The first gathering of its kind in the history of Buddhism in India, the Global Buddhist Congregation (GBC) in Delhi held at the end of November saw the meeting of Buddhists from all around the world, including representatives from Kechara.
Liaisons Phng Li Kim, Jamie Khoo and David Lai, from Kechara Media & Publications (KMP), were invited to join the congregation as observers. KMP were also on sale throughout the congregation and saw much positive response from the 1000+ people who attended the 5-day gathering.
The Congregation was graced by many Buddhist “celebrities” and highly prominent personalities in Buddhism. Most notably, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama attended an all-faith prayer session and shared a Dharma talk with over 1000 participants at the closing ceremony of the event. There, he spoke about the importance of creating inner peace as an approach to countering negativities in ourselves and in the world. It was very much like Kechara’s own vision to creating Kechara World Peace Center, which would foster the creation of inner, outer and world peace.
The GBC also saw the gathering of Sangha from all around the world – Vietnam, Korea, Myanmar, Japan, Taiwan, India, America – as well as highly respected Buddhist scholars from both East and West. In its aim to foster greater understanding and dialogue between all traditions, the Congregation organized many different talks, where Sangha and laypeople of all traditions could share their various perspectives and approaches in the Dharma.
Li Kim, Jamie and David attended several of these talks and also had the opportunity to meet with and make offerings to many of these highly respected Sangha. More importantly however, many of the people we met were in turn, very happy to see us, noting that they had long followed H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings via YouTube and Rinpoche’s blog. It was most heartening to see how connected we all are in this very big world!