Book released on spread of Buddhism in China

ANI, February 13, 2009

New Delhi, India -- Vice President Hamid Ansari released a book entitled ”China: a search for its soul, leaves from a Beijing diary” authored by Poonam Suri here on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, Ansari said Poonam stressed the need to study the societies, which have changed civilizations.

I think what she does establish is the need to study societies. We need to study people. We do a great many studies like political studies, economic studies, history and things like that. But studying people, study the impulses that move the nation or a whole group of people is where I think we do not pay sufficient attention, said Ansari.

Ansari calls it a different book dealing with the spread of Buddhism in China against the contemporary present.

I dont think it is a book with a difference. It is written differently, but it holds a very strong message. I cannot comment about the more substantive aspects of the book except that it in a week which I have seen another aspect of Buddhist practice. The version of Buddhism in China, manner in which it traveled along is something that is educative, said Ansari.

Poonam Suri, also an economist, discovers more about China in her book to find inextricable links with an important neighbour India.

The book brings out the cultural and historical commonalities and differences between the people of the two countries.

The Great Wall of China reportedly has one of the longest Sanskrit inscriptions in the world carved across one of its ancient doorways. The inscriptions mention Ashoka, Kublai Khan and descendants who strove for the happiness of all being. It was surprises such as these that prompted me to delve deeper and deeper into my search, said Poonam.

In recent years, India and China, despite their belligerent mutual histories, have reconciled to build diplomatic, military and economic ties.
The Buddhist Channel - Donate to Support Our Work



An Appeal

In deep gratitude for your support! We are half way to meeting our target (US$ 10,400 of US$ 18,000 already achieved)!

The Buddhist Channel is a dedicated group of "mindful communication practitioners" striving to make a positive impact on the Buddhist community. We deeply believe in the power of mindful journalism and are reaching out to you with a heartfelt request for your support. Your donation, no matter the size, can make a tangible difference in the lives of countless Buddhist monastics, local communities and other dedicated engaged workers. With your help, we make their stories known, and thereby opening up avenues for them to obtain sustainable support for their work.

Please indicate whether your support will be a donation or a loan. We will get back to you via email. We thank you in advance for providing us financial relieve. May the Buddha Dharma ever be your guide and protector.

Note: To date, we have received the following:

US$ 900 from Esa Myllykoski (donation)
US$ 9,500 from Lance Edwards/Kau Soo Kin (loan)

We express our deep gratitude for the support and generosity.

If you have any enquiries, please write to: editor@buddhistchannel.tv

TOP