Global Tribute to Kolkata’s Buddhist Monk on Monday

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Kolkata: Buddhists from across the globe will be in Kolkata on Monday to celebrate 150 years of Kripasaran Mahasthavir, who revived Buddhism in the east, with Kolkata as the hub of his activities.

Mahasthavir, a native of Chittagong became a monk at 21 and came to Kolkata on the way to Bodh Gaya. Stunned by the eroding condition of Viharas in Kolkata and a dwindling Buddhist population, he established Buddha Dharmankur Sabha at Bowbazar 123 years ago, with the help of prominent figures like Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee and Manindra Chandra Nandi.

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A magazine started under Kripasaran’s tutelage is still making it to the stands and considered to be a living treatise in Buddhist studies. Magsaysay winner Korean monk Pomnyun Sunim will also be in Kolkata on Monday. The postal department will release a first day cover on Kripasaran on Monday.

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