20 May 2016 Current Affairs: A two-day international Buddhist conference to mark the 2,560th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha began with Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, advocating Buddhism as a means to avoid extremism in all forms.
Over 1,200 delegates and observers from 28 countries around the world will attend the conference from May 19-20, themed Lumbini, Nepal: the birth place of Lord Buddha and the fountain of Buddhism and world peace.
The four noble truths and eight fold path propounded by Buddha is a way for life that helps attain ultimate happiness in life.
Objectives : The main objective of organising the event is to highlight Lumbini as birth place of Lord Buddha and the fountain of Buddhism, in the international arena, to establish Lumbini as the centre for interfaith and peace dialogue as well as developing Nepal as the fountain for world peace.
Around two dozen Buddhist scholars and renowned monks will be presenting working papers on various topics such as, "Good governance and Buddhism," Buddhism its beginning and continuity.
A special programme will be held on the 2,560th anniversary of Lord Buddha in Lumbini coinciding with Buddha Jayanti .
President Bidya Devi Bhandari will be the chief guest on the occasion. Around 10,000 people are expected to arrive in Lumbini to mark the occasion.
During the event, the president will announce the winner of 'Lord Buddha Peace Prize' worth USD 50,000.
Delegates from various countries including from Bhutan, Thailand, Korea, Sri Lanka and Malaysia will attend the conference.
The conference will come up with a declaration based on presentations from national and international Buddhist scholars at Lumbini