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City to host Buddhist conclave

Patna, Dec. 1: The capital will from January 7 host a three-day World Buddhist Conference, which had so far been a feature either in Bodhgaya or Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh).

The conclave would be held at the newly built Buddha Memorial Park. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting presided over by chief minister Nitish Kumar at his 1 Aney Marg residence today.

Art, culture and youth affairs department secretary Chanchal Kumar apprised the chief minister about the procedures and schedules to be adopted at such an event.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, several delegates from the Buddhist community and dignitaries from China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand are expected to take part in the three-day event.

A communiqué issued by the chief minister’s office said the conference would be inaugurated on January 5. Academic sessions as part of the conclave will be held on on January 7 and 8. Apart from the inaugural and academic session, the event will have a seminar on “Role of Buddhist Sangh in 21st century”.

Nitish said the event would draw visitors from various parts of the globe and play an important part in promoting art and culture and tourism. He instructed officials concerned to make adequate arrangement to ensure a hassle-free stay for the visitors.

The chief minister has taken several measures to promote sites related to Buddhism in the state. Buddha Memorial park on Frazer Road near Patna Junction is virtually a part of his venture to promote such sites.

Nitish’s drawing room has a magnificent artwork of Buddha. The chief minister also got a peepal tree planted at his 1 Aney Marg house wherein monks performed rituals on November 6, 2011.