“International Conference on State and Social Order in Dharma-Dhamma Traditions” being organised by Nalanda University in partnership with the Vietnam Buddhist University, India Foundation, and the Ministry of External Affairs, government of India.
Facts for Prelims/Mains:
- This is the fourth International Dharma-Dhamma Conference but the first to be hosted by Nalanda University and in the state of Bihar. In a sense, the twin traditions of Dharma and Dhamma have come home.
- They have come home to the sacred soil of this ancient land of faith, wisdom and enlightenment – this land of Lord Buddha.
- In the period of Lord Buddha, well before modern states and state boundaries, this entire region was known as Magadha.
- In those times, Sanskrit and Pali were the principal languages of communication. Dharma is a Sanskrit word and Dhamma is a Pali word. Their meaning is the same and they have the same root.
- While travelling through the Magadha region, Lord Buddha and his disciples rested in camps that grew into monasteries.
- These were called viharas. And from the word vihara, we get the name of Bihar.