Prime Minister Narendra Modi meditates under the Mahabodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, Bihar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken extensively on the universality of the Lord Buddha’s teaching in inspiring and a guiding each and everyone to look for divinity within.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 14th International Vesak Day celebrations in Colombo, Sri Lanka
The timeless wisdom of the Lord Buddha has strengthened India’s core cultural values and showed the world the path of non-violence, compassion and renunciation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi prays to Lord Buddha at Deekshabhoomi, Nagpur
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his Mann Ki Baat, greeted the nation on the occasion urging people to emulate Lord Buddha’s teaching as well as, take a pledge to follow his footsteps.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers prayers to Lord Buddha at Dr. Ambedkar’s birthplace in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh
Remembering Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar, the Prime Minister said that the Architect of Indian Constitution took inspiration from teachings of the Buddha. He said, “Baba Saheb strengthened the oppressed, exploited, deprived and crores of people standing on the brink of marginalization via the Constitution of India. There cannot be a bigger example of compassion than this. This form of compassion was one of the greatest qualities of Lord Buddha for the alleviation of suffering of the people.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Buddhist monks
It is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s firm belief that the Buddhist values of service and sacrifice and power of compassion could liberate the world from many of the pressing problems it faces in current times.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi prays at Toji Temple in Japan
During Prime Minister Modi’s foreign visits, he has visited many Buddhist sites, His visits highlight India’s long civilizational connect with other nations such as China, Myanmar, Japan, Thailand, Combodia and so on.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Buddhist monks at the QuanÂm Pagoda, Vietnam
Each time when visiting Buddhist sites of worship and reverence, Prime minister Narendra Modi has received a warm welcome from Buddhist monks, people and heads of states.
Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi with Sri Lankan President at the Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a sacred Buddhist shrine
In the cultural heritage of many Asian nations, Buddhism lies at the core. India, being land of the Buddha, is therefore, seen as a natural ally.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers prayers at the Mahabodhi tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
With the Prime Minister attending world Buddhist forums as well as visiting important Buddhist site, he has been able to forge a new era of friendship and trust with various nations.
Prime Minister visits magnificent Buddhist shrine, Anand temple in Bagan, Myanmar
In order to further strengthen India’s bond with the world inspired from Buddhist teachings, the Modi government has developed infrastructure for Buddhist Tourism which is going to connect Southeast Asia with the important Buddhist sites of India. The Archeological Survey of India under the Government of India has been working as partner in the restoration of many Buddhist temples which also includes the centuries old magnificent Anand Temple in Bagan in Myanmar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the ancient Da Xingshan Buddhist temple in China
“I see Lord Buddha in the 21st century across national borders, across faith systems, across political ideologies, playing the role of a bridge to promote understanding to counsel patience and to enlighten us.”