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Visit Lumbini Year Program in Paris

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 5, 2012

Visit Lumbini Year Program in Paris

To mark the  Visit Lumbini Year 2012, the Embassy of Nepal in Paris organized a program last evening in Paris. Guests from the French Foreign Ministry, Ambassadors of India, Myanmar, Macedonia, Montenegro, Tanzania and other senior diplomats from the other diplomatic missions, French dignitaries from different walks of life including former Ambassadors to Nepal, Nepalese Honorary Consul/Consul General, Professors, Travel Agencies, Presidents of Nepalese Associations, UNESCO Professionals, and long term Nepali Residents in France attended the program.

At the start of the program, His Excellency Mr. Mohan Krishna Shrestha, Ambassador of Nepal to France alighted a candle in front of Lord Buddha’s statue. Delivering his welcome remarks, Ambassador Shrestha informed the guests that the Government of Nepal had decided to observe this year as Visit Lumbini Year and it was inaugurated by none other than Rt.Hon. the President of Nepal.

Giving a brief introduction of Lord Buddha – the Apostle of Peace, Ambassador Shrestha said that he was born in 623 B.C. in Lumbini, southern Nepal and he abandoned his royal garb, palace and family in search of Enlightenment. After six year’s rigorous meditation, Siddhartha attained Enlightenment at the age of 35 years in Bodhgaya under a Pipal tree. Then for another 45 years, Lord Buddha preached his message of peace, love, compassion, non-violence and tolerance. Lord Buddha left for his heavenly abode in Kushinagar at the age of 80 in 543 B.C.

To better human life, Lord Buddha preached to know 4 noble truths  like sufferings, their causes, end of suffering and  8 paths to end the sufferings.  Eight noble paths included, right view, right thought, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration. He further said that if we could imbibe and practice these sublime teachings of Lord Buddha, we can achieve happiness in life.

Highlighting conservation and developments works in Lumbini area, Ambassador Shrestha said that the Lumbini will be developed as a city of international peace and harmony. As a contribution to world peace,  an International Peace Prize has been established by the Government and same was awarded to two Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which bore the brunt of nuclear devastation in 1945.

Ambassador Shrestha appealed to the guests to preach and practice the teachings of Lord Buddha and visit Lumbini to achieve peace of mind saying it is the place to visit for every Buddhists and peace loving people.

At  last, Ambassador Shrestha gave some introduction of the naturally beautiful Nepal to the guests from Himalayas to culture to the way of the life of the Nepalese people.Guests were shown a RD Rom on Lumbini and Lord Buddha’s life. Nepalese dinner was served to the guests.

 

The  Embassy of Nepal

Paris, France

28 January 2012

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