Sanchi Buddhist and Indian Knowledge Studies University
Posted on September 14th, 2012

Courtesy:  Buddhist Channel

Madhya Pradesh, India — The State Cabinet on Monday endorsed three ordinances, including the one on Sanchi Buddhist and Indian Knowledge Studies University. The Cabinet also endorsed amended ordinance regarding Techno-Global Private University in Vidisha district and Underground Pipeline, Cable and Duct (Acquisition of Powers for Land Use) Ordinance 2012.

The ordinance on Sanchi university includes six major provisions, including teaching of Dharma/ Dhamma in the context of varied knowledge traditions and contemporary context without negating the views and practices prevailing in other countries.

The ordinance provides for maximum interaction among Asian countries with forceful historic similarities in religion, philosophy and folk culture. There are also provisions for understanding mutual viewpoints on Asian cultures and civilizations and promoting world peace and harmony by understanding each other’s roles.

The ordinance also provides for ensuring participation of scholars and willing persons of Asia and the world for fulfilling the university’s objectives, contribution to reforms in Indian and Asian countries’ educational systems, making efforts for evolving a new viewpoint on alternative educational system, imparting teaching and training in various Asian arts, sculpture and skills.

Buddhist University will have five major departments on Buddhist philosophy, Sanatan Dharm and Indian Science Studies, international Buddhism studies, comparison of religions and department of linguistics, literature and arts.

Notably, the State government is scheduled to convene International Dharma-Dhamma Sammelan at Bhopal on September 22 and 23. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and scholars and philosophers from about 22 countries, including Britain, Netherlands, Vietnam, China, Israel, Indonesia, Japan, etc will participate in the religious congregation.

This function is being organised jointly by Madhya Pradesh Culture Department, Centre for the Study of Religion and Society (CSRS), New Delhi and Mahabodhi Society, Sri Lanka.

One Response to “Sanchi Buddhist and Indian Knowledge Studies University”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    This is a significant step in the right direction by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to develop and foster cordial relations with our Indian cousins in North India given the jaundiced attitude of most Tamils in Tamil Nadu, even as Racist Demagogues in Tamil Nadu threaten hell, fire and brimstone against President Rajapaksa.

    Let us hope that the Hindu majority of India will not reject their hallowed heritage of Buddhism, just as we Buddhists of Sri Lanka do not reject our hallowed Hindu heritage.

    Let us hope that the Hindus of India will revere their Golden Heritage of Buddhism unlike the narrow minded Taliban Muslims of Afghanistan who blew up the Bamiyan Buddha statues built by their own enlightened ancestors.

    Blowing up the Bamiyan Buddhas would be akin to modern Orthodox Christian Greeks blowing up the “Pagan” Parthenon … a step the Greeks would not contemplate in their wildest dreams …. for Rationality remains an enduring characteristic of the Greek mind.

    All Hail President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his wisdom and courage bearding the Lion in its den!

    May the Noble Triple Gem Bless & Protect him ALWAYS!

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