Monks integral part ofSikkimese society: CM


SUMMIT REPORT

Gangtok, 22 Feb: Chief Minister, PS Tamang attended the National Conference on 'Sikkim-West Bengal

Buddhist Conclave' held at Manan Kendra, Gangtok, today. The conference was organised by the Indian Himalayan Council of Nalanda Buddhist Tradition (IHCNBT) in collaboration with the International Buddhist Council (IBC), Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The conference was also attended by Ecclesiastical Affairs Minister, Sonam Lama, Director of International Buddhist Confederation, Shakti

Sinha, Rinpoches and Khempos, Tulkus, dignitaries from West Bengal and Delhi, Buddhist scholars, researchers, lamas from different monasteries, students from Sikkim Institute of Higher Nyingma

Studies, Pangthang, Students of Denzong Pema Choling and officers and staff of Ecclesiastical Affairs

Department, Government of Sikkim. In a Facebook post the CM wrote, “In my address, I stated the importance of preserving and conserving our culture to prevent it from depleting. As individuals,

it is our responsibility to maintain and preserve our heritage and pass it on to the next generation.

I added that our Government is concerned about the welfare of the Lamas and have equally considered

them in all the schemes and programs. They have been an integral part of our society and have contributed to the well-being of Sikkim in various ways.” The CM stressed on documenting the oral

history of Sikkimese culture and traditions in order to preserve it for future generations. “Cultural and religious harmony has been the hallmark of the Sikkimese society, setting the precedence for peaceful co-existence. We should always strive to uphold this virtue,” the CM said.