In order to bring the Asian countries on a common stage, the Ancient Buddhist Heritage Sites being found in all major Asian countries, could play a major uniting role. The act of preservation and promotion of ancient Buddhist sites could create feeling of interfaith toleration among the people.
This international sign campaign is being launched with two major objectives:
1. To create awareness among the people about the need of preservation of Ancient Buddhist Sites in Asia.
2. To form an International Body, to co-ordinate and collaborate with the Governments of concerned Asian countries for promotion, preservation and exploration of Ancient Buddhist Sites and Monuments in Asian countries.
Your valuable signatures will be submitted to Secretary General of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) as a global appeal to form an international body for the preservation and promotion of the Buddhist monuments and relics all over Asia.
Today several Asian countries have a good number of ancient Buddhist sites. If they are restored to their ancient glory, they can give boost to developing tourism sector. International and national Buddhist tourism circuits could be developed by linking various ancient sites scattered in different Asian countries. With promotion of these ancient sites, we can enhance growth in rural tourism sector and supporting the other religious heritage shrines and monuments also .It can be helpful in bolstering the local art and craft industry also.
Nature of campaign
“Reawakening Asia” is a non-religious, non- political and non-sectarian, non-violence step to involve people belonging to different nationalities, cultures, religions and sects to bring the Asian countries on common a platform for world peace, interfaith and economic development.
The first phase of this sign campaign was launched on March 12, 2009 from Chaneti Stupa, Yamunanagar, Haryana, India with the blessings of Ven. Lama Chosphel Zotpa. On December 30, 2009, The Buddhist Forum submitted 21,000 signatures of participants from different parts of India and world to Hon’ble President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil. Till today The Buddhist Forum has gathered support from several prominent personalities and organizations from 13 countries to this noble cause.