New Delhi, May 7 : Emphasizing on the continuing relevance of teachings of Lord Buddha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said we should remember Buddha's teachings in our fight against Coronavirus. Addressing a Virtual Prayer Event, through video conferencing, with the participation of all the supreme heads of the Buddhist Sanghas from around the world, the Prime Minister said ,'Buddha taught us to overcome challenging situations with continuous efforts.
He taught us to never give up. We should remember his teachings in our fight against coronavirus.' Stressing that Buddha had given to the World a message of service to humanity, Mr Modi said India is standing selflessly in these difficult times with those facing trouble in the country and abroad. 'Buddha is the symbol of both realization and self realization of India. With this self realization, India is working in the interest of humanity and the world, and will continue to do so. India is standing selflessly in these difficult times with those facing trouble in the country and abroad. India is constantly working to help other countries across the globe and will continue to do the same.
All of us have to fight together to defeat Coronavirus,'the PM said. Honoring the various people working to serve society amid the COVID-19 crisis, the PM said, 'During this difficult time there are several people who are working 24 hours a day, risking their own lives to help others. We must honour and appreciate them.' The PM said that Lord Buddha contributed to the enrichment of Indian civilization and tradition. 'The message and resolve to reduce problems of every life has guided the culture of India. Lord Buddha contributed to the enrichment of Indian civilization and tradition. Buddha became his own light and also lit the lives of others in his journey of life,'the and PM said.
Minister of Culture and Minister of Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel and Minister of State for Minority Affairs and Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju also participated in the event. Culture Ministry in collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), a global Buddhist umbrella organization is holding a Virtual Prayer Event with the participation of all the supreme heads of the Buddhist Sanghas from around the world. Buddha Purnima celebrations are being held through a Virtual Visak day owing to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic across the globe.
The event is being organised in honour of the Victims and the frontline warriors of COVID-19. Prayer ceremonies on the occasion are being streamed live from the Sacred Garden Lumbini, Nepal,Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya, India,Mulgandha Kuti Vihara, Sarnath, India, Parinirvana Stupa, Kushinagar, India, Pirith Chanting from Ruwanweli Maha Seya in the sacred and historic Anuradhapura stupa premises, Sri Lanka, Boudhanath, Swayambhu, Namo Stupa, Nepal apart from other popular Buddhist sites. Vesak- Buddha Poornima, is considered the Triple Blessed Day as Tathagata Gautam Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Maha Parnirvana. (UNI)