Itanagar, April 30: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brigadier (retd) BD Mishra on Monday called upon the people of the State to follow the teachings of Buddha, which are relevant in equal measures even today. The Governor, accompanied by Home Minister Kumar Waii, paid obeisance at Theravada Buddha Vihara here on the occasion of Buddha Purnima.
Conveying his greetings to the people on the occasion, the Governor said Buddha’s messages of peace, knowledge, non-violence (Ahimsa), uplift of downtrodden and freedom from superstitious are the promoters of the modern welfare societies. “The eight parts of the path to liberation are the essential elements of Buddhist practice, which include moral conduct, mental discipline and wisdom,” Mishra said.
Sharing his association with Buddhism which started at an early age, Mishra quoted Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that India is blessed to have given to the world the invaluable gift of Buddhism, which has today spread across the world. The Governor also inaugurated a blood donation initiative jointly organized by Arunachal Vivekananda Yuva Shakti, Arunachal Voluntary Blood Donor Organization and Arunachal Pradesh State Branch of Indian Red Cross Society on the occasion.