Bodh Gaya Declaration of Buddhist Leaders,
Bodh Gaya , September 5, 2015
This Bodh Gaya declaration of Buddhist spiritual and temporal leaders, scholars, philosophers and thinkers is made in Bodh Gaya at the conclusion of daylong devotional and spiritual accomplishments.It is hereby declared that:
1 Bodh Gaya, where Siddhartha became Buddha, is the seat of enlightenment for the world of Buddhism and Buddhist civilization that have inspired all religions of the world.
2 In this age of increasing conflicts where in the last 15 years religious conflicts have trebled and killings in the name of religion have gone up by two-thirds, the spiritual gift of Buddha is the only hope for the world to overcome the intra-religious and inter-religious strife and massacre.
3 The Hindu-Buddhist civilizations have a special responsibility to work for conflict avoidance and environment consciousness by expounding the philosophical principles common to Hinduism and Buddhism to save the world from fratricidal conflicts.
4 The Hindu-Buddhist civilizations, that celebrate diversity and are nonconflicting with other religions, will have to work together for a paradigmshift from the present conflict resolution model powered by geopolitics to conflict avoidance model inspired by civilization.
5 This will call for in-depth spiritual orientation to present an alternative world-view as a new paradigm for understanding, appreciating and celebrating diversity based on the ancient idea of Dhamma as in Pali and Dharma as in Sanskrit.
6 There is no place more appropriate and elevating than Bodh Gaya for inspiring and institutionalizing such noble work.
7 Bodh Gaya has the credentials to emerge, and must emerge, as the global symbol and vehicle for enlightenment, peace and hope for civilizational, spiritual and cultural harmony.
8 A Buddhist spiritual and civilizational institution that will bring together and make the entire Buddhist world participate in this momentous task will be built in Bodh Gaya in the coming three years.
9 Hindu civilizational and spiritual institutions will be invited to work with this new Buddhist institution to share the responsibility for global peace and harmony.
10 Buddhist spiritual leaders will approach governments of all Buddhist nations to support this monumental and noble task of developing Bodh Gaya as an International Centre of Buddhism for the enlightenment of all humankind.
11 We call for support from the Government of India for the development of infrastructure and other public utilities in the area.
12 A team of experts will be constituted to begin the noble work and the responsibility for this purpose shall be given to a committee.
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