Message from Lopen Karma Phuntsho
Ancient monuments represent the glory and greatness of our past. In these legacies, we find inspirations from the past in order to inform our present and shape our future. Buddhist monuments, in particular, embody the state of enlightenment and the cultures of freedom, peace, non-violence and selflessness. Their existence reminds us of timeless values and principles such as compassion and wisdom, which are as much relevant in today’s confused and chaotic world as they were when the monuments were created. The efforts of the Buddhist Forum to save and preserve Buddhist monuments in Asia is thus a praiseworthy initiative. It is very important that we strive to sustain the ancient monuments, which are invested with much spiritual power and aspirations, even as we build new ones.
Lopen Karma Phuntsho, DPhil.
Scholar and Social Worker
Research Associate, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
Founding Director, THE LODEN FOUNDATION