Governor engages with Sikkimese students at Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies

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Governor engages with Sikkimese students at Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies

GANGTOK,: Governor Lakshmam Prasad Acharya today visited the Sarnath-Varanasi campus of Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies where he engaged with Sikkimese students and delivered a stirring address to the students and staff on the enduring relevance of Lord Buddha's teachings.

Governor Acharya highlighted the relevance of Lord Buddha's teachings in navigating contemporary challenges and fostering a harmonious existence both individually and collectively, informs a Raj Bhawan release.

Reflecting on the current global landscape, the Governor emphasized the timeless wisdom encapsulated in Lord Buddha's teachings, asserting, “In the current scenario, the teachings of Lord Buddha are still relevant as they guide us to live a happy and fulfilling life individually and collectively. The path shown by Lord Buddha was relevant then, is relevant now and will remain relevant in the times to come.”

Further, he elucidated how the teachings of Lord Buddha serve as a beacon of light, illuminating the path towards peace, friendship, harmony, and compassion. He emphasized the significance of embracing a sustainable lifestyle that reveres Mother Nature, echoing Lord Buddha's teachings on non-violence and the preservation of natural resources.

Quoting Lord Buddha's timeless message of 'Bhavatu Saba Mangalam,' which advocates for the welfare and well-being of all beings, he said it is imperative for us of dedicating ourselves to alleviating human suffering and fostering social justice.

Furthermore, he drew parallels between Lord Buddha's principles and India's democratic ethos, highlighting the resonance between Buddha's emphasis on peace, harmony, and compassion and the foundational principles of India's democratic system.

He remarked, “Just as Lord Buddha's life was always based on peace, harmony, and compassion, our democratic system has adopted the same. Buddha's teachings were always based on human welfare and social justice and to bind the world together. At present, India is adopting this with commitment of body, mind, and words.”

He also acknowledged the pivotal role played by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in elucidating the teachings of Buddha, emphasizing the universal message of equality and social justice espoused by both figures.


Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi