- 05 May 2023
- All Day
On the occasion of Buddha Purnima, the Buddha Study Centre organized a captivating Guest Talk titled “Discourse on Buddhist Perspective on Life and Well-being” at 12:30 PM in the esteemed ST PAULS Main Auditorium on 5 May 2023. The talk, which lasted for an hour, was followed by an engaging question and answer session, allowing the students to gain further insights into the topic. A total of 450 students participated in the event. The session commenced with a serene moment of silent prayer, setting the tone for the spiritual discourse that was about to unfold. This was followed by the traditional lighting of the lamp ceremony, symbolizing the dispelling of darkness and the illumination of knowledge. The Welcome Address was delivered by Miss Elizabath Jansy, Assistant Professor from the Department of Humanities, who warmly greeted the esteemed guests and attendees, expressing her gratitude for their presence.
Next, the Principal, Rev. Fr. Dr. Thomas M.J, graced the stage to honor the distinguished guest of the day, Dr. A Shivaraj. As a gesture of respect and appreciation, Dr. Thomas M.J presented Dr. Shivaraj with a sapling, symbolizing growth and vitality, along with a momento. Dr. Shivaraj, a retired DGM of HMT and a seasoned professor, has dedicated several decades to the practice of meditation and Vipassana. His extensive experience and profound knowledge made him an ideal choice for the guest speaker. Following the honorary session, Dr. Thomas M.J took the opportunity to address the students with a brief speech. He reflected upon the inherent beauty and serenity embedded within the teachings of Buddhism, emphasizing its potential to bring peace and harmony to individuals and societies alike.
To acquaint the audience with the illustrious speaker, Mr. Vivekananda, Assistant Professor from the Department of Humanities, provided a comprehensive profile introduction. This shed light on Dr. Shivaraj’s remarkable achievements and his deep understanding of Buddhist philosophy. Dr. Shivaraj then took center stage, captivating the audience with his erudition and eloquence. Over the course of the next forty-five minutes, he delved into the origins of Buddhism, expounded its philosophies and principles, and illuminated how Buddhism serves as a guiding light for perspectives on life and well-being. He emphasized the relevance and necessity of Vipassana meditation in today’s fast-paced world, highlighting its potential to cultivate mindfulness and inner peace. Following the enlightening discourse, an engaging question-and-answer session ensued, providing a platform for the audience to seek clarifications and delve deeper into the topic. Dr. Shivaraj graciously answered each question, further enriching the students’ understanding of Buddhism and its application in their lives. As the session neared its conclusion, Mr. Vivekananda, the Assistant Professor from the Department of Humanities, delivered the vote of thanks. He expressed heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Shivaraj for sharing his profound insights, and also extended appreciation to the organizing committee, volunteers, and the audience for their active participation and support. Throughout the entire program, Miss Samra Fuad, Assistant Professor from the Department of Humanities, skillfully emceed the event, ensuring its smooth flow and creating a conducive atmosphere for learning and contemplation.
The Guest Talk organized by the Buddha Study Centre on the occasion of Buddha Purnima was an enlightening and thought-provoking event. Dr. Shivaraj’s expertise, combined with the dedicated efforts of the organizers and the active participation of the attendees, made the talk a resounding success. The event served as a reminder of the profound teachings of Buddhism and its relevance in fostering well-being and spiritual growth in today’s world. The event was organized by faculty coordinators, Mr. Vivekananda and Miss Elizabath Jansy, Assistant Professors, Department of Humanities.