First-Ever Global Buddhist Conference in India
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♦ The educational conference, being organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), will grow to be an annual feature. Four regional conferences in India (Saranath, Telangana, Gangtok and Dharamshala) & overseas (Japan, South Korea, Thailand & Cambodia) will be planned, in the run-up to the conference.
♦ The reports of these regional conferences will be introduced at the inaugural Global Buddhist Conference.
♦ Global Buddhist Conference focuses on making India the center of Buddhism, by advertising Buddhist activities, like academic, cultural, seminars, people traveling for fairs like Buddha Purnima, Vesak.
♦ As a part of the event, an award for the advertising of Buddhist studies, which will be given on November 21 through Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, carrying a money reward of $20,000 (around Rs 14.7 lakh), a plaque, and a gold-plated medallion.