bring together Central Asian, East Asian, South Asian and Arab countries on a common platform to discuss “Shared Buddhist Heritage”.
The two-day programme is being organised by the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of External Affairs and the International Buddhist Confederation. A number of Indian scholars of Buddhism will also participate in the event. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour some of the historical sites of Delhi.
The aim of the conference is to re-establish trans-cultural links, and seek commonalities, between Buddhist art of Central Asia, art styles, archaeological sites and antiquity in various museums’ collections of the SCO countries.
One of the natural marvels in this world is the evolution and spread of ideas since times immemorial. Crossing effortlessly, formidable mountains, vast oceans and national boundaries; ideas that find a home in distant lands; getting enriched with the existing cultures. So is the uniqueness of Buddha’s appeal.
The conference is a unique meeting of the minds, where countries from different geographical regions but with a common thread connecting them will discuss for two days various themes, chalking out ways to continue the age-old bonds into the future.