The All India Bhikkhu Sangha is the oldest ‘Apex Pan-India Society’ uniting the Bhikkhus and giving them the credibility to serve the Indian Buddhist Society...
Over the decades the All India Bhikkhu Sangha have undertaken a number of meaningful activities for the benefit for the Buddhist practitioners...

All India Bhikkhu Sangha - Overview

The All India Bhikkhu Sangha is the oldest ‘Apex Pan-India Society’ uniting the Bhikkhus and giving them the credibility to serve the Indian Buddhist Society since the early 1970’s. Registered under the Society Act XX1 of 1860, Vide 37-1971-72, dated 10th Oct. 1972. The Society was inspired by and motivated by the eminent Scholar Monk Maha Thero Jagdish Kashyap.Who felt the dire need to see that Indian Buddhism was once again revived and firmly established in the ‘land of its origin.’ It was his great desire that monks from all over India spread the sublime teachings of the Buddha and set an example by living lives of chastity,compassion and a pure life. It is also worth mentioning that Maha Thero Jagdish Kashyap was also the Founder of Nava Nalanda Mahavihar (now deemed Buddhist University),Nalanda.

About All India Bhikkhu Sangha

At that period, in the early 70’s, when India was a very young, Indedpendent Democracy, Maha Thero Jagdish Kashyap was aware of the reasons why Buddhism had lost its credibility in India centuries ago – and did not want that history to be repeated again. Hence, with the cooperation of Wat Thai, Bodh Gaya (who had built a Monastery in the Holy Land in 1957 on the invitation Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India), he invited the Buddhist Monks to establish a ‘All India Bhikkhu Sangha’ in 1970. Two years and many meetings later, on 10th, October 1972 the All India Bhikkhu Sangha came into official existence.

Over the last 5 decades, the All India Bhikkhu Sangha, has grown in innumerable dimension by establising a Monastery at Bodh Gaya, which was inaugurated by H.E. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India, on 3rd May 2003. The Monastery has rest rooms for visiting monks and pilgrims, a well stocked library of Buddhist scriptures and books and ample space and garden for meditation and peaceful contemplation.

Under the guidance of very eminent Monks such as Bhadant Anand Mitra Mahathero, Bhadant Anand Kausalayan Mahathero, Bhadant Visuddhanand Mahathero, Bhadanth Medhankar Mahathero, who over the decades have been the Presidents of the Sangha and who have inspired and guided it to the prestigeous place it presently holds in the Buddhist World. The present President of the Sangha is Dr. Bhadant Dr. Dhammaviryo, a monk with outstanding qualities and an able guide to over 2000 members, which is the present strength of the All India Bhikkhu Sangha.

Presently, the General Secretary of the All India Bhikkhu Sangha is Bhadant Pragya Deep Mahathero, who has selflessly worked for the last two decades establishing the Society to the status and respect as a priemer Organization it holds within the Buddhist world globally. We invite monks from all over India to join us by becoming members and working in spreading the Buddha Sasana with their State/District/Village etc.

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Pilgrimage Places

  • : Bodh Gaya :

    Bodh Gaya is very Popular Buddhist Centre which is located in Gaya district in India. This is famous for the place of Gautama Buddha's being attainment.

  • : Rajgir :

    The teachings of Buddha was penned down at Rajgir and it was also the venue for the first Buddhist Council. Today Rajgir has come up as one of the most important pilgrimage for the Buddhist.

  • : Nalanda :

    Nalanda, a part of the Budhist circuit, is famous for the the ancient International Monastic University. Established in 5th century BC by the Gupta Emperors, it was a famous learning centres in ancient times.

  • : Barabar Caves :

    The Barabar Caves are the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India.mostly dating from the Mauryan period (322–185 BCE),and some with Ashokan inscriptions,located in the Jehanabad District,24 km north of Gaya.

  • : Vaishali :

    Vaishali hosted the second great Buddhist council. Two stupas were erected to commemorate this event. Jainism, too, has its origins in Vaishali, for in 527 B.C., Lord Mahavir was born on the outskirts of the city, and lived in Vaishali till he was 22. Vaishali is then twice blessed and remains an important pilgrim center for both Buddhists and Jains, attracting also historians foraging for the past.

  • : Jethian :

    After achieving enlightenment, as a gesture of keeping the promise meet King Bimbasara, Gautama Buddha, accompanied by the large group of monks visited Rajgir. Hearing the news of Buddha visiting him, Bimbasara, his wife along with royal entourage came out of the city and welcomed the Buddha. The place where both the great men met is the present day Jethian, the then village of Lativana. The place where Buddha stayed in Jethian had been marked as a Stupa, built over the Supatittha Cetiya, which is now reduced to a large mound. Besides this, a large and impressive statue of the Buddha adorns the site.