Despite the cancellation of the visit of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, the organisers of the Himalayan Buddhist Sangam did not make any change in the proposed inauguration of the event in at the Lama Nagar in sector 6 of Kumbh on Sunday.
At around 3pm, the conclave was duly inaugurated jointly by the 13th re-incarnation of the Tsonawa and chairman of the organising committee TG Rinpoche, VHP patron Ashok Singhal and Swami Chidanand of Parmarth Niketan.
Addressing Buddhists and people of other religions, Rinpoche said that Tibetans had embraced India completely and felt one with its religions and culture.
"We need to change if we are to achieve world peace and protect our environment. Others will change only if we bring about a change in ourselves and if we all change for the better, we will make our world united and a better place," he said.
There was no satisfaction greater than this and even the Dalai Lama wishes for it, he added.
Spiritual leader Rinpoche, who had also visited Allahabad during the 2001 Kumbh, called upon people of all religions to unite and march on the path of dharm.
Swami Chidanand reminded all that greed and desire to own more and more should not be the aim of life.
Calling for unity, Mahamandaleshwar Panchayati Mahanirvani Akhara Swami Maheshwaranand said that when all are kids of one God, why are we divided?
VHP patron Ashok Singhal said that Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini while he performed sadhna in Ayodhya. "Buddhism was born in India and there should be no
restrictions on movement of any Buddhist," he added.
Besides the Buddhist monks, a number of prominent seers including Swami Parmatamanand and Krishnamani were also present. A book 'Baudhdharam-Darshan, Sahitya
aur Sampradai' was also released at the function. Lama Chosphel Zotpa conducted the inaugural function.
Jointly organised by Sherab Zangpo Society, Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association and the World Buddhist Cultural Foundation, Himalayan Buddhist Sangam has everything from spiritual and religious teachings, rituals and prayers through establishing of the Mandala, practice sessions of Buddhist meditation, an exhibition of Himalayan Buddhist art and culture and a Himalayan Buddhist cultural programme.
Another specialty would be a Himalayan traditional food festival. A dialectics discourse camp will also be part of the events.