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Collaboration with Government of Telangana

Three special guests visited the Buddha Museum on 13th Sep 2017, a Dr Savla Baiu and two representatives from the Talangana Tourism Buddhavanam Project, Mr Mallepalli Laxmaiah and Mr K.Kranthi Babu. The three guests came as representatives of the Telangana State Tourism department with an offer to collaborate with Fo Guang Shan on a project that holds profound meaning.

The state of Telangana, having been formed in 2014, is the youngest state in India. Despite the fact that Buddhism originated from India, the last time the state recognized Buddhism as a religion was during the Satavahana Dynasty (1st century BCE – 2nd century CE). After almost 1,800 years, the state government wishes that Buddhism would once again flourish there.

Having visited Fo Guang Shan before and after hearing Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s teachings, Mr Laxmaiah was deeply touched by Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s words. He believes Humanistic Buddhism is what the people in India needs, so with this in mind, he came to Fo Guang Shan with this proposal. He heads the Buddhavanam Project which is currently building a Buddhist theme park. Most of the facilities are completed except for the most important element, a facility to teach Buddhism.

Fo Guang Shan already has a presence in India -- the Educational and Cultural Centre established in 2007 in New Delhi. The resident venerable there is Venerable Hui Xian, who presides over 80 novice monks who are undergoing training in monastic discipline. Venerable Ru Chang, the director of the Buddha Museum, believes this is a great opportunity for Buddhism to finally have a foothold in India and talks are underway for this collaboration.

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