Nalanda Mahavihara to honour Buddhist scholars

Bihar Times, Oct 22, 2008

Patna, Bihar (India) -- Internationally renowned French Buddhist monk and poet of Vietnamese origin Thich Nhat Hanh will be leading a team of 300 Buddhists to Bihar.

The team will be on a five-day visit to Bodh Gaya, Nalanda and Rajgir as a part of Path of Awakening Journey (October 24-29).

According to Mahavihara director Ravindra Panth, Hanh will be honoured with a doctorate degree on October 27 by Nav Nalanda Mahavihara, a deemed university (unit of the Union ministry of culture). Governor R L Bhatia, who is the chancellor of the Mahavihara, will honour him by giving a citation and degree. Burmese scholar and the chancellor of Shitugo International Academy, Sanging in Mynamar, Ashin Yanishar, will also be honoured on the occasion.

Mahavihara will be celebrating its week-long founderís day from October 21-28 in which Hanh would be honoured on the convocation day on October 27.

Reports say that the Bihar tourism department, in collaboration with culture department, has organised a special event Bihar's Indic Spiritual and Cultural Heritage Festival on the occasion of Diwali on October 28 at Nalanda.