Bhopal: As many as 230 professionals, including filmmakers, from across the globe deliberated on ideals of Buddhism in order to enhance their professional capabilities and understanding of issues concerning governance and human welfare during a global meet in Bhopal.

"There is lot to learn from the teachings of Lord Buddha. His teachings are relevant in the modern world provided they are followed in a right spirit," said Gaia Ceriana, a filmmaker, who has come here to attend two-day 'Dharama-Dhamma' conference here.

She said the discussion with various scholars of other countries has helped her in awakening of soul to lead her life on the basis of Buddhist principles.

The conference, 'Dharma-Dhamma’ (connotes confluence of Buddhism and Hinduism thinking), was organised to discuss its role in political, ethical and social spheres, scientific and technological pursuits and in economics and business.

"It was a great experience altogether. The conference is very useful as the world is facing a lot of problems these days. It will help an individual and society as a whole. The scholars here shared their experience based on the principle of Buddhism. It was enlightening," said Dr David Frawley, Director, American Institute for Vedic Studies, New Mexico, USA.

A Bhutan Government official, who has come from the Himalayan nation to attend the conference, requesting anonymity said, "the meet was useful and scholars discussed on issues related to environment, business and politics among others. I will imbibe some of the suggestions in my personal and professional life and ask others to follow them".

Scholars and religious experts from America, Netherlands, Korea, Israel, Indonesia, Trinidad and Tobago have gathered in the city of lakes to participate in the conference.

Over 100 research papers were presented during the international event.

"Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are the four main religions in Sri Lanka. Even though deep philosophical explanations of these religions have differences, there are many common characteristics like concept of person, beginning of world and evolution, path to liberation, action and its outcome and moral codes.

"While teaching distinguishing factors of each religion, if more attention is paid to common characteristics, it will result into social integrity," said Dr H R Nishadini Peiris, senior lecturer, Uva Wellasa University, Badulla, Sri Lanka in her paper presented on 'Base of religious teachings-social integrity'.

Sahasrabuddhe, Director, India Foundation which has organised the conference said the conference has done essential brain storming for one and all who attended it.

"We are sure that its outcome would be helpful to all in many ways," he added.


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