Atish teaches us humanity
Speakers at a commemoration programme yesterday urged the young generation to learn humanity from the moral teachings of famous Buddhist scholar Atish Dipankar Srigana.
The programme was held in the auditorium of National Museum in the capital organised by Bangladesh Cultural Academy, a pro-opposition organisation, to mark the 34th anniversary of Atish's ashes being handed over to Bangladesh by China.
Professor Sukomal Barua, Pali and Buddhists Studies department at DU, presented a keynote paper.
Born in Bojrojigini of Munshiganj district, Atish accepted monk hood and left home in search of knowledge and religious wisdom, Barua said in his presentation.
The Buddhist leader passed away in 1053 A.D. in Tibet, he added.
DU Arts Faculty Dean Prof Sadrul Amin said former president Ziaur Rahman sent a 6-member delegation to China to bring back the ashes of Atish.
BNP standing committee member Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jun, former DU vice chancellor Prof Dr Emazuddin Ahmed, was present among others.