Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today delivered a video address on the occasion of inauguration of Dharma Chakra Day. The International Buddhist Confederation , under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, is celebrating Asadha Poornima on July 4, 2020, as Dharma Chakra Day. This day commemorates Gautam Buddha's First Sermon to his first five ascetic disciples at the Deer Park, Rsipatana in the present day Sarnath near Varanasi, UP. The day is also celebrated by Buddhists all over the world as the day of Dharma Chakra Parvattana or “Turning of the Wheel of Dharma”.
Prime Minister conveyed his greetings on Ashadha Poornima, also known as Guru Purnima, and also paid homage to Lord Buddha. He expressed happiness that copies of Mongolian Kanjur are being presented to the Government of Mongolia.
Prime Minister talked about the teaching of Lord Buddha and about the eight-fold path which shows the way towards the well-being of many societies and nations. He noted that Buddhism teaches respect for people, women, poor, for peace and non-violence and these teachings are the means to a sustainable planet.
Prime Minister said that Lord Buddha spoke about hope and purpose and saw a strong link between the two. He spoke about how he is hopeful about the 21st century, and this hope springs from the youth. He underlined that India has one of the largest start-up ecosystems where bright young minds are finding solutions to global problems.
Prime Minister said that the world today is fighting extraordinary challenges, lasting solutions to which can come from the ideals of Lord Buddha. He spoke about the need to connect more people with Buddhist heritage sites and enhance connectivity to these sites. He also mentioned about the recent Cabinet decision to declare Kushinagar Airport in UP as an International Airport, which would facilitate the travel of pilgrims and tourists, while also giving a boost to the economy in the region.
Let me begin by conveying my greetings on Ashadha Poornima.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2020
It is also known as Guru Purnima.
This is a day to remember our Gurus, who gave us knowledge.
In that spirit, we pay homage to
Lord Buddha: PM @narendramodi addressing the Dharma Chakra Diwas function
The eight-fold path of Lord Buddha shows the way towards the well-being of many societies and nations.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2020
It highlights the importance of compassion and kindness.
The teachings of Lord Buddha celebrate simplicity both in thought and action: PM @narendramodi
Buddhism teaches respect.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2020
Respect for people.
Respect for the poor.
Respect for women.
Respect for peace and
Therefore, the teachings of Buddhism are the means to a sustainable planet: PM @narendramodi
In his very first sermon in Sarnath,— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2020
And his teachings
Lord Buddha spoke on two things- hope and purpose.
He saw a strong link between them.
From hope comes a spirit of purpose: PM @narendramodi
I am very hopeful about the 21st century.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2020
This hope comes from my young friends.
If you want to see a great example of how hope, innovation and compassion can remove suffering, it is our start-up sector led by our youth: PM @narendramodi
Bright young minds are finding solutions to global problems.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2020
India has one of the largest start-up
I would urge my young friends, to also stay connected with the thoughts of Lord Buddha.
They will motivate and show the way ahead: PM @narendramodi
Today the world fights extra-ordinary challenges.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2020
To these challenges, lasting solutions can come from the ideals of Lord Buddha.
They were relevant in the past.
They are relevant in the present.
And, they will remain relevant in the future: PM @narendramodi
We want to focus on connectivity to Buddhist sites.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2020
A few days back the Indian cabinet announced that Kushinagar airport will be an international one.
This would bring so many people, pilgrims and tourists: PM @narendramodi
May the thoughts of Lord Buddha further brightness, togetherness and brotherhood.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 4, 2020
May his blessings inspire us to do good: PM @narendramodi