Four-day program will invite over 2000 monastics from Buddhist traditions around the world

Join them and nurturing mutual understanding and appreciation of traditions and practices

International Sangha Forum in Bodhgaya

20-23 December 2023

The four-day program will invite over 2000 monastics from Buddhist traditions around the world. On the first three days of the conference, monks, nuns, and Bhikkhu scholars from the different Buddhist traditions will start the discussions on the finer aspects of the Vinaya rules and the role of Buddhism in the 21st century. The conference will conclude with a prayer gathering at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya with Buddhist Leaders and Maha Sanghas on the last day.


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Topic of Discussion

Vinaya Rules

Sattatiṃsa bodhipakkhiyā dhammā

The Role of Buddhism in the 21st century

Four Immeasureble (Appamanna)
Link of Inter-dependence

There are total of 9 Planetary Discussion Sessions

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Our Objective

The primary focus of the conference is to develop ongoing dialogues and collaboration between practitioners of the Pali traditions of Southeast and South Asian countries of India, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Indonesia) and those of the Sanskrit tradition from Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Russia, Mongolia and other parts of the world.

The conference will identify and highlight the benefits of studies and practices that are common to all traditions as well as develop an appreciation and understanding of the strengths of found within those traditions which are viewed as being different.

There is an urgent and pressing need to discuss how to maintain the authenticity of established Buddhist traditions while at the same time allow for adaptation of the Buddha’s teachings to meet the needs of people during these challenging times.

The Dharma needs to be made more easily accessible, relevant, and meaningful to those in regions unfamiliar with Buddhism and the younger generations. In order to achieve this goal and prevent the degeneration of the Dharma, it is imperative to consider how to support and maintain the standards of Buddhist monastics in our contemporary world.

5-Year Pali Sanskrit International Bhikkhu Exchange Program

The exchange program includes dialogues on topics such as Vinaya, and developing an understanding of the different cultures and traditions. This experience proves to be enriching and immersive for the monks who have been specially chosen to participate in the program.

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1st International Buddhist Conference March 2021

It featured the participation of 12 organizations and 38 distinguished speakers, including both monastics and lay scholars. This two-day event included a keynote address by His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the inaugural session. 

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Our Past Program

     December 2023
International Sangha Forum in Bodhgaya,
December 2023
Second Year of the 5-Year Pali Sanskrit International Bhikkhu Exchange Program
December 2022
5-Year Pali Sanskrit International Bhikkhu Exchange Program
March 2021
1st International Buddhist Conference
July 2019
Concluding of 1st Bhikkhus Exchange Program 

August 2018 – July 2019

August 2018
1st Bhikkhus Exchange Program

August 2018 – July 2019

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