Buddhism and Hinduism can ensure peace: PM

Buddhism and Hinduism can ensure peace: PM

Buddhism and Hinduism can ensure peace: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that Hinduism and Buddhism could make a great contribution to ensure peace and dignity for future generations.

“All of us here have a cardinal duty to ensure that future generations lead a life of peace, dignity and mutual respect,” Modi said while inaugurating an international conference on “Global Hindu-Buddhist Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness” at the Vivekananda International Foundation in New Delhi.

“We need to sow the seeds of a conflict-free world and in this endeavour, faiths of Buddhism and Hinduism have a great contribution,” he said.

Modi said that Asia’s historical traditions and values could be used to “shift the paradigm” from conflict resolution to conflict avoidance and to “move from the path of ideology to philosophy”. He was joined by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who sent a video message. “In Asia, Buddhism and Hinduism teach compassion, Confucianism teaches benevolence and Islam teaches fraternity,” said Abe, who had in August 2014 accompanied Modi on a visit to Kyoto’s famous Toji Temple – a Buddhist shrine inspired by trinity philosophy of Hinduism.

The conference is intended to evolve a new paradigm about ‘conflict avoidance’ rather than ‘conflict resolution’ in finding solutions to the problems plaguing the world, in consonance with the ancient philosophies of Hinduism and Buddhism.

In an indirect reference to the Islamic State and other terrorist organisations, Modi noted that “intolerant non-state actors” now controlled large territories and unleashed “barbaric violence on innocent people”.

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