Shrine of peace
THE WEEK|November 29, 2020
Century-old Sri Dharmarajika Chetiya Vihara of the Maha Bodhi Society remains one of the greatest symbols of Buddhist renaissance in India.
RABI BANERJEE

IN 1891, SINHALA Buddhist monk Angarika Dharmapala had made a trip to India. He was shocked to see the deplorable condition of Buddhism’s holy shrines in the country where it was born. In the next three decades, he put in his blood, sweat and tears to revive Buddhism in India and to restore ancient Buddhist shrines at holy sites like Bodh Gaya and Sarnath. He also founded the Maha Bodhi Society to propagate the ideas of peace, perfection and human values.

Even after Dharmapala’s death, the society continued its mission of spreading the teachings of the Buddha through selfless service. Today, under the stewardship of general secretary Venerable P. Seewalee Thero, who has been in office since 2016, the Maha Bodhi Society of India is out to revive the lost teachings of Buddhism. “The society strives to unearth the hidden treasures of Buddhism, to propagate and promote humanism and human values with the message of love, compassion, wisdom and peace,” says Thero.

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