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Hundreds of Hindus convert to Buddhism by taking the five refuges
Gaya, 17 March. In the Kharkhura area in the west of the city a function
was held which exceeded in crowds the expectations of its organisers.
Hundreds of people from outside of the state were present in the crowd
and about 500 Hindus took the five refuges and converted to Buddhism.
Bhante Prajnadeep gave the five refuges to those who converted and the
chairmanship of the meeting was taken by the In-Charge of the Burmese
Vihar Bodh Gaya Bhante Jnanendra.
The meeting was held in the Ashok High School Kharkhura under the banner
of the "Youth Buddhist Society of India". Buddhists from Jharkhand,
UP, Maharashtra and Bihar took part in the meeting. Countless people
converted and Bhante Prajnadeepa gave teaching to them on Buddhism and
the Buddhist community.
Injanol, a South Korean women, addressing the meeting said that Buddhism
was a religion which was spread throughout the world and that she was
happy to see the way that the meeting had been organised. In addition
another South Korean woman [called?] Sai said she was happy at the way
the meeting was organised.
Suresh Chandra Bauddha, the President of the Youth Buddhist Society
of India stressed that the message of the Buddha was mutual harmony,
love, compassion, loving-kindness, equality, equal rights and self confidence.
He said that two and a half millennia ago Buddha began a mental revolution
against caste sentiments, caste prejudice, caste discrimination, superstition
and other evils. Today also to do away with these evils we must take
In the meeting apart from other people were also present; Bhante Priyapal,
Bhante Vinayananda, Bhante Priyadarshi, Bhante Prajnarata, Badri Singh
Bauddha the President of the All India General Conference, Chief Minister
Abhay Kumar Baudhapriya, K.K. Chaudri, and others.