World Bud­dhist Fo­rum to dis­cuss con­tem­po­rary value of the re­li­gion

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - 4 China - By WANG KEJU in Pu­tian, Fu­jian wangkeju@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Bud­dhism world will gather in Pu­tian, Fu­jian prov­ince, for the fifth World Bud­dhist Fo­rum, which will open on Mon­day to pro­mote ex­changes and dis­cuss the con­tem­po­rary value of the re­li­gion.

The two-day fo­rum, themed “Ex­change with mu­tual learn­ing: Mid­dle way for per­fect har­mony”, is aimed at pro­mot­ing ex­changes and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing be­tween Bud­dhism and other reli­gions, as well as mod­ern science and tech­nol­ogy, and re­al­iz­ing the mu­tual un­der­stand­ing be­tween dif­fer­ent civ­i­liza­tions, Xiao Hong, deputy sec­re­tary of China Re­li­gious Cul­ture Com­mu­ni­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, said on Sun­day.

“Bud­dhist cul­ture with con­tem­po­rary value will unite the power of Bud­dhists around the world to do good deeds and make con­tin­u­ous ef­forts in build­ing a com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture for mankind,” Xiao said.

The fo­rum will also em­pha­size the pos­i­tive role of re­li­gious peo­ple in eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, cul­tural ex­changes and the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, Xiao said.

More than 1,000 peo­ple from 55 coun­tries and re­gions, in­clud­ing Bud­dhists, prac­ti­tion­ers, schol­ars and re­searchers, will at­tend the fo­rum, she said.

This year’s event will in­clude a main fo­rum and seven sub­fo­rums, cov­er­ing top­ics such as Bud­dhism and the 21st Cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road, Bud­dhism and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and Bud­dhism and char­ity, said Master Shi Zongx­ing, vice-pres­i­dent of the Bud­dhist As­so­ci­a­tion of China.

Ex­hi­bi­tions in­clud­ing Bud­dhist cul­ture along the routes of the BRI, mul­ti­lin­gual trans­la­tion of Chi­nese Bud­dhism and Bud­dhism and art will also be held dur­ing the fo­rum to present Bud­dhist cul­ture in cre­ative and di­verse ways, Shi Zongx­ing said.

“Bud­dhism has been play­ing a pos­i­tive role in car­ry­ing for­ward the tra­di­tional cul­ture of China and the BRI to the world, and it also serves as a bridge for ex­changes with coun­tries par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Belt and Road and will en­hance ties with in­ter­na­tional Bud­dhists,” said Li Jian­hui, mayor of Pu­tian.

The fo­rum aims to start the process of build­ing a Bud­dhist cul­tural cen­ter along the mar­itime silk road, a Bud­dhist ex­change cen­ter for both sides of the Tai­wan Straits and a plat­form for pro­mot­ing mu­tual ex­changes of Bud­dhism, which will make great con­tri­bu­tion to pro­mot­ing world peace and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, Li said.

Jointly pro­posed by Bud­dhist com­mu­ni­ties on the Chi­nese main­land and in Tai­wan, Hong Kong and Ma­cao in 2005, the World Bud­dhist Fo­rum was es­tab­lished as a plat­form for Bud­dhists to com­mu­ni­cate and co­op­er­ate.

ZHOU YUKAI / FOR CHINA DAILY

A diver from the armed po­lice force sta­tioned in Chongqing pre­pares to search the wa­ter on Sun­day.

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