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Exclusive Interview with Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai in New York, Sept 21 2011

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 26, 2011

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Buddhist View on Death and Rebirth by Venerable Thich Nguyen Tang

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 25, 2011

Buddhist View on Death and Rebirth
By Venerable Thich Nguyen Tang As a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, working as a Buddhist chaplain at several of Melbourne’s hospitals and as well as Melbourne assessment prison, I have witnessed many personal tragedies faced by the living and of course the very process of dying and that of death and many of these poor people faced their death with fear, with misery and pain before departing this world.  With the images of all these in my mind, on this occasion, I wish to share my view from the perspective of a Buddhist and we hope that people would feel far more relaxed in facing this inevitable end since it is really “not the end of life”, according to our belief.

Death and the impermanence of life

In the teaching of the Buddha, all of us will pass away eventually as a part in the natural process of birth, old-age and death and that we should always keep in mind the impermanence of life.  The life that we all cherish and wish to hold on.

To Buddhism, however, death is not the end of life, it is merely the end of the body we inhabit in this life, but our spirit will still remain and seek out through the need of attachment, attachment to a new body and new life. Where they will be born is a result of the past and the accumulation of positive and negative action, and the resultant karma (cause and effect) is a result of ones past actions. Read the rest of this entry »

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प्रधानमन्त्रीद्धारा लुम्बिनी बिकासमा जोड

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 25, 2011

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किन बनायो भारतले आफ्नै लुम्बिनी ?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 24, 2011

By डा.विनिता

नेपालको लुम्बिनी र बुद्धको देश नेपाल भन्ने भनाईबाट कसैलाई बढी आपत्ति छ भने त्यो विश्वकै एकमात्र देश भारत हो। अहिले लुम्बिनीमा ३ अर्ब लगानी गर्न आएका चीन लगायतका बौद्धमार्गीलाई कसैले अप्ठेरो पार्दै आपत्ति प्रकट गरेको छ भने त्यो भारतले हो। भारतकै दबाब झेल्न नसकेर संस्कृति सचिव मोदराज डोटेलले राजीनामा समेत दिएका छन्। एपेक टोली नेपाल आएर राजनीतिकर्मीहरुलाई भेट गरेको छ र लुम्बिनीसमेत भ्रमण गरिसकेको छ। लुम्बिनी विकास कोष र सरकारले आफूले खर्च गर्न नपाएपछि हामीलाई थाहै नदिएको भन्ने आरोप लगाएका छन्। बुद्धको आसन भनेर लुम्बिनीको बोधीबृक्ष काटेर पिर्का बनाउँदै डलरमा बेच्ने र बुद्धका नाममा विदेश भ्रमण गरेर व्यक्तिगत स्वार्थपूर्ति गर्नेहरु चीनको यो लगानी प्रकरणबाट आत्तिन पुगेका छन्।  Read the rest of this entry »

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Address by the Rt. Hon. Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, Prime Minister of Nepal, to the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 24, 2011

Nepal is an enchanting land of Mt. Everest, the top of the world. It is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, the apostle of peace.

At a time when humanity is so much in need of peace, and we all are striving for it, we particularly appeal for the development of Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, as the fountain of world peace through effective international support and cooperation. The International Committee for Development of Lumbini needs to be reactivated at the earliest. 

Mr. President,
Mr. Secretary-General,
Distinguished Delegates.

Let me begin by congratulating you, Mr. President, on your election to the President of the Sixty-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly. I also take this opportunity to sincerely thank the outgoing President, His Excellency Mr. Joseph Deiss, for having successfully steered the Sixty-fifth session. Let me also express our sincere appreciation to His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations for strong commitment and dedication with which he has been serving the United Nations. We wish him further success in his second term. Nepal warmly welcomes the Republic of South Sudan as a newest member of the United Nations.

Mr. President,
It is a distinct honor and privilege for me to bring to this august Assembly the voice of the voiceless of the world. I have brought with me greetings from the nearly 30 million toiling but proud people of Nepal, who have recently liberated themselves from age-old feudal monarchy and autocracy. Nepal is an enchanting land of Mt. Everest, the top of the world. It is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, the apostle of peace. And it possesses an unbelievable variety of natural beauty and diversity. Read the rest of this entry »

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UN supports APECF’s Lumbini plan: Xiao Wunan

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 14, 2011


There has been great excitement, debate and controversy about the plans of the Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (APECF) to mobilize investment of US$3 billion for the development of Lumbini as a Special Development Zone (SDZ). Purna Basnet caught up with Xiao Wunan, executive vice-chairman of APECF in Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong last Friday to shed more lights on the issue.


What is the current position of the Lumbini plan?

It is in the planning stage. Some reports said China is investing US$3 billion but without a feasibility study no one can invest such a big amount. We will hire a professional team for planning, which will take about one year. We hope that will happen faster but it will certainly take at least six months. APECF needs a concrete idea to come to Lumbini. APECF signed the MoU with UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Beijing, for feasibility study. UNIDO is a consultant for planning and framework designer of the project.

Was a MoU actually signed with UNIDO?

Yes, but there has been some misunderstanding and distortion in this regard. The misunderstanding was that UNIDO would get a slice of the profits. But that’s not the case; UNIDO was acting as a consultant for planning.

But the UNIDO headquarters refused to recognize the MoU. What is your take on that?

I cannot answer this question on the record.

Don´t you think that the MoU signed by APECF and UNIDO in Beijing is against Nepal’s national sovereignty?

It is a part of the process. When we wanted to do this project, we needed to get the approval of Nepal. Before signing the MoU with UNIDO, I met more than 10 members of the cabinet of Nepal, including the finance and deputy prime minister and culture minister. UNIDO as a consultant was advising us on whether or not to go ahead with this project and how to carry it out.

We hired five organizations, among them a famous US think tank, to study the possibility of this project and a bank to advise us on the investment risks. So, before all these study reports come out, we would not know what the political, economic and social risks are. The MoU was signed just for feasibility study. Lumbini belongs to Nepal and Nepali people are going to benefit from it. So this is not against Nepal´s national sovereignty. Read the rest of this entry »

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थाई राजाको चौरासीमा नेपाली सर्जाम

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 12, 2011

सुरेन्द्र पौडेल, काठमाडौँ, भदौ २५- थाइल्यान्डका राजा भूमिबोल आदिल्यादेजको चौरासी पूजाको अवसरमा आयोजना गरिने अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मेलामा नेपाल झल्किने बगैंचा बनाउन सरकारले विशेष वनस्पति पठाउने भएको छ।

आफूलाई राजा जनकको सन्तान मान्ने थाई राजा भूमिबोलको आउँदो कात्तिकमा चौरासी पूजा हुँदैछ। हिन्दु र बौद्ध धर्मअनुसार ८४ औं जन्मदिनको अवसरमा यस्तो पूजा गरिन्छ। थाई रानीको ८० औं जन्मदिन र युवराजको ६० औं जन्मदिन पनि यही सेरोफेरोमा पर्छ।

यही मेलोमा थाइल्यान्डको कृषि मन्त्रालयले कात्तिक २३ देखि फागुन ३ सम्म (९९ दिन) राजधानी बैंककको च्याङमाईस्थत ‘रोयल फ्लोरा राजा प्रुएक ‘ पार्कमा अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय कृषि मेला गर्न लागेको हो।

मेलामा नेपाली बगैंचा निर्माण गर्न वर, पिपल, रुद्राक्ष, नेपाली दुबो, सयपत्री र मखमली फूल पठाउन लागेको परराष्ट्र मन्त्रालयले जनाएको छ। वनस्पति छनोट गरी थाइल्यान्ड पठाउन कृषि विभागको क्वारेन्टाइन महाशाखाले परराष्ट्रलाई सहयोग गरिरहेको छ।

परराष्ट्रका उपसचिव दिलीपकुमार पौडेलले नेपाल झल्किने बगैंचा निर्माण गर्न वनस्पति छनोट गरी थाई विदेश मन्त्रालयसँग पत्राचार गरिरहेको जानकारी दिए। ‘बगैंचा बनाउने जिम्मा नेपालले पाइसक्यो, यो-यो वनस्पति रोप्दैछौं भनी अनुमति मागेका छौं, ‘ उनले भने, ‘जवाफ आउने बित्तिकै पठाउँछौं।’ बगैंचाको नेपाल झल्किने हिस्सा झन्डै १२ आनाको हुनेछ। Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddha: How to Tame Your Monkey Mind

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 4, 2011

By B J Gallagher, Sociologist, best-selling author and popular speaker.

The Buddha was the smartest psychologist I’ve ever read. More than 2,500 years ago he was teaching people about the human mind so that they might understand themselves better and discover that there was a way out of suffering. Buddha wasn’t a god or a messiah — he was simply a very wise teacher with keen insights into human nature. He learned much by meditating and learning from his own experiences, as well as by observing the behavior of others.

Buddha described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, carrying on endlessly. We all have monkey minds, Buddha said, with dozens of monkeys all clamoring for attention. Fear is an especially loud monkey, sounding the alarm incessantly, pointing out all the things we should be wary of and everything that could go wrong.

Buddha showed his students how to meditate in order to tame the drunken monkeys in their minds. It’s useless to fight with the monkeys or to try to banish them from your mind because, as we all know, that which you resist persists. Instead, Buddha said, if you will spend some time each day in quiet meditation — simply calm your mind by focusing on your breathing or a simple mantra — you can, over time, tame the monkeys. They will grow more peaceful if you lovingly bring them into submission with a consistent practice of meditation.

I’ve found that the Buddha was right. Meditation is a wonderful way to quiet the voices of fear, anxiety, worry and other negative emotions.

I’ve also found that engaging the monkeys in gentle conversation can sometimes calm them down. I’ll give you an example: Fear seems to be an especially noisy monkey for people like me who own their own business. As the years go by, Fear Monkey shows up less often, but when he does, he’s always very intense. So I take a little time out to talk to him. Read the rest of this entry »

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