Sixth India-Japan Samvad Conference

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently addressed the sixth India-Japan Sanwad Conference through video conferencing.

Key Highlights

During the address, the Prime Minister proposed to create a library of traditional Buddhist literature and scriptures. The library will collect digital copies of Buddhist literature from different countries. It will aim to translate and make them freely available for all monks and scholars of Buddhism. Also, the library will examine how the Buddhist message can guide modern world against contemporary challenges.

About the Sixth India-Japan Samwad Conference

The main objective of the Sixth India-Japan Samwad Conference was to discuss the need to build future Asia based on the traditions of non-violence and democracy in Asia.

The main objectives of sixth Samwad Conference are to encourage dialogue and debate, vary forward the ancient tradition of spiritual and scholarly exchanges and to highlights shared values between India and Japan.

About Samvad Conference

The first Samvad Conference was held in New Delhi and at Bodh Gaya in 2015. During the conference, the leaders, political personalities, academicians exchanged views on conflict avoidance and environmental consciousness.

Buddhism in Japan

Buddhism is the second most popular religion in Japan after Shintoism. The country has the third largest Buddhist population in the world after China and Thailand. Shintoism originated in Japan. It is classified as an East Asian religion by scholars of religion. There are more than 100,00 Shinto shrines in Japan. Buddhism entered Japan at the end of Kofun period through the silk route.

Buddhism in India

According to the 2011 census, Buddhists make to 0.7% population. The largest concentration of Buddhists is in Maharashtra. Buddhism almost came to an end in India after the arrival of Islam in the late twelfth century.

The Buddhists in the Himalayas and East Asia are generally the Mahayana Buddhists and the Buddhists in Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka re Theravada Buddhists.


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