Buddhist conference begins

Kathmandu, May 18

Preparations for the International Buddhist Conference beginning from tomorrow as part of the 2560th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha have been completed.

Organising a press conference in the capital yesterday, the main organising committee said all necessary preparations for the event were over. The conference is taking place in the capital tomorrow, while the birth anniversary celebrations of Lord Buddha are set to take place in Lumbini.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will inaugurate the conference tomorrow, while President Bidhya Devi Bhandari will inaugurate Lord Buddha’s birth anniversary celebrations in Lumbini on May 21.

Representatives of government offices, religious leaders, monks and Buddhist scholars from 28 countries are taking part in the conference.

A total of 28 Buddhist scholars will present working papers on during the conference.The conference will come up with a declaration based on presentations from national and international Buddhist scholars.

The declaration would be made public in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha

The government is organising the conference to spread the message of peace and to highlight Lumbini as the birthplace of Lord Buddha and to develop the place as a fountain of world peace.