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  • 06 December, 2022

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Dhamma Dipa International Buddhist University

Dhamma Dipa International Buddhist University

  • On November 29, 2022, the foundation stone for the Dhamma Dipa International Buddhist University (DDIBU) at Manu Bankul in Sabroom, South Tripura, will be laid.
  • DDIBU is expected to be India's first Buddhist-run university, offering Buddhist education alongside courses in other modern education disciplines.

About Buddhism:

  • Buddhism originated in India over 2,600 years ago.
  • The religion is founded on Siddhartha Gautam's teachings and life experiences.
  • The fundamental teachings of Buddhism are encapsulated in the four noble truths or ariya-sachchani and the eight-fold path or ashtangika marg.

Four lofty truths:

  • The essence of the world is suffering (dukkha).
  • Every ailment has a reason - Samudya.
  • Suffering could be eradicated - Nirodha.
  • It is possible to achieve this by following the Atthanga Magga (Eight-Fold Path).

The Eight-Fold Paths are a collection of interconnected activities related to knowledge, conduct, and meditative practices.

  • Right view
  • Right intention
  • Right speech
  • Right action
  • Right livelihood
  • Right mindfulness
  • Right effort
  • Right concentration
  • The essence of Buddhism is the attainment of enlightenment or nirvana, which is not a physical location but an experience that can be had in this life.
  • Buddhism has no supreme god or deity.
  • Buddhist schools include: Mahayana (Idol Worship), Hinayana, Theravada, Vajrayana (Tantric Buddhism), and Zen.

Buddhist texts (Tipitaka) include:

  • Vinaya Pitaka (monastic rules), Sutta Pitaka (Buddha's main teaching or Dhamma), and Abhidhamma Pitaka (a philosophical analysis and systematization of the teaching).

Buddhism's Contribution to Indian Culture:

  • Its main contribution was the concept of ahimsa. It later became one of our country's most cherished values.
  • It made an important contribution to Indian art and architecture. The stupas in Sanchi, Bharhut, and Gaya are magnificent works of architecture.
  • It promoted education by establishing residential universities such as Taxila, Nalanda, and Vikramasila.
  • Pali and other local languages evolved as a result of Buddhist teachings.
  • It also aided in the spread of Indian culture throughout Asia.
  • Buddhist UNESCO World Heritage Sites include the Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara in Nalanda, Bihar Buddhist Monuments in Sanchi, the MP Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Bodh Gaya, and the Bihar Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
  • In 2012, the Buddhist chanting of Ladakh was added to UNESCO's Representative List of Humanity's Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Source: The Indian Express

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