20 January, 2021

Seeing In The Dark

Buddhism returns to its birthplace as urban Indians find in it an emotional anchor for their troubled lives

Dennis Landi
Seeing In The Dark
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Why Buddhism Is Catching On In The Land Of Its Birth

  • Appeals to the rational urban Indian fed up of organised religion and its rituals
  • Provides a moral and ethical framework suitable to modern times
  • It’s highly individualistic, not requiring you to bow down to any god
  • Makes you responsible for your own happiness
  • It provides a community and support system to fill a vacuum in city life

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Not perhaps since Buddhism's heyday, some 2,200 years ago, did such a power crowd gather to pay their tribute to Gautama Buddha in the land of his birth. Among the 6,000 of India's well-heeled and well-connected who assembled at the opening of the country's grandest monument in recent times to the Buddha—the Rs 100-crore Global Vipassana Pagoda, "the largest dome in the world"—in Mumbai's Gorai island last Sunday were the President, a governor, several central and state ministers, an industrialist, a media baron and the...
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