A quest for enlightenment | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, October 26, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 26, 2018

A quest for enlightenment

Alokito Buddha Jubo Shongho, a social organisation based in Kalachandpur operates to serve the community, based on the Buddhist philosophy of life. They recently organised an event titled Buddha Shishu Kishor Utshab, where around 300 young children of the Buddhist faith participated in an essay writing and art competition. The essays were based on the practice of self control, charity and meditation. The programme was conducted across three different temples in the capital.

Founder of Alokito Buddha Jubo Shongho, Avijit Barua works as a senior executive in a telecommunication firm during the day and by the evening, spends his time investing in his own organisation. “Our mission is to educate young children based on the teachings and ways of Buddha,” says Avijit. “If we can sow the seeds of righteousness during the early stages, then these children will be on the right path and hopefully grow up to be better human beings.”

The event was inaugurated by Dipal Chandra Barua, President of Bangladesh Buddha Samity of the Dhaka chapter. The chief guest of the programme was Barrister Biplop Barua along with special guests Assistant Professor Nafeez Al Amin from Daffodil International University and actor Siam Ahmed. The evening came to an end with a cultural show where the children took part with much enthusiasm. Avijit Barua plans to expand his efforts in the years to come and also include children of other faiths, to spread the message of positivity.

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