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Tilak Marapana, Minister of Foreign Affairs attended the 4th International Dharma-Dhamma Conference PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 13:09

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana attended the 4th International Dharma-Dhamma Conference on "State and Social Order in Dharma-Dhamma Traditions" which was held in Rajgir, Bihar in India from 11th – 13th January 2018.  The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Conference.  

Speaking at the Conference Minister Marapana stated that the Buddhist concept of rule of law & good governance are depicted in “Dasa Raja Dharma” in which Lord Buddha preaches to Kings to rule in a fair manner and be concerned of the welfare of their communities.  He further noted in his speech that, the Ten Virtues according to Buddhist ideals of good governance are as follows;

Generosity, morality, liberality, openness, gentleness, self restraints, no anger, non violence, patience and non-competitiveness.

The Conference was organised by the Nalanda University, in collaboration with the Centre for Study of Religion and Society, India Foundation, Ministry of External Affairs and the Vietnam Buddhist University.  This Conference was further organised as part of the commemorative events to celebrate the Silver Jubilee year of ASEAN-India Dialogue Partnership, with support of the Union Ministry of External Affairs. Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik, CM Nitish Kumar, and Kingdom of Thailand's Minister for Culture Vira Rojpojchanarat, among others, attended the conference.