Shakya Gasan Will Way the Groundwork for a Buddhist International University in Tripura

Shakya Gasan, the main monk of the World Buddhist Pope Association of Korea, will lay the foundation stone for the International Buddhist University in Manu Bankul, South Tripura,

Shakya Gasan Will Way the Groundwork for a Buddhist International University in Tripura
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Shakya Gasan, the main monk of the World Buddhist Pope Association of Korea, will lay the foundation stone for the International Buddhist University in Manu Bankul, South Tripura, on November 29, a senior monk announced on Sunday. The foundation stone laying ceremony will be attended by Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, local MLA Sankar Roy, and senior Thai Buddhist monk Dr Pornchai Pinyapoong.

"Dhamma Dipa International Buddhist University (DDIBU) would be India's first Buddhist university led by Buddhist monks and managed and overseen by Buddhists. This institution would be a model for the development and rehabilitation of Buddhist culture in Indian Buddhism "Dhammapiya, the founder and chairman of the Bahujan Hitaya Education Trust, stated (BHET). "His Holiness the Dalai Lama will not be physically participating in the programme, but he has sent his message for his spiritual participation," he stated.

Dhammapiya hopes that DDIBU will provide insight and depth of Buddhist perspective, a deeper understanding of the present world, and will also equip students and youth with information and skills to lead a healthy, happy, and satisfying life. Students from 31 different nations will be able to study and research Buddhist literature, culture, and tradition at the proposed university. There are additional plans to build medical, technical, and general degree colleges on campus. On September 26, the Tripura Assembly approved legislation to establish a Buddhist university in Manu Bankul, about 135 kilometres from the state capital.

(source : PTI)

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