25 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

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


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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