Organizing Committee for International Buddha Poornima Diwas Celebration 2016 meets in Delhi

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, May 6, 2016

A meeting of the Organizing Committee for “International Buddha Poornima Diwas Celebration-2016” was held here today under the chairmanship of Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Secretary (Culture) N K Sinha were among those present at the meeting.
Buddha Poornima or Vesak is recognized as the thrice sacred day that marks the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Lord Buddha. While Buddha was born in Lumbini in present day Nepal, he attained sambodhiprapti in Bodhgaya in Bihar. In Sarnath, he set in motion the wheel of the Dharma, and finally attained mahaparinirvana in Kushinagar.
Speaking at the International Buddha Poornima Diwas Celebration on May 21 last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared that henceforth Buddha Poornima will occupy a prominent place in the Indian calendar as a national celebration.
To oversee the organization of these celebrations, a committee under the chairmanship of the Minister of State for Culture, with the Minister of State for Home and the Minister of State for Human Resource Development as co-chairpersons.
Lama Lobzang, Secretary General of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), a global umbrella Buddhist body headquartered in New Delhi will be the convener of the organizing committee in India spanning various Buddhist traditions.