Buddhist-Muslim Dialogue at Ladakh to promote communal harmony

Sify, June 30, 2010

Leh, Ladakh (India) -- A three-day long Buddhist-Muslim Dialogue and seminar 'Addressing Violence: Religious Resources for Conflict Resolution 2010', is being held at Leh.

Hosted by Mahabodhi Devachan Centre, the objective of the seminar has been to bring together influential representatives of these two great religious traditions.

Expert theologists have endeavoured to create a deep and enduring partnership between the Buddhist and Muslim faiths, so as to enable them to understand each other.

Another objective of this seminar has been to tackle the various challenges on a peaceful basis, mutually strengthened by generous co-operation and genuine friendship.

Addressing the delegates, Nawang Rigzen, Minister for Tourism and Culture, Jammu and Kashmir, said that religion is a code of conduct for the human beings to lead a peaceful life and let others live in peace and harmony.

"Religion should be a strictly private affair. It is between you and your creator. It is for you to be a good human being. Be of help to others to lead a happy life. But today in the name of religion we have conflicts. There are stalk of clashes of civilisation", he added.

"This meet would create a friendly environment between the Buddhists and the Muslims.

A dialogue always bridges the gaps and helps in overcoming the differences. Religion dose not divide people but always unites them", said Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, President All India Organisation of Imams of Mosques.

The Buddhist-Muslim dialogue series was initiated to create and foster new perspectives on how Buddhism and Islam will harmoniously respond to the multitude.