The Yamunagar-based Buddhist Forum, which has been working form the past three years in finding and identifying Buddhist sites in different Asian countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan , Afghanistan,Sri Lanka, Nepal and India, has been roped in by the Bhutan government to promote the ancient Buddhist sites in the country.
Sidhartha Gauri, president of the forum, said that the forum would develop a database on the ancient Buddhist sites in Bhutan. Gauri said the forum was committed toward the development of pilgrimage centres and enhancing peace and cultural ties among the Asian countries. He said the Home and Cultural Minister of Bhutan, Lyonpo Minjur Dorji, had appreciated the concept proposed by the forum and assured all logistic support to them.
Dasho Dorjee Tsering, Director-General, Bhutan Cultural Ministry, also appreciated the efforts of the forum in bridging the Asian countries through the ancient Buddhist sites.
The Buddhist Forum has also sought the support from Jee Khenpo, supreme patriarch of the Council for the Religious Affairs, Bhutan, for the cause.
The forum president also met Karma Penjor, secretary of the Council for Religious Affairs, which is the supreme body in Bhutan to take decisions on religious matters, and discussed the plan.One of the leading NGO of Bhutan, Loden Foundation, has also decided to support the forum in their effort.
Lopen Karma Phuntsho, founding director of the Loden Foundation, also joined the Buddhist Forum as its patron. Gauri said the main objective of the forum was to promote the ancient Buddhist heritage sites and culture of Bhutan through its official website, which had received about 9 lakh visitors worldwide in 2012.