India's Northeast Buddhist scholars team to visit Burma

by Nava Thakuria, Mizzima News, December 8, 2004

Assam, India -- In view of strengthening the socio-religious and cultural ties with South Asian neighbouring countries including Burma, a group of Buddhist scholars from Northeast India is ready to go on an extensive tour programme.

The 12-member team will visit Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Mongolia.

"The team, during the visit in the middle of January next year will meet priests to common people to rulers in these countries and try to rediscover the age-old cultural and religious relationships of Northeast with these countries," said Dr Lalit Shyam, the secretary general of the Assam Buddhist Coordination Council and Northeast India Buddhist Federation.

Dr Shyam, who will lead the delegation, is also scheduled to deliver a series of lectures on Buddhist art, culture, history, architecture, sculpture, literature and philosophy of Northeast during the visit.