PM inaugurates Zen Garden and Kaizen Academy at AMA, Ahmedabad

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated a Zen Garden and Kaizen Academy at Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) at Ahmedabad via video conference today.

Describing the dedication of the Zen Garden and Kaizen Academy, as a symbol of ease and modernity of the India-Japan relationship, he thanked the leaders of Hyōgo Prefecture especially Governor ToshizōIdoand Hyōgo International association for their contribution to the establishment of the Zen Garden and Kaizen Academy.

Praising the Indo-Japan Friendship Association of Gujarat for giving new energy to India Japan relations, Mr. Modi said there are similarities between ‘Zen’ and Indian ‘Dhyan’, and dwelled on the emphasis on inner peace along with outer progress and growth in the two cultures.

“Indians will find the glimpse of the same peace, poise, and simplicity in this Zen garden, which they experienced in Yoga through the ages”, PM Modi said.

Buddha gave this ‘Dhyan’ this enlightenment to the world, said the Prime Minister. Similarly, the Prime Minister highlighted both external and internal meanings of Kaizen which not only emphasizes ‘improvement’ but ‘continuous improvement’.

The Prime Minister recalled that, as state Chief Minister, he implemented Kaizen in Gujarat administration. It was introduced in administrative training in Gujarat in 2004 and a special training camp was organized for the top civil servants in 2005.

‘Continuous improvement’ was reflected in the refinement of processes, leading to the positive impact on governance, the Prime Minister further informed that after becoming Prime Minister, he brought Kaizen related experience of Gujarat to PMO and other Central Government departments and Kaizen has been being used in many departments, institutions, and schemes of the Central Government.