New Delhi, Dec 21
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday proposed the creation of a library of all traditional Buddhist literature and scriptures in India.
The Prime Minister made the announcement while addressing the 6th Indo-Japan Samvad Conference via video conferencing.
Thanking the Japan government for its constant support to the Samvad, which began five years ago with the initiative of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leading to series of conferences, Modi praised the forum for doing great work to ensure promote the ideas and ideals of Lord Buddha, especially among the youth.
Modi said this body of writing is a treasure of humankind as a whole.
"Today, I would like to propose the creation of a library of all such traditional Buddhist literature and scriptures," Modi announced.
The Prime Minister further said "we will be happy to create such a facility in India and will provide appropriate resources for it".
"The library will collect digital copies of all such Buddhist literature from different countries. It will aim to translate them, and make them freely available for all monks and scholars of Buddhism. The library will not only be a depository of literature.
"It will also be a platform for research and dialogue - a true 'SAMVAD' between human beings, between societies, and between man and nature. Its research mandate will also include examining how Buddha's message can guide our modern world against contemporary challenges. Challenges like poverty, racism, extremism, gender discrimination, climate change and many others," Modi said.
Noting his visit at Sarnath about three weeks ago, the Prime Minister said the place is famous because Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment.
Referring that this Jyoti Punj emerged from Sarnath spread across the world embracing the values of compassion, nobility and above all, the PM said it is most important to be a positive force in the lives of others.
He said that Samvad should be one that will spread this spirit of positivity, unity and compassion across our planet.
"That too at a time when we need it the most," said Modi, adding this is the first Samvad of a new decade as it is happening at a critical moment of human history.
The Prime Minister also talked about to change the paradigm for growth, saying "discussions on global growth cannot happen only between a few. The table must be bigger. The agenda must be broader. Growth patterns must follow a human-centric approach. And, be in harmony with our surroundings."