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JU in collaboration with IGNCA celebrates Buddha Purnima

JAMMU: As part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Jammu , Jammu In collaboration with Regional Centre,Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) Celebrated Buddha Purnima -Prayer for world peace on Wednesday, 26th May, 2021from 11 am to 1 pm.

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi is a premier organization in the field of Arts India under the Ministry of Culture. IGNCA is visualized as a center encompassing the study and experience of all the arts - each form with its own integrity, yet within a dimension of mutual interdependence, interrelated with nature, social structure, and cosmology.

Buddha Purnima, Buddha Jayanti is a Buddhist festival. It falls on the day of the Full Moon in April or May and commemorates the birth, enlightenment (nirvāna), and death (Mahaparinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha. Kashmir was a major center of Buddhist art and is reflected in the Nilmata Purana and Rajatarangini. 

Buddhism is believed to have been introduced immediately after the mahaparinirvana of Buddha and it became dominant in Kashmir in the time of emperor Ashoka.

It enjoyed the patronage not only of Buddhist rulers but of Hindu rulers too. From Kashmir, it spread to the neighboring Ladakh, Tibet, and China. Accounts of patronage of Buddhism by the rulers of Kashmir is found in the Rajatarangini and also in the accounts of Chinese visitors.

The Programm schedule of the event starts with a welcome address by Prof. Shohab Inayat Malik ,HOD Buddhist studies and Dean Faculty of Arts, University of Jammu. It was followed by prayer by a Buddhist scholar from Ladakh.

Tashi Namgyal was live from Achina Gompa, Leh and he talked about Buddha's twelve deeds composed by the great Buddhist Saint, scholar, and philosopher Nagarjuna.

Distinguished speakers on this occasion, Chief Guest, Dr. Sachchdanand Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA talked about the important teachings of the Buddha i.e. Four Noble Truths, Eight Fold Path etc. He also said that Lovingness, Kindness and friendliness is very important during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Manoj K. Dhar, Vice-chancellor, University of Jammu said we should help every person not based on his color, creed, religion and cast and Lord Buddha's teaching is a reflection of such thoughts. He also emphasized collaborative programs with IGNCA on subjects of mutual interest.

Dr. Virendra Bangroo, Director, RC, IGNCA, talked about the history of Buddhism in Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh.

He gave an account of Buddhist heritage sites and their importance in the realm of art, architecture and culture.

He also talked about the research being conducted by IGNCA in Buddhist art, culture and philosophy.

A special event on this auspicious occasion was the screening of a documentary from IGNCA Archives: Sacred Echoes- Beneath the Bodhi tree. More than 60 participants were presented in this event throughout the India. A vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Rajesh Sharma, Lecturer, Deptt. of Buddhist Studies.

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