30 October, 2020

Chakras Aligned?

India woos Buddhists at global congress, China stiffens up

Tribhuvan Tiwari
Chakras Aligned?
outlookindia.com
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In The Buddh Circuit

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

China

  • 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.

India

  • 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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