Dalai Lama lauds Theravada and Mahayana dialogue on code of conduct

Dalai Lama lauds Theravada and Mahayana dialogue on code of conduct

Dalai Lama lauds Theravada and Mahayana dialogue on code of conduct

Written by Staff Writer

20 Mar, 2015 | 8:55 pm

Buddhist monks from India and Sri Lanka gathered in New Delhi at the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) on Wednesday, March 18, for a two-day conference to discuss their respective spiritual traditions and values. Speaking at the conference, Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama lauded the dialogue on code of conduct between two schools of Buddhism – Theravada and Mahayana.

At the conference, where approximately 50 monks from the two countries including the chairman of the Sri Lanka Maha Bodhi Society, Venerable Banagala Upatissa Thera participated in the first day of the dialogue, detailed discussions were held on several topics ranging from the numbers of standardised offences in the code of conduct of the ordained Buddhist monk known as ‘Bhikkhu’ and his lifestyle.

The second day was attended by the Dalai Lama where he said that over the years the two schools of Buddhism had developed mutual respect and understanding for each other.

The IBC is an outcome of a unanimous resolution adopted by 900 delegates from 46 countries at the Global Buddhist Congregation (GBC) held in New Delhi in November 2011.

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