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January 25 @ 7:00 am - 11:30 pm


Recently, the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace (ABCP) convened its 12th General Assembly in New Delhi, marking a significant gathering of Buddhists from across Asia. This voluntary mass movement, founded in 1970, aims to unite followers of Buddhism for the promotion of peace, harmony, and cooperation.

Major Highlights of the 12th General Assembly:

Theme – ABCP: The Buddhist Voice of Global South:

  • Reflects India’s commitment, evident in its G20 presidency and the Voice of Global South Summit.

India’s Commitment to Buddha’s Legacy:

  • India showcased itself as a nation guided by the principles of Buddha.
  • Highlighted India’s proactive role in developing the Buddhist circuit and establishing the India International Centre for Buddhist Culture.

Constitutional Recognition of Buddha’s Influence:

  • Emphasis on the depiction of Lord Buddha in the Indian Constitution, specifically in Part V, underlining his role in Union governance.

About the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace (ABCP):

Foundation and Composition:

  • Founded in 1970 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, as a voluntary movement with both monastic (monks) and lay members.
  • Collaborative effort of Buddhist dignitaries from various Asian countries.


  • Gandanthegchenling Monastery in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
  • The Supreme Head of Mongolian Buddhists serves as the current ABCP President.

Aims of ABCP:

  • Unite Buddhists for the cause of peace, harmony, and cooperation in Asia.
  • Foster economic and social advancement while promoting justice, human dignity, and the dissemination of Buddhist culture.


How Buddhist Teachings Converge with Principles of Good Governance:

Right View in Policymaking:

  • Buddha’s emphasis on Right View aligns with governance principles of transparency and evidence-based decision-making.
  • Example: Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness index reflects Buddhist values beyond economic indicators.

Right Conduct in Leadership:

  • Buddha’s Five Precepts serve as ethical guidelines for public officials.

Compassionate Governance:

  • Buddha’s teaching of compassion encourages leaders to consider the needs of all citizens.
  • Initiatives like universal healthcare or fair taxation reflect governing with compassion.

Dialogue and Nonviolent Conflict Resolution:

  • Buddha’s teachings on Right Speech and Right Action promote respectful communication and nonviolent solutions to conflict.
  • Applicable in international diplomacy and internal political debates.

How Teachings of Buddha Navigate Present-Day Challenges:

Compass for Ethical Uncertainty:

  • Buddha’s teachings provide a path of sustainability, simplicity, and reverence for all life.
  • Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path guide towards inner peace and compassion.

Mindfulness in a Distracted World:

  • Buddha’s emphasis on mindfulness aids in navigating information overload and reducing stress through practices like meditation.

Compassion in a Polarized Society:

  • Buddha’s teachings on compassion offer an antidote to rising social tensions.
  • Recognizing interconnectedness encourages empathetic communication and conflict resolution.

The Middle Way in an All-or-Nothing Culture:

  • Buddha’s concept of the Middle Way resonates in our consumerist society, encouraging mindful consumption and balanced living.


The 12th General Assembly of ABCP not only highlighted India’s commitment to Buddha’s legacy but also underscored the relevance of Buddhist teachings in addressing contemporary challenges and fostering principles of good governance.


January 25
7:00 am - 11:30 pm
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