Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed on Monday the creation of a library in India dedicated to traditional Buddhist literature and scriptures, stating that it would be a platform for research and dialogue.
Addressing the 6th Indo-Japan Samwad Conference via video conference, Modi praised the forum for doing a great job in promoting the ideas and ideals of Lord Buddha, especially among young people. “Today, I would like to propose the creation of a library of all traditional Buddhist literature and scriptures. We would be delighted to create such a facility in India and provide the appropriate resources for it, ”he said.
The library will collect digital copies of all Buddhist literature from different countries, aim to translate them and make them available to all Buddhist monks and scholars, he said.
The library will not only be a repository of literature, it will also be a platform for research and dialogue, “a true ‘SAMWAD’ between human beings, between societies and between man and nature, Modi said. “His research mandate will also include examining how the Buddha’s message can guide our modern world against contemporary challenges,” he said, citing challenges such as poverty, racism, extremism, gender discrimination, climate change, among others. .
In his remarks at the conference, Modi noted that the light of the Buddha’s message spread from India to many parts of the world. “However, this light did not remain static. In each new place he arrived, Buddhist thought continued to evolve over the centuries. Because of this, great treasures of Buddhist literature and philosophy can be found in many different monasteries today, in many different countries and languages, ”he said. This body of writing is a treasure of humanity as a whole, Modi said.