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Buddha Vihar Project
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The Buddha Education Foundation intends to build a big Buddha Vihar(temple) in the National Capital Region (New Delhi, India) which can accommodate at least five thousand people at one time to pray to Lord Buddha. This huge project is to be completed by the end of 2014. The minimum land for all these projects required is at least 10 acres ( about 4 Hectares). The idea is to build such a gigantic Buddha Vihar to show this religion in proper light. Though there are Buddha Vihars but they are far from the capital of India. Hindus have thousands of temples and many of them are of big size and Muslims and Christians too have many. So far, why such efforts were not made by Indian Buddhists and even world Buddhist Communities also failed to discharge their duties. There are very few Buddha Vihars in the National Capital region but they are not worth to be shown and also have little capacity and facility. When I converted to Buddhism on November 4, 2001 along with hundreds of thousands of people, Buddhists from Europe, America, Korea, Thailand and Japan came and still visit but their wish is to go to Buddha Vihars in Delhi and around but what to do? Sometimes we do accompany them to the temples but they are very small and having no facilities and guest rooms. Of course, Indian Buddhists are quite poor and this religion started getting revived only after 14th October, 1956. The reason for poverty is very simple, mostly dalits are poor who convert to Buddhism. Dalits escaped to Buddhism to get respectful and dignified lives. Before this, Buddhists were really in small number. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Architect of Indian Constitution and Messiah of Untouchables, embraced Buddhism with hundreds of thousands in Nagpur on 14th October, 1956. Nagpur is in Central India and National Capital Region is in North India. Our Conversion on November 4, 2001 was the second biggest after Dr. Ambedkar’s . This was and is quite a catalyst in the revival of Buddhism in India.

This Buddha Vihar is the real need of not only Indian Buddhists but world Buddhists too. Of course, world Buddhists do visit important places like Bodh Gaya, Lumbini, Sravasti, Kushi Nagar and Elora & Ajanta etc. but when they land up in Delhi, what pride they can claim that Buddhism is also world religion when there is nothing in and around Delhi. Buddhists are quite well off in Japan, Korea, Thailand, Burma, Srilanka and other parts of the world, can’t they have their pride in National Capital Region out of their contribution? Lord Buddha said that money is not the way of happy life but it can be one of the attributes of bliss and peace. May be those who are well to do Buddhists, can find way of happiness but more degree of satisfaction in the life will be definitely there if they establish a pride in National Capital region of that country where Lord Buddha was born.

The cost of building of this Buddha Vihar is estimated to Rs. 40 Crores (8.6 Million dollars). The land is quite expensive in National Capital Region and it is estimated that it would be purchased in between 25 to 30 crores ( about 6.4 Million dollars).

There is hardly any good library on Buddhist studies and on the contrary number of libraries of Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are there. Without literature and research facilities, reading, and writing places, it is difficult to expand the theoretical base of this philosophy. One of the reasons of slow speed of expansion of this religion is not to have such facilities and thus it is quite imperative to have a large establishment of reading and writing in the National Capital Region. To create a world class library, the cost estimated is between 25 to 30 crores (about 6.4 Million dollars).

Thousands of Buddhist pilgrims and tourists throng in India but they don’t have decent and cost effective accommodation facilities to stay. One of the reasons of poor tourism in India is the expensive hotel facilities. Comparing the hotel expenses vis- a- vis other countries, India tops the world and the middle class and the people having ordinary pursuit of income can’t afford such expensive lodging. The Buddha Education Foundation has conceived the idea to have world class accommodation facilities in the National Capital Region with other allied infrastructures like swimming pool, massage facilities and business center at a reasonable price. It will have Buddhist ambience so that guests can feel completely at home and depart with new spirit , what Lord Buddha had taught the world.

We are in the process of identifying a location provided financial help comes to us. We are already doing so much for Buddhism. The challenge is being thrown that currently no one is doing so much for Buddhism in our comparison. Though some of organizations are quite smart in preparing lofty and lengthy reports but at the ground level where are they? Many suggestions have come up. Some say that it has to be in Delhi and others don’t mind if it is in the National Capital Region. Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Faridabad and Gurgaon are in National Capital Region.
 
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