India Hosts SCO International Conference on ‘Shared Buddhist Heritage’
With a focus on India’s civilizational connections with the SCO states, the two-day international conference of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on “Shared Buddhist Heritage” was launched at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. This historic gathering brings together Central Asian, East Asian, South Asian, and Arab nations to discuss “Shared Buddhist Heritage” and is the first of its kind. It takes place under India’s leadership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) (from September 17, 2022, to September 23, 2023) for a year.
Shared Buddhist Heritage Conference 2023: Participation
The SCO countries include China, Russia, and Mongolia as well as Member States, Observation States, and Conversation Partners. Scholars from the SCO are submitting research papers on the subject, including those from the International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University in Myanmar, the State Museum of the History of Religion in China, and Dunhuang Research Academy.
Who organised this conference?
The Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the World Buddhist Confederation are organising the two-day event (IBC-as a grantee body of the Ministry of Culture). Participants in the event include a number of Indian Buddhist experts. The Conference aims to re-establish cross-cultural connections and look for similarities between Central Asian Buddhist art, art forms, archaeological sites, and antiquity in various museum collections from SCO nations.
Aim of the conference:
The purpose of the conference is to reestablish cross-cultural linkages and look for similarities among Central Asian Buddhist art, art movements, archaeological locations, and antiquity in various SCO nation-state museum collections. The Conference is a unique gathering of minds where nations from various geographical areas but with a common thread connecting them based on a shared civilization legacy, strengthened by Buddhist missionaries who played a significant role in integrating various cultures, communities, and regions in the entire Indian subcontinent and Asia, will discuss for two days’ worth of various themes, outlining ways to maintain the centuries-old ties into the future.
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