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Buddhist leader stress on education

- Association hint with state institutions

Trinley Thaye Dorje, the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism and a claimant of the 17th Karmapa’s seat, wants to be associated with the education sector in the state.

“Many educational institutions have approached me to develop their respective establishments as centres for Buddhist learning,” he said on Tuesday.

Dorje, who started the seven-day Kagyu Monlam prayer for world peace on December 14, said: “I am planning to get associated with some educational institutions in Bihar, but it will be pre-mature to name the institutions.”

He added that education has a big role to play in combating terrorism and promoting harmony across the world. “Tipitaka (the teachings of the Buddha) has a lot to offer to the contemporary world both in terms of knowledge and insight,” Dorje said.

He expressed satisfaction with the state government for working towards development of the town. “Bodhgaya is an international town and tourists and devotees from across the world come here. There should be focus on transportation and accommodation facilities in the town,” Dorje added.

More than 7,000 devotees from the northeastern states and several European countries are participating in the Kagyu Monlam prayers under the Bodhi tree on the Mahabodhi Mahavihara campus .