On the invitation of His Excellency, the US Ambassador to Republic of India, Mr. Richard Verma, Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena attended a Special Dinner hosted in the honor of the world renowned humanitarian and actor Mr. Richard Gere at the US Embassy in New Delhi on Sunday the 15th of January 2017. Many eminent guests were present for the evening including the Prime Minister of Tibetan Government in Exile, Mr. Lobsang Sangay, Pujya Swami Chidananda Saraswati Ji, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati Ji, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr. Kiren Rijiju, Hon'ble Minister for Cooperative and Ladakh Affairs, (Govt. of J & K) Mr. Tsering Dorje Lakrook, among many other dignitaries. Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena expressed his happiness to meet Mr. Richard Gere and both shared insightful discussion wherein Mr. Richard Gere expressed his deep appreciation to “Save the Himalaya Foundation” and showed keen interest in supporting this initiative taken by Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena. He also promised to visit Mahabodhi Campus in Leh Ladakh during his visit to Ladakh this summer.
Ven. Sanghasena, the founding president of Mahabodhi International Meditation Center (MIMC), Leh-Ladakh, visited Gujarat on June 27 and met with influential figures in Gujarat politics regarding organising the first International Festival of Buddhist Heritage of Gujarat tentatively scheduled to be held in the month of February, 2017.
Every Sunday, the Devachan family and guests from foreign countries get together at the Prayer Hall at Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC) to offer prayer, and for meditation and Dhamma discourse. But the Sunday on June 19 was a special one as more than 50 venerable monks from Thailand and above 30 Malaysian devotees along with guests from Germany, Italy, Austria, Japan and Singapore, also joined the Devachan family and offered prayers for world peace and later also did meditation.
Showing goodwill and extending its warm hands, the Indian Army donated computers, play station for kids, heating system in the winter for old age home and dental X-Ray machine for Mahabodhi Karuna Charitable Hospital at the Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre in Saboo Dho on June 23.
Lt Gen SK Patyal, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Army’s 14 Corps, visited Devachan Campus and, showing great generosity, donated these things for young students, patients and old people.
The International Day of Yoga was celebrated at Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre, Choglamsar, on June 21 on its school campus. With the help of Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy, Ministry of AYUSH, as MIMC in collaboration with Nehru Yuva Kendra Leh and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, the event was successfully conducted.