VIJAYAWADA:Among the numerous students studying for their masters’ degrees and doctorates at the Acharya Nagarjuna University here are several Buddhist monks.
Over the past 10 years, 40 monks have qualified themselves thus, and they include Vepulla from the Sitagu International Buddhist Academy in Myanmar, who has completed his MA and is pursuing Ph.D on ‘Worldly Life Vis-a-Vis The Buddhist Way of Life’. When Express asked him about the reason for doing Ph.D at the ANU, Vepulla explained: “Though we are Buddhist monks, we want to explore the world and to study about the contemporary issues and social tensions in the present society. We want to do an in-depth study in the context of the Buddhist way of life. We want to find solutions to the contemporary tensions faced by us by studying various subjects.”
Referring to the noble teachings of Buddha to enable his followers to achieve peace in the world, Vepulla explained that what he had taught were ‘Panna’ - ‘Seela’ - ‘Samadhi’ (Dhamma Wisdom, Dhamma Morality and Progressive Mental Development).