Ambedkar's life was greatly influenced by Lord Buddha: PM Modi

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Devotees celebrate the day by preaching and discussing the life and teachings of Lord Buddha.

Lord Buddha's messages are as relevant today as 25 centuries ago when they were first uttered.

In his message on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti, Deuba has wished for emancipation of the country people from all sorts of injustice and suppression and peace would prevail in the country by following the teachings of the Lord Buddha.

He said, India has never been an aggressor.

Prime Minister was accompanied by Culture Minister Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) Secretary-General Dr. Dhammapiya in Buddha Jayanti celebrations event.

He said that the there is the truth of suffering, the truth of cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering comprise the essence of Buddha's teachings of Four Noble Truths.

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Modi announced that the government had approved over Rs 360 crore for a Buddhist circuit and development of Buddhist sites in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.

His government was working with compassion to serve the people, in line with these teachings, he said.

April 30, 2018-Buddha Jayanti is being observed across the country on Monday by organising various programmes.

In 2015, the Prime Minister had announced that the Buddha Jayanti day will be commemorated and celebrated as an annual event by the nation.

Delegates from 16 countries including the United States of America, Japan, India, China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka attended the conference, wherein, Buddhist scholars from different countries presented their research papers. Many also believe that on this very day Buddha attained salvation or Nirvana under the Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya.

While Buddha Purnima is a sacred occasion for Buddhists, its lessons apply to all Bangladesh, and can help foster the sense of peace and inclusivity that we all aspire to.