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Maha Bodhi International Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies
Annual General Meeting
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Sixth International Conference 
Pāli & Buddhism 
Role of Pāli in Promoting Cultural Heritage 
November 10-11, 2019
Emerging originally in India, Buddhism quickly spread throughout the Indian sub-continent, moved into southeast Asia, then into Central Asia, on into China, Korea, and Japan. And, as a teaching of Buddha were embraced by the people in very different culture and religious settings, Buddhism itself changed in significant ways, resulting in the enormous teachings and practices among contemporary Buddhists. But, in spite of all the diversity all Buddhist trace their belief and practices, in some sense, back to the awakening of Gautama the Buddha under the Bodhi tree and to the teachings that derive from his experience. We believe that the historical Buddha taught in Māgadhībhāsā. His discourses were compiled together in the very similar language, popularly known as Pāli in modern times. 

Pāli is the only Indic language in which we find a complete set of Buddhist canonical literature and much of it can be traced back to first century BCE or before. It is consensus among scholars that due to the efforts of emperor Asoka and his team, the Buddhadhamma was disseminated to the land of Sīhala first and gradually to the other South and South-east countries in coming centuries. As a result, we share certain common fundamental features in terms of culture, doctrine, shrine, architecture, language, and so on with Indian sub-continent and with South and South-east Asian countries. Many pioneering scholars including Venerable H. Saddhatissa has proved the strong connectivity of Pāli based Buddhism particularly with the culture of with Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Thailand, and Srilanka. Although, Pāli is said to be the dead language by some of the modern scholars such as Jules Bloch and Thomas Burrow but despite of its status as dead language, Pāli is still widely studied because many of the early Buddhist scriptures were written in Pāli and its significant role in developing partnership with other diverse culture at large.
We cannot forget the contribution of Anagarika Dhammapala and other Buddhist scholars in the revival of Pāli based Buddhism in India. Maha Bodhi Society of India is committed for preserving the ancient Buddhist wisdom and promoting Theravada Buddhist culture and practice and has been continuously providing a platform where scholars and practitioners meet together and discuss for the betterment of many.

In this regard, Maha Bodhi Society of India, Sarnath Centre is going to organise the Sixth International Conference on Pāli and Buddhism is going to be convened at Sarnath, the place where the Buddha taught the first sermon. The objective of this conference is to discuss the Role of Pāli in Promoting Cultural Heritage, as a main theme, and to come up with innovative ideas how to promote, renovate, and preserve early Buddhist thought as directed the historical Buddha.
Inter Religious Peace Prayer on account of recent terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka 
The Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya
The Buddha is the embodiment of the Dhamma. The elements that go to make up the personality of the Buddha are identical with the principles that he enunciated. By thought, words and deeds the Buddha does not differentiate from absolute truth.
Bodhisattva Anagarika Dharmapala
Founder, Maha Bodhi Society of India
Sri Lankan Parliamentary delegation visits Mulagandha Kuty Vihara
A Sri Lankan Parliamentary delegation led by the Speaker Karu Jayasurya paid a visit to Mulagandha Kuty Vihara in Sarnath on Wednesday. Ven. P Seewalee Thero, the General Secreatry of the Maha Bodhi Society of India led the special prayers along with others monks of the Society at the main shrines of the Vihara.
Five precepts of Buddhist Livelihood:
These basic training rules are observed by all practicing lay Buddhists. The precepts are often recited after reciting the formula for taking refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha.
Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures.

Accompanying virtues
Kindness and compassion

Related to Human Rights
Right to Life
Adinnadana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.

Accompanying virtues
Generosity and renunciation

Related to Human Rights
Right of Property

Kamesu micchacara veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct.

Accompanying virtues
Contentment and respect for faithfulness

Related to Human Rights
Right to fidelity in marriage
Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from incorrect speech.

Accompanying virtues
Being honest and dependable

Related to Human Rights
Right of human dignity
Suramerayamajja pamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.

Accompanying virtues
 Mindfulness and responsibility

Related to Human rights
Right of security and safety
MBSI Celebrates 72nd Independence Day With Great Fervour
The General Secretary of MBSI, Ven. P Seewalee Thero is addressing the august gathering on the occassion of India's 72nd Independence Day at Sarnath Center of MBSI.
Children of Maha Bodhi Inter College performing a heart warming skit on India's freedom struggle 
The sangha is a community where there should be harmony and peace and understanding. That is something created by our daily life together. If love is there in the community, if we've been nourished by the harmony in the community, then we will never move away from love ~ Nhat Hanh
Commencement Ceremony of Vassa Vass (Rains Retreat) - 2018
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