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नक्कली लुम्बिनी बनाउने भारतीय प्रयासमा तुषारापात

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 31, 2011

तिलौराकोटमुनी शहरको अबशेष भेटियो

१७ माघ, काठमाडौं । बुद्ध भारतमा जन्मिएको देखाउन उत्तर प्रदेशको अलिगढवामा नक्कली लुम्बिनी बनाइरहेको भारतको प्रयास ‘वालुवामा पानी’ सावित हुने भएको छ ।

हालै एक बेलायती बिश्वबिद्यालयले गरेको अनुसन्धानमा कपिलवस्तुको तिलौराकोटमा बुद्धकालीन सहर नै रहेको पत्ता लागेपछि बुद्धलाई आफ्नै पेवा बनाउने भारतीय प्रयास ब्रेक लागेको हो । हजारौँ वर्ष पुराना पुरातात्विक महत्वका संरचना पत्ता लगाउन सक्ने अत्याधुनिक प्रबिधि प्रयोग गरी जहाजबाट गरिएको एक्स-रेले तिलौराकोटमुनि सहर नै रहेको पत्ता लागेको हो । बेलायती विश्वविद्यालय डरहामका विशेषज्ञले हवाईजहाजबाट गरेको अनुसन्धानले तिलौराकोटको भूगर्भमा दरबार, ४ लेनको सडक, दुईतिर घर, सहर र उद्यानसमेत आधा किमि लम्बाइको व्यवस्थित बस्ती रहेको पुष्टि गरेको छ ।

एक महिनाअघि गरिएको अनुसन्धानबाट अहिलेसम्म पनि उपर्युक्त संरचना तिलौराकोटमा विद्यमान रहेको वेलायती टोलीले पत्ता लगाएको हो । उत्खनन नगरी बाहिरबाट हेर्दा नै यति धेरै संरचना पत्ता लागेकाले उत्खनन गर्दा अरू प्रशस्तै ऐतिहासिक सामग्री पाइने आशा गरिएको छ ।

त्यहाँ पाइने इँटालगायतका अन्य सामग्रीबाट पनि तिनीहरू कति सय वर्ष पुराना हुन् भनी पत्ता लगाउन सकिन्छ । बुद्धकालीन वा सोभन्दा पुरानो सहर, दरबार र अन्य संरचना जस्ताको तस्तै उत्खनन गरी प्रदर्शनयोग्य बनाउन ५ वर्ष लाग्ने अनुसन्धानमा संलग्नहरुले जनाएका छन् । यसअनुसार, ३ वर्ष उत्खनन, एक वर्ष संग्रहालयका रूपमा व्यवस्थापन र अर्को एक वर्षमा विश्वसामु यसको सार्वजनिकीकरण गरिने कार्यक्रम छ ।

के गर्दै छ भारतले ?

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Ban pledges support for Lumbini’s development

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 26, 2011

KATHMANDU , JAN 25 – Minister for Federal Affairs, Constituent Assembly, Parliamentary Affairs and Culture Minendra Rijal held a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on Tuesday.

The meeting primarily dwelled on the development of Lumbini.

Minister Rijal underlined the need for fully recognising the enormous potential and significance of Lumbini as an enduring source of international peace, security and harmony, the bedrock of the UN Charter, according to Nepal’s Permanent Mission to the UN.

During the meeting, the Secretary-General mentioned that he was very much impressed by the beauty of Lumbini when he visited it in 2008. He, however, said much remains to be done to preserve the sacred place. Read the rest of this entry »

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कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियान नेपाल समिति गठन

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 24, 2011

काठमाडौं माघ ८ २०६७ । भगवान् बुद्धको जन्मस्थल लुम्बिनी र कपिलवस्तुलाई विश्व सामु परिचित गराउने उद्देश्यका साथ डिसेम्बर १ २००९ का दिन शुरु भएको कपिलवस्तु दिवस विश्व अभियानको विश्व कार्य समितिले पूर्णता पाएपस्चात यस्को विश्व सन्जाल बिस्तार गर्ने क्रममा बिभिन्न देशहरुमा राष्ट्रिय समितिहरु गठन कार्य तिब्र गतिमा अगाढि बढिरहेको छ । यसै सिलसिलामा यस अभियानको नेपाल समिति गठन गरिएको छ । नेपाल पर्यटन वर्ष २०११ को सन्दर्भमा लुम्बिनी र कपिलवस्तुलाई पर्यटकीय गन्तव्यस्थलको रुपमा मात्रै प्रचारप्रसार नगरी विश्वभर छरिएर रहेका बौद्ध धर्मावलम्बीहरुको पवित्र तीर्थस्थलको रुपमा समेत प्रचारप्रसार गर्न योगदान दिने प्रमुख उद्देश्यका साथ कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियान नेपाल समिति गठन गरिएको हो । सो अवसरमा अभियानले गर्नु पर्ने आगामी कार्यक्रम बारेमा पनि सल्लाहकार र सदस्य बीच अन्तरकि्रया भयो । Read the rest of this entry »

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The new draft shows China’s desire to improve ties with Nepal through its heritage institutions

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 19, 2011

By ANIL GIRI

KATHMANDU, DEC 06 – In a bid to redefine bilateral relations in line with the changed political context of Nepal, China has handed a draft of the new Nepal-China Cultural Cooperation Treaty.

The three-page draft treaty given to Culture Minister Minendra Rijal by visiting Chinese Culture Minister Cai Wu in a bilateral meeting at the Ministry of Culture on Sunday is expected to replace the existing Nepal-China Cultural Cooperation Agreement of 1999. The move comes a year after the northern neighbour offered a renewal of the Nepal-China Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1960. The 1999 Cultural Cooperation Agreement had replaced the first 1964 agreement on Sino-Nepalese Cultural cooperation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Survey begins at birth place of Buddha in Lumbini

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 19, 2011

KathmandU, JAN. 12
An international team of archaeologists has begun a three-year survey, coordinated by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ( UNESCO) of the archaeological ruins of Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal.

Lumbini is a world-renowned Buddhist pilgrimage destination and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997.

The project, funded by the Japanese Government and coordinated by the UNESCO office in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, aims to identify the presence, or absence, of archaeological deposits, invisible below the surface, so that appropriate placing of pilgrim facilities can be made without damaging valuable archaeological resources.

“UNESCO welcomes the implementation of this innovative and interdisciplinary project which mobilises national and international experts towards the strengthening and conservation of the World Heritage Property of Lumbini for the benefit of humanity,” said Axel Plathe, Head of UNESCO’s Kathmandu Office. Read the rest of this entry »

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कपिलवस्तु महोत्सब: कपिलबस्तु दिवस ब्यानर

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 16, 2011

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UN-backed project to conserve Buddha’s birthplace in Nepal begins

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 12, 2011

The Maya Devi Temple

11 January 2011 – An international team of archaeologists has begun a three-year survey, coordinated by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), of the archaeological ruins of Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal.

Lumbini is a world-renowned Buddhist pilgrimage destination and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997.

The project, funded by the Japanese Government and coordinated by the UNESCO office in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, aims to identify the presence, or absence, of archaeological deposits, invisible below the surface, so that appropriate placing of pilgrim facilities can be made without damaging valuable archaeological resources.

“UNESCO welcomes the implementation of this innovative and interdisciplinary project which mobilises national and international experts towards the strengthening and conservation of the World Heritage Property of Lumbini for the benefit of humanity,”said Axel Plathe, Head of UNESCO’s Kathmandu Office.

The team of archaeologists, including experts from Nepal’s Department of Archaeology and the Lumbini Development Trust, is directed by Robin Coningham, UNESCO Archaeological Expert and Professor of Archaeology, University of Durham.

“This project offers a unique opportunity to investigate some of the earliest developmental phases of one of the world’s great religious traditions, and will introduce new scientific evidence into the debate surrounding the date of the Buddha’s birth,” said Mr. Coningham.

Siddhartha Gautama, who later became Buddha, was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini. The Indian emperor Ashoka, a pilgrim to the site, erected a commemorative pillar there.

The three-year initiative is part of a larger project entitled “Strengthening the Conservation and Management of Lumbini, the Birthplace of Lord Buddha,” launched last year to address a number of issues and challenges facing the World Heritage site, including the deteriorating condition of the Marker Stone and the Ashokan pillar, as well as inadequately mapped associated archaeological remains both within the site and in the adjacent areas.

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एउटा कवि: नेपथ्यभित्र / नेपथ्य बाहिर

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 12, 2011

मधु माधुर्य ( हाल: मस्को ), कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियान यूरोप संयोजक

कोठामा छिरेपछि
कविले सफेद पानामा “शान्ति” कविता लेख्यो
कोठाबाट निस्कानेबेला उसले
केहि परेवाको हाडखुर,नंग्रा र प्वाँखको पोको
फोहोर- कन्टेनरमा मिल्कायो

यता, कवितामा उसले
नारी-स्वतन्त्रताको खाका कोर्दै थियो
उता अस्पतालमा, उनको श्रीमती
गन्दै थिई कविको प्रहारले सिर्जेको
नीलडामरुपी टाटुहरु

मसँग कविले
पुरस्कार किन्नु राम्रो काम होइन भन्दै थियो
मेरो साथीसँगको गोप्य भेटमा कविले
यो सालको पुरस्कार र सम्मान
उसैलाई चाहियो भनी चाकडी गर्दै थियो  Read the rest of this entry »

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कपिलबस्तु दिवस अभियानकी सल्लाहकार आनी पर्यटन सद्‌भावना राजदूत

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 9, 2011

कपिलबस्तु दिवस अभियानकी सल्लाहकार गायिका आनी छोयिङ डोल्मालाई नेपाल पर्यटन बर्ष–२०११ का लागि सद्‌भावना राजदूत घोषणा गरिएको छ । नेपाल पर्यटन बोर्डको गत आइतवार बसेको कार्यकारी समितिको बैठकले उनलाई सद्‌भावना राजदूत चयन गर्ने निर्णय गरेको हो । उनलाई बिभिन्न अन्तरराष्ट्रिय कार्यक्रमहरुमा आफ्नो गीतहरु प्रस्तुत गर्दा नेपाल घुम्न श्रोताहरुलाई व्यक्तिगत रुपमा निमण्त्रणा दिने हुनले पनि पर्यटन बर्ष २०११ का लागि सद्‌भावना राजदूत चयन गरिएको बताइएको छ ।
सो निर्णयपस्चात निर्णयबारे प्रतिकृया दिंदै गायिका डोल्माले भनिन्: “मलाई खुशी लागेको छ, मेरो तर्फबाट सक्ने जति सहयो गर्नेछु” ।

फुलको आँखामा फुलै संसार…….लगायतका चर्चित गीतहरु गाएकी डोल्मा अन्तरराष्ट्रिय रुपमा पनि बिभिन्न कार्यक्रमहरुमा सहभागी हुने गर्छिन् । उनले त्यस्ता कार्यक्रमहरु मार्फत मुलुकको बारेमा प्रचार प्रसार पनि गर्दै आएकी छन् । Read the rest of this entry »

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कपिलबस्तु दिवस अभियान डेनमार्क राष्ट्रिय समिति गठन

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 9, 2011

विष्णु प्रसाद पौडेल, कोपनहेगन, डेनमार्क: कपिलवस्तु भारतमा पर्छ र शान्तिका अग्रदुत गौतम वुद्ध भारतमै जन्मेका हुन भनेर विश्व समाजलाई भ्रममा पार्ने खेतीलाई जरैदेखि समाप्त पार्न सम्पूर्ण नेपाली एवं यस झूठप्रति सचेत सम्पूर्ण जनलाई संगठित गर्ने उद्देश्यले मिति २०६७ वैसाख ३० तदनुसार १३ मई २०१० का दिन डेनमार्कमा रहनु भएका नेपालीहरु वीच एउटा भेला आयोजना गरी १७ सदस्सीय कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियान डेनमार्क राष्ट्रिय समिति (तदर्थ) गठन गरिएकोमा त्यस्मा दुई जना थपी विष्णु प्रसाद पौडेल (कपिलबस्तु)को राष्ट्रिय संयोजकत्वमा  १९ जनाको कपिलबस्तु दिवस अभियान डेनमार्क राष्ट्रिय समिति गठन गरिएको छ । समितिका अन्य संयोजकहरुमा दीपक सापकोटा (झापा), रवी क्षेत्री (काठमाण्डौ), सुभाष घिमिरे (कपिलवस्तु), सन्तोष वस्नेत (झापा), हरी न्योपाने (चितवन), प्रकाश श्रेष्ठ (नुवाकोट), भोपाल वानिया (रुपन्देही), संजीव गिरी (काठमाण्डौ), सालिकराम शर्मा (वाग्लुङ्ग), नरेन्द्र वस्नेत (झापा), सिद्धार्थभक्त भण्डारी (स्याङ्गजा), वेविता ढकाल (इटहरी), भानेश्वर पोख्रेल (चितवन), प्रमिला अधिकारी (विराटनगर), सरस्वती भुषाल (अर्धाखाँची) र युबराज घिमिरे हुनुहुन्छ ।
भेलाले छिमेकी देश भारतले नेपालको ऐतिहासिक पहिचान, राष्ट्रिय स्वाभिमानप्रति धावा वोलि रहेको तथा विश्व शान्तिका अग्रदुत एबं सत्यका पर्यायबाची भगवान गौतम वुद्धको घोर अपमान गरिरहेको प्रसंगप्रति निकै सम्वेदनशील एंव स्तब्ध हुँदै यस किसिमका नाजायज  गतिबिधिहरुलाई निस्तेज पार्ने प्रतिबद्धता जाहेर गरेको छ ।  आजको युगमा कटु सत्यमाथि भएको खुल्ला एवं नाङ्गो हस्तक्षेप सहन गर्न वाध्य हामी नेपाली वास्तविकतालाई वुझी सत्य पक्षलाई साथ दिन सरकार तथा जिम्मेवार निकायप्रति आग्रह समेत गरेको छ उक्त भेलाले । Read the rest of this entry »

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समानान्तर दृश्यहरु

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 8, 2011

– डा. मधु माधुर्य, कपिलबस्तु दिवस अभियान यूरोप संयोजक

आँखा खोलेपछि
रसायनिक प्रतिक्रिया शुरु हुन्छ भित्र-भित्रै
र देखिन थाल्छन् विविध दृश्यहरु
प्रेम र घृणाका प्रकरणहरु
अर्थात् निर्माण र विनासका शृंखलाहरु ! 

भगवानले मान्छे बनाएको देखेको छैन
मैले
मान्छेले –
भगवान बनाएको देखेको छु
उसको प्रतिमा बनाएको देखेको छु
मान्छेलाई पशु बनाएको देखेको छु

आज मैले आफ्नै हातले
बुद्धको प्रतिमा बनाएको छु:
खुला छन् आँखाहरु:
कुन दिशा फर्काउन पर्ने हो उसको आँखा ? Read the rest of this entry »

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Karma

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 8, 2011

by Thanissaro Bhikkhu © 2000–2011

Karma is one of those words we don’t translate. Its basic meaning is simple enough — action — but because of the weight the Buddha’s teachings give to the role of action, the Sanskrit word karma packs in so many implications that the English word action can’t carry all its luggage. This is why we’ve simply airlifted the original word into our vocabulary.

But when we try unpacking the connotations the word carries now that it has arrived in everyday usage, we find that most of its luggage has gotten mixed up in transit. In the eyes of most Americans, karma functions like fate — bad fate, at that: an inexplicable, unchangeable force coming out of our past, for which we are somehow vaguely responsible and powerless to fight. “I guess it’s just my karma,” I’ve heard people sigh when bad fortune strikes with such force that they see no alternative to resigned acceptance. The fatalism implicit in this statement is one reason why so many of us are repelled by the concept of karma, for it sounds like the kind of callous myth-making that can justify almost any kind of suffering or injustice in the status quo: “If he’s poor, it’s because of his karma.” “If she’s been raped, it’s because of her karma.” From this it seems a short step to saying that he or she deserves to suffer, and so doesn’t deserve our help. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lord Buddha, Buddhism and its Pervasiveness in the world

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 6, 2011

By Dirgha Raj Prasai

Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini in the 6th century BC in mid Tarai, Nepal. Nepal has been a pious and holy land for all Buddhists as well as all kinds of religious men and women. Buddha has guided human society on the path of peace, non-violence and prosperous thinking. Gautam Buddha meditated at Sarnath-Banarash and acquired the Light of Knowledge (Mokchya) under the holy fig-tree at Gaya, which is now called Buddha Gaya.

A Nepalese scholar Rupesh Shrestha writes-The term Buddha means “Enlightened One”, and signifies that the person to whom it is applied has solved the riddle of existence, and discovered the doctrine for the cessation of misery. Lord Buddha propounded Hinayana, a simple religion in which he followed to a large extent. This was a direct and simple philosophy that appealed to the masses.

Geographically, historically and politically, Nepal occupies a position in between two great empires of India and China and has drunk deeply from the two culturally rich springs, drawing inspirations from both its grand neighbors, as the political current ebbed or flowed – an influence clearly illustrated in the building styles of Nepal. In addition, there is the religious, cultural and philosophical effect of that great tide of Buddhism, which swept through the continent of Asia. Read the rest of this entry »

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REPLY FROM GOVERNMENT OF INDIA ON BUDDHA BIRTH PLACE

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 5, 2011

[This is an old document and already used its part in an article published in this blog. This is the reply from government from India on Buddha birth place and, hence, could have considerable value in the future as well. It is, therefore, decided to post the full reply here for the information]

From: National Archives of India <archives@nic.in>

To: Rana 1616 <rana1616@yahoo.com>
Sent: Tue, February 2, 2010 12:57:35 AM
Subject: Re: BUDDHA’S BIRTH PLACE/CONTROVERSY AGAIN/ THE POST-AMERICAN WORLD



F.No. 11-2/2010-R-I,

Government of India,

National Archives of India,

Janpath, New Delhi-110 001, the ____________

From:   archives@nic.in

To    : “Rana 1616”rana1616@yahoo.com

F.No.   11-2/2010 R-I

Subject:  Buddha’s birth place.

Sir,

This has reference to your e-mail dated 18 January 2010 on the aforementioned subject. I am to inform you that the desired information is not available in the record holdings of National Archives of India. However, you may contact the following addresses for eliciting the desired information. Read the rest of this entry »

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कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियान डेनमार्क समितिको सूचना

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 2, 2011

नेपाल पर्यटन वर्स २०११ को अवसरमा पर्यटन वर्स २०११ सम्बन्धी प्रचार-प्रसार कार्यक्रमको आयोजना गरिने  हुँदा निम्न मिति, समय र स्थानमा हामी  सम्पूर्ण डेनमार्कवासी नेपालीहरुलाई उपस्थितिका लागि निम्तो गर्दछौ ।
मिति- ७ जनवरी २०११
समय-दिउसो ठीक ३ बजेदेखी ५ बजेसम्म
स्थान- Amagertorv, Cph, Denmark
(होटेल यूरोपा अगाडिको चौक, पानीको फोहरा अगाडि, मामा रोजा रेस्टुरेन्ट पछाडि )
आयोजक
कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियान ।
संयोजक
बिष्णुप्रसाद पौडेल
संपर्क- बिष्णुप्रसाद पौडेल-२०९२९२८६, केदार दाहाल-२६८४६१४५, सरस्वती कार्की-२२८०७५६२, युबराज घिमिरे-२१८५०७७२

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