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Roundtable meet on Buddhism stresses on mutual learning among civilizations

Mahendra Subedi

Buddhist

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China, 22 October (2019) – The 2019 South China Sea Buddhism Shenzhen Roundtable was held in Shenzhen city of China, attracting Buddhist leaders and scholars from 18 countries including Nepal, and others from the South China Sea region.

The topic of mutual learning among civilizations were discussed over the meeting with a call for concerted efforts to enable exchanges among Asian civilizations and to foster closer bond among peoples in a bid to share the outcome of civilization development.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli also sent a message to the round table meeting stating that China and Nepal are friendly neighbors in terms of culture, economy and politics, according to the organizers.

The PM hoped the meeting could set a new path for worldwide and, in particular, South Asia Buddhist academic research and development. During the event, six consensuses were reached by Monks from 14 countries for mutual learning for shared development.

The theme of the 2019 South China Sea Buddhism Shenzhen Roundtable was “Mutual Learning for Shared Development”.

In the deliberations, the scholars indicated that the world is facing mounting instability and uncertainties, and called on Buddhist leaders to comply with the times, explore innovations, and work together in keeping Buddhism up-to-date so as to adapt to and lead the new era.

The participating monks and abbots pledged to strengthen international cooperation and innovative development of the Buddhist community, to continuously enhance the Buddhist cooperation in countries surrounding the South China Sea and beyond, to facilitate exchanges on Buddhism affairs, maintaining the existing Buddhist cultural system and to jointly create new types and new modes of Buddhist cultural communication and others.

At the event, Maitri, President of All Nepal Bhikkhu Association, pointed to the sound cooperation between Chinese Buddhist Association and its counterpart in Nepal.

He believed in the role of Buddhist doctrine in promoting world peace. This year marks the fourth consecutive year of the roundtable, with the participation of new Buddhist leaders from Nepal, Singapore, India, the Philippines, Indonesia and others. RSS

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