Bhikkhu Sanghasena with other religious leaders in Goa.
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MARGAO: Bhikkhu Sanghasena, Founder of the Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre, Leh (Ladakh), called for developing a new vision for the country, one that promotes a global family and respect for religions without creating any differences at the Inter-religious meet held here on Saturday.
Religious leaders of Muslim, Jain, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Catholic faiths that met for an inter-religious meet on Thursday denounced the violence and called for building goodwill and social harmony. The event was held in view of growing instances of communal violence in the country. Hence, all the leaders of faiths signed a declaration condemning the violence, urging authorities to take speedy action and the society to stand up for social harmony.
President of the Bhartiya Sarv Dharm Sansad, Sushil Goswami Maharaj, Chairman of Bangla Sahib Gurudwara Paramjeet Singh Chandok, President of Imam Council of India Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, President of International Mahavir Jain Mission Vivek Muni, Founder of the Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre, Leh (Ladakh), Bhikkhu Sanghasena and Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) were on the panel of speakers at the meet.
Parmajit Chandok called for more dialogue of the kind to sit alongside brothers of other faiths and build the spirit of love, peace and brotherhood.
Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao, who chaired the inter-faith meet said that there are many social problems the country is facing including unemployment, crime, child marriage, violence against women and corruption. But communal violence is dangerous and builds on distrust. The Archbishop said the country is facing threat of terror and extremism in the name of religion that creates a climate of fear.
Goswami Maharaj said that India has a culture that accommodates everyone. Imam Ilyasi urged people to be compassionate and to keep humanity alive.
Bhikkhu Sanghasena has been promoting inter-religious harmony for decades. He is member of many international inter-faith organisations, like IARF, Elija Interfaith, URI, Buddhist-Muslim Dialogue, Buddhist-Christian Dialogue etc. For decades, he has been participating in various international and national inter-religious conferences to share Buddhist point of view. Bhikkhu Sanghasena has also organised many such important international, national and local level conferences in Ladakh.
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