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Aims And Objectives
The Department of Buddhist studies has one primary vision which is to uphold and maintain the long-standing legacy of the ancient Nalanda University. Its mission is to replicate the same philosophical and dynamic spirit of ancient Nalanda and its system of quality-based education centered on morality, reason, and epistemology. In addition, the department is working towards a number of goals and missions aimed at preserving the vibrant culture and the spirit of dynamic educational system of both ancient and modern India. In addition, the department had a mission to apply and impart a wide range of contemporary Buddhist topics, including engaged Buddhism, as well as other subjects such as contemporary social, psychological, and environmental sciences. These scientific subjects have a fundamental connection to Buddhism dates back to ancient times.
When it comes to scientific research in Buddhist Studies on numerous exterior and internal truths of both Mind and physical matter, Buddhist philosophical schools such the Vaibhasika, Sautrantika, Madhyamika, and Yogacara schools stand out. Acarya Vasubandhu, the founder of Vaibhasika, Kumaralata, founder of Suatrantika, Nagarjuna, the founder of Madhyamika, and Asanga of Yogacara schools, were all eminent exponents and leading researcher of that time. The department therefore has one sole mission to establish Buddhist cum science laboratory and library to foster both spiritual and scientific growth and development of student in modern world.
Also in order to revive and foster the same spirit of discourse, debate, and discussion, the Department also has a vision to create a separate conference room suitable for delivering seminars and lectures on a variety of modern science and Buddhist subjects which definitely help young researchers to boost their academic skills and knowledges of different timelines.
One of the department’s key missions is to introduce a Buddhist Historical Tour (departmental tour) for the benefit and exposure of students in the near future. The tour will attract and benefit both the department and the students. The department also encourages students to participate in Vipassana meditation and other extracurricular activities which help them grow in love, compassion, equanimity, and wisdom. These are some of the ancient Indian invaluable instruments for enhancing a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being or academic performance, which in turn contributes for creating a better world for oneself and the entire globe.
The department also aims to participate in a number of national and international workshops, seminars, conferences, and padayatras in order to foster intellectual exchanges and the development of a variety of skills among students and the local populace. It also has a vision to introduces short term courses in the field of Buddhism in South Central and East Asia.