Nalanda founder Bro. Tan was the guest-of-honour in the recent ‘Republic Day’ celebrations held in Mumbai on 26 January. The event was organised by a Maharashtra Buddhist organisation – the “Babasaheb Ambedkar Vichar Mahotsav Samiti” – headed by its Chief Coordinator, Commissioner Dr. Harshadeep Kamble.
Bro. Tan’s keynote speech touched on the contributions of Dr. Ambedkar to the revival of Buddhism in India six decades ago. He also spoke about the 2,300-year long Buddhist discourse between ‘Jambudvipa’ (ancient name for India) and ‘Suvarnabhumi’ (Southeast Asia), and why it should be revitalised at present times. The speech was very well-received by the audience, and a crowd swarmed around Bro. Tan afterwards to speak with him and to have their photographs taken together.
During the event, Dr. Kamble and Bro.Tan jointly announced the inaugural ‘Buddhist Youth Exchange Programme’ between India and Malaysia, scheduled in late February 2018. We shall be reporting about this Dhammaduta visit to India in the coming week. Sadhu anumodana!