The International Mahabodhi Meditation Center (MIMC) in Ladakh, northern India, founded by renowned spiritual leader and socially engaged Buddhist monk Venerable Bhikkhu Sanghasena, has announced that it will host the International Yoga and Meditation Festival of June 20 to 27.
“On the occasion of the ninth United Nations International Yoga Day on June 21, Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre, Leh, Ladakh, together with the administration of the Union Territory of Ladakh, is organizing an International Yoga Festival and meditation for a week,” said the MIMC fragment. with BDG. “Open to national and international participants, the occasion will be attended by eminent spiritual leaders, yogis, meditation masters, government officials, artists, scientists, peace activists, scholars and social leaders, as well as a large number of students from Ladakh. »
As an example of socially engaged Buddhism in the region, Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena has initiated many humanitarian projects, events and initiatives. Its outreach work includes educational opportunities and shelter for underprivileged children, empowerment and literacy programs for women and other socially disadvantaged groups, health care for the sick and needy, and a home pensions for the elderly and the poor. MIMC's expanding campus has become a hub for a multitude of socio-cultural and community programs in the far north of India.
Fri. Bhikkhu Sanghasena founded the Mahabodhi International Meditation Center (MIMC) in Leh, the common capital of Ladakh, as a non-sectarian Buddhist charity organization in 1986. Since then, the MIMC has become the launching pad for meditation-based activities. Dharma and social awareness programs for vulnerable communities in the region.
"This year's International Yoga and Meditation Festival will provide a special window into the rich traditions, ancient cultures, unique ways of life and wonderful heritage of Ladakh, which are deeply rooted in the essence of Buddhism, and diverse cultures and ethnic communities that reside here,” said Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena. “The program will bring together people from all walks of life and have a great impact in terms of understanding cultural values and way of life and preserving culture and its heritage.
"The purpose of International Yoga Day is to raise awareness of the many physical and spiritual benefits that yoga and meditation have brought to the world: 'What the sun is to the flower, meditation is to the mind !' »
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In addition to integrating spiritual development and human well-being, Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena and the MIMC are also closely involved in peacebuilding and interreligious dialogue, environmental conservation, and the promotion of Buddhist and Himalayan cultural heritage through national and international festivals. Fri. Bhikkhu Sanghasena has traveled extensively to participate in international conferences, seminars and workshops aimed at promoting spiritual and cultural values, environmental awareness, non-violence and world peace, and raising the status of women in society , especially those from disadvantaged communities.
In 2021, Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena led an MIMC team on a humanitarian relief mission in the border areas of Ladakh, providing material aid against COVID-19 as well as much-needed emotional and spiritual guidance to local residents who lived in fear during the double crisis of the pandemic and the military border clash between Indian and Chinese troops. The same team also led a peace campaign in the conflict zone, calling on both nations not to resort to violence, but to resolve the impasse through peaceful means.*
* Work, walk and pray for peace: Bhikkhu Sanghasena embarks on peace pilgrimage to Ladakh (BDG) and Buddhist monk Bhikkhu Sanghasena calls for a peaceful resolution amid Sino-Indian border tensions (BDG)