The International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) is hosting the First Global Buddhist Summit in Delhi on April 20–21. The summit aims to tackle various issues facing humanity today by exploring answers to contemporary challenges from philosophy to praxis.
With Buddhism as its foundation, scholars worldwide will unite to solve problems such as environmental crisis, health and sustainability, preservation of the Nalanda Buddhist tradition, and Buddhist pilgrimage.
The IBC, based in Delhi, wants to unite the Buddhist community so they can work together to tackle major global issues. The summit will have 180 participants from 30 countries worldwide, including thinkers and Buddhist religious leaders from India, Mexico, and Brazil.
According to Abhijeet Haldar, Director General of the International Buddhist Confederation, man-made problems such as war, violence, natural calamities, and climate change can only be solved by people. The summit aims to bring together the best Buddhist thinkers from around the world on a single platform to find a solution and convey the message.
The International Buddhist Confederation began in 2010 during Ven. Lama Lobzang’s visit to Sri Lanka, where some respected Sangha members suggested that India host a large-scale international Buddhist conference. Planning began for the Global Buddhist Congregation, one of the largest international gatherings of Buddhists on Indian soil.
The suggestion was then made to form a permanent umbrella body to carry the work and vision of the Global Buddhist Congregation forward and represent the enduring interests of Buddhism worldwide.
The summit will tackle moral and cultural degradation, religious conflicts, corruption, food and water security, unemployment, environmental degradation, poverty, and malnutrition. These problems confront societies worldwide, and every technological advancement in recent years has hurt the community.
The alienation among various communities is becoming the main cause of disintegration, leading to hyper-individuality and instilling selfishness and greed. Compassion, solidarity, and peace are especially important in these times.
The Dalai Lama, a spiritual authority, believes that human effort, understanding, and a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood can solve the world’s problems. The real secret to human survival is cultivating universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share, based on a good heart and awareness.