03 August, 2021

Chakras Aligned?

India woos Buddhists at global congress, China stiffens up

Tribhuvan Tiwari
Chakras Aligned?

In The Buddh Circuit

India is now competing with China for influence in the Buddhist world


  • Wooed the Buddhist world by hosting a lavish World Buddhist Forum in ’06, attracting over 1,000 monks and experts from 37 countries and regions
  • Held an even larger gathering in 2009; plays the Tibet card at such gatherings by parading the Chinese-chosen Panchen Lama, underscoring the exclusion of the Dalai Lama
  • Extending largesse to Buddhist projects. China-linked organisation actively pushing $3 billion plan in Nepal to turn Buddha’s birthplace Lumbini into a pilgrimage hub.


  • Returned to Buddhist conference diplomacy after over 50 years by hosting the Global Buddhist Congregation 2011, 900 delegates from over 46 countries attend
  • Using exercise to build stronger bridges with East Asian, Southeast Asian Buddhist countries in China’s neighbourhood, who are already worried about an assertive...

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