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असली स्वरुप

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 31, 2012

By हरिकुमार श्रेष्ठ 

म आज आश्चर्य चकित छु
तिम्रा ती असली स्वरुप देख्दा
त्यसैले कसैले अब
तिम्रा ती रुप र रङ्गको
अनि नारदीय चरित्र र स्वभावको
जति नै व्याख्या गरे पनि अपुरो र अधुरो नै हुनेछ ।

मलाई अझै याद छ
मेरा पूर्वजहरुको नेपाली उखान टुक्का
“भाइ फुटे गवार लुटे”
तर आज कतियुग लागेर पो हो कि
ती उखान टुक्का पनि उल्टिँदो छ
त्यसैले त होला
तिमी जति जति भाइ फुटाउँछौ
त्यति त्यति गवार जित्दैछ
यसको मतलव
आज तिमीलाई “भाइ फुटे गवार लुटे” को सट्टा
“भाइ फुटे गवार जिते” पो भइ रहेछ
त्यसैले होला
तिम्रो कार्यक्षेत्र फस्टाउँदो छ
तिम्रो डलरखेती मौलाउँदो छ
नितान्त स्वार्थ र घिनलाग्दो
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Lumbini birthplace of the Buddha

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 27, 2012

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अभियानका सांस्कृतिक दूत प्रेमराजा महत संयुक्तराज्य अमेरिकाको महाबाणिज्यदुतमा नियुक्त

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 27, 2012

काठमाडौ, १३ चैत । नेपालको तर्फबाट संयुक्तराज्य अमेरिकाको दुई राज्यहरु मेरिल्याण्ड र पेन्सिलभानियाका लागि बाणिज्य दुत रहनु भएका लोक गायक प्रेमराजा महतलाई नेपाल सरकारले अमेरिकाको लागि महाबाणिज्यदुतमा नियुक्त गरेको छ । लामो समयदेखि नेपाली समुदायको हितमा सकृय महत चर्चित लोक गायक समेत हुनुहुन्छ ।

प्रेम राजा महतलाई अभियानको सांस्कृतिक दूतको प्रमाणपत्र नेपालमा तेश्रो लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस मनाउने क्रममा कार्यक्र्मका प्रमुख अतिथि पूर्व प्रधानमन्त्री पुष्प कमल दाहाल प्रचन्डले प्रदान गर्नु भएको थियो ।

प्रेम राजा महत लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियानका सांस्कृतिक दूत हुनुहुन्छ । अभियान उहाँलाई हार्दिक बधाई ज्ञापन गर्दै उहाँको कार्यकाल सफल होस भनी कामना गर्दछ ।

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राष्ट्र बैँकको सकारात्मक पहल : सय रुपैयाँको नोटमा बुद्ध चिनाउने

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 26, 2012

१३ चैत, काठमाण्डौ । भारतले गौतम बुद्ध आफ्नो देशमा जन्मिएको हल्ला गर्न कपिलबस्तु जस्तै भूमि निर्माण गरिहेको बेला बुद्धको जन्मस्थल लुम्बिनीको प्रचार गर्न तम्सिएको नेपाल राष्ट्र वैंकले अब नेपाली एक सय रुपैयाँको नोटमा गौतम बुद्धको जन्मस्थल लुम्बिनी र अशोक स्तम्भ राख्ने भएको छ ।

गौतम बुद्ध नेपालकै हुन् भन्ने गतिलो प्रचार गर्न खोजेको राष्ट्रबैँकले अब सय रुपैयाँको नोटमा लेख्नेछ – लुम्बिनीः द बर्थ प्लेस अफ लर्ड बुद्ध ।’

गौतम बुद्ध नेपालमै जन्मिएका हुन भनेर प्रचार गर्न तम्मिएको नेपाल राष्ट्र वैंकले अब छाप्ने नोटमा यस्ता तस्वीर राख्न प्रस्ताव तयार पारि अर्थ मन्त्रालय पठाएको छ । अर्थले सो प्रस्तावलाई मन्त्रिपरिषद्मा लगेर स्वीकृति दिएपछि नोट छाप्ने काम सुरु हुने छ । लुम्बिनीका तस्वीर अंकित नोट बजारमा आउन ६ महिना लाग्ने छ ।

‘रुपैयाँ एक सय तुरुन्त पाइने छ’ भन्ने वाक्यको तल र गर्भनरको हस्ताक्षरको ठिक माथि हाल खाली रहेको स्थानमा अंग्रेजीमा लुम्बिनीः द बर्थ प्लेस अफ लर्ड बुद्ध ‘ लेख्न प्रस्ताव गरिएको राष्ट्र वैंक स्रोतले जनाएको छ । हाल तारादेवीको मूर्ति रहेको स्थानामा मायादेवीको मूर्ति र मन्दिर रहेको ठाउँमा अशोक स्तम्भ राख्न लागिएको छ ।

तर नोटमा गौतम बुद्धको तस्वीर भने राखिने छैन् । गौतम बुद्धको तस्वीर बिभिन्न आकारप्रकारका भएको र त्यसमा एकरुपता नभएकाले तस्वीर राख्न समस्या भएको बताइएको छ । अबदेखि कागजी नोटमा बिक्रम सम्बत र ईस्वी सम्वतमा निष्काशन मितिसमेत राखिने भएको छ ।

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भारतबाट ठुलो रकममा किनिए कुलचन्द्र गौतम

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 24, 2012

काठमाडौं, चैत्र ९ कुल चन्द्र गौतम९ चैत,काठमाडौ। सयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघमा आफ्नो पहुँच देखाएर राष्ट्रसंघका महासचिव वान कि मुनको भ्रमण रोकाउन सफल कुलचन्द्र गौतमको बारेमा नयाँ कुरा खूलासा हँदै आएका छन् ।

उनले राष्ट्रसंघको मुख्यालय न्युयोर्क पुगेरै महासचिव वान कि मुनको लुम्बिनी भ्रमण रोकाएका बताइएको छ।वानले आगामी वैशाखको १६ मा लुम्बिनीमा हुने सम्मेलनमा आउने जनाउ दिएपछि सरकारले गत शुक्रबार औपचारिक पत्र पठाएको थियो र सरकारले पत्र पठाएकै दिन काठमाडौंबाट अमेरिका उडेका गौतमले न्युयोर्कमा पनि आफ्नो पुरानो हैसियत दुरुपयोग गरेर वानको भ्रमण रोकाए लगतै उनका बारेमा खोज तलाश बढेको थियो।

लुम्बिनी विकासको जस प्रचण्डलाई जान्छ भन्ने बहानामा गौतमको र उनको केही सहयोगी टोलीले वानको भ्रमणविरोधी अभियान चलाएको भनेर आफै प्रोपोगण्डा गर्दै आइरहेका छन्। तर एउटा विश्वस्त स्रोतले भने यसको कारण अर्कै रहेको दावी गरेको छ।

उक्त स्रोतका अनुसार बुद्धको जन्मस्थल लाई भारतले आफ्नो देशमा पर्छ भनेर प्रचार गर्दै आइरहेको छ। राष्ट्रसंघकै महासचिव लु्म्विनी आएपछि बुद्धको जन्मस्थल नेपालनै हो भनेर विश्वभर सन्देश जाने र भारतको प्रचार ओझेलमा पर्ने निश्चित थियो। यसबाट कसैलाई फाइदा थियो भने त्यो नेपाल र कसैलाई घाटा थियो भने त्यो भारतलाई हुने थियो। यस्तो अवस्थमा कुलचन्द्र गौतमलाई भारतले ठुलो रकम र केही अन्य केही प्रलोभनमा पारेको स्रोतले दावी गरेको छ।

कुलचन्द्र गौतम सयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघको उप महासचिव भइसकेकाले उनको त्यहाँ केहि न केहि पुहँच छ भन्ने आधारमा भारतले उनलाई प्रयोग गर्ने चाहेको पनि दावी गरिएको छ। प्रचण्डसंग दुश्मनी भएकै आधारमा रातारात अमेरिका उडेर उनले भ्रमण रोकाए भन्ने कुरामा दम नभएको राजनैतिक विश्लेषकहरु पनि बताउँछन।

कुलचन्द्र गौतम अत्यन्त महत्वकांक्षी मानिन्छन र उनको सयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघको महासचिव हुने इच्छा पनि थियो। उनी आफनो सानो फाइदाको लागी जे पनि गर्ने मान्छैको रुपमा समेत चित्रित गरिन्छन। प्रचण्ड जसलाई आज उनी सबैभन्दा ठुलो दुश्मन मान्दछन, केही वर्ष अगाडी उनले अमेरिकाकको एउटा कार्यक्रममा प्रचण्डको चाकरी गर्दै मुक्तकण्ठले प्रशंसा गरेका थिए। तर प्रचण्डबाट सहयोग नपाएपछि उनमा ३६० डिग्रीको परिवर्तन आएको बताइन्छ। उनको यस योजनमा साथ रहेका कनकमणि दिक्षित पनि विवादित व्यक्ति हुन्।

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लुम्बिनीमा राष्ट्रसंघीय चासो

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 23, 2012

By टीकाराम राई

संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघका महासचिव बान कि मुनको प्रस्तावित नेपाल भ्रमण रोकिएपछि विभिन्न प्रश्नहरू उठेका छन् । बृहत्तर राष्ट्रिय लुम्बिनी विकास निर्देशक समितिले फागुन ३० गते महासचिव बान गौतमबुद्धको जन्मस्थल लुम्बिनी अवलोकन गर्न आउने बताएपछि यसबारे बहस चर्किएको थियो । एकथरीले पूर्वविद्रोही माओवादी अध्यक्ष पुष्पकमल दाहालले नेतृत्व गरेको निर्देशक समितिको निम्तोमा बानले लुम्बिनी भ्रमण गर्न नहुने तर्क गरेका थिए । अर्काथरीले बानले लुम्बिनी अवलोकन गर्दा लुम्बिनीको मात्र होइन, राष्ट्रलाई नै फाइदा हुने तर्क गरेका थिए । बानको भ्रमणका पक्षमा जनमत निर्माण भइरहेको अवस्थामा उनको भ्रमण स्थगित भएको छ । यसबाट लुम्बिनीको हित चाहनेहरू दुःखी भएका छन् ।

विश्वको जनसंख्या करिब ७ अर्बमध्ये करिब १.५ अर्ब इसाईहरूको छ । इसाई धर्मका संस्थापक जिसस क्राइस्टले ज्ञान प्राप्त गरेको स्थान भेटिकन सिटीलाई उनीहरू तीर्थस्थल मान्छन् र जीवनमा एकपल्ट त्यहाँं पुग्न मरिहत्ते गर्छन् । विश्वमा १.६ अर्ब जनसंख्या भएका मुस्लिमहरू साउदीको मक्कालाई पवित्र तीर्थस्थल मान्छन्, जहाँ इस्लाम धर्मका संस्थापक मोहम्मदको जन्म २६ अपि्रल ५७० मा भएको थियो । इसाईहरूको भेटिकन सिटी र मुस्लिमहरूको मक्का-मदिनाजस्तै ५० करोड बौद्ध धर्मावलम्बीहरूका लागि लुम्बिनी तीर्थस्थल हो, जहाँ बौद्धधर्मका संस्थापक बुद्धको जन्म ईसापूर्व ६२३ मा भएको थियो । त्यसैगरी ९० करोड हिन्दुहरूको एउटा प्रमुख तीर्थस्थल पशुपतिनाथ हो । यी माथिका तथ्यहरूबाट स्पष्ट हुन्छ, विश्वका कुल जनसंख्यामध्ये १ अर्ब ४० करोड जनसंख्या हिन्दु र बौद्धमार्गीहरूको छ । उनीहरूको तीर्थस्थल नेपालमा पर्छ । तर माल पाएर पनि चाल नपाउने हामी नेपालीले प्रचुर सम्भावना भएका यी दुई सम्पदास्थलको उपयोग गर्नसकेका छैनौं । Read the rest of this entry »

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कान्तिपुर संपादकीय: बान भ्रमणको महत्त्व

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 19, 2012

[ठूला मेडियाहरुको एक किसिमले नक्कली लुम्बिनीको सम्बन्धमा आबस्यक्तभन्दा बढी मौनताको बिषयमा बेला बखत सुनिने गरेको टिप्पणी र असन्तुस्टी अस्वाभाबिक होइन, तर चैत्र ५ को कान्तिपुरको सम्पादकीय अत्यन्तै प्रसंशनीय छ यो दृष्‍टिकोणले र यहाँ जानकारीको लागि पुन: प्रकाशित गरिएको छ ।]

संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघका महासचिव बान कि मुनलाई सरकारले नेपाल भ्रमणको औपचारिक निम्तो पठाएको छ । बानको भ्रमण राष्ट्रसंघको नेपालसँग बृहत्तर सम्बन्ध विस्तारसँग सम्बन्धित छ र त्यही उद्देश्यअनुरूप उनी आउन लागेका हुन् । गौतम बुद्धको जन्मथलो लुम्बिनी जाने योजना उनको भ्रमणको एउटा पाटो मात्र हो । नेपालमा राष्ट्रसंघको मुख्य चासो जारी शान्ति प्रक्रियालाई लिएर रहिआएको छ, जसको जग बसाउनमा उसको महत्त्वपूर्ण संलग्नता थियो । द्वन्द्वरत माओवादी र संसदीय पार्टीहरूबीच १२ बुँदेबाट शान्ति-समझदारी भएपछि त्यसको अनुगमन र लडाकुहरूको व्यवस्थापनका निम्ति राष्ट्रसंघले राजनीतिक मिसन -अनमिन) नै पठाएको थियो । अनमिनको बहिर्गमनपछि पनि नेपाली शान्ति प्रक्रिया राष्ट्रसंघीय ँराडार’ बाहिर नरहेको हामीले बिर्सनु हुन्न । शान्ति प्रक्रिया समापनको अन्तिम चरणमा पुगेको यसबेला हुन लागेको बानको भ्रमण यस अर्थमा महत्त्वपूर्ण छ । उनको भ्रमणले शान्ति प्रक्रिया टुंग्याउन पूर्वविद्रोही माओवादीमाथि निणर्ायक दबाब सिर्जना गर्नेछ ।

महासचिव बानको भ्रमणको अर्को पाटो लुम्बिनीको विकास हो । आफैं पनि बौद्धमार्गी भएकाले हुन सक्छ, बुद्धको जन्मथलोको विकासमा उनको अभिरुचि देखिन्छ । यसअघि नेपाल आउँदा उनी लुम्बिनी जान पाएका थिएनन्, यसपालि आफैं जाने आशयको पत्र पठाएपछि सरकारले अग्रसरता देखाएको हो । नेपालमा पर्यटन आकर्षण/विस्तारका दुइटा सम्भावनामध्ये सगरमाथा हिमाल एउटा हो भने लुम्बिनी अर्को । हिमालय आरोहण र त्यस क्षेत्रको पदयात्राले खासगरी पश्चिमा मुलुकका पर्यटकहरूलाई तान्छ भने लुम्बिनी चीन, दक्षिण एसियाली मुलुकलगायत विश्वभरका बौद्धमार्गीहरूको आकर्षणको केन्द्र हो । तर त्यसलाई हामीले जुन रूपमा विकसित गर्नुपर्ने हो, न त्यो हुन सकेको छ न त अपेक्षित अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय प्रचार गर्न सकिएको छ । Read the rest of this entry »

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Bhattarai sends official invite to Ban

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 17, 2012

By Anil Giri

KATHMANDU, MAR 16 – Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on Thursday evening sent an official invitation to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to visit Nepal on the last week of April.

Ban will take stock of the peace process and hold discussions on the development of Lumbini during his stay here.

“The government has extended an invitation to Secretary General Ban to attend an international conference on Lumbini development to be held in Lumbini on April 29. Ban’s visit has been fixed for the last week of April,” spokesperson of the Lumbini Development Steering Committee and Nepali Congress leader Minendra Rijal said on Friday after a meeting of the committee. The invitation, a personal note in nature, signed by Bhattarai has been forwarded to Nepal’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Gyan Chandra Acharya. Acharya is likely to hand over the invitation to Ban on Friday or early next week in New York. Read the rest of this entry »

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बुद्ध बर्न इन नेपाल

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 13, 2012

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लुम्बिनी गेटको लागि विद्यार्थीहरुबाट जनही रु १ संकलन

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 12, 2012

फल्गुण २९, ०६८ मैह्पी, काठमाडौँ

आज प्रिसियस नेशनल कलेज, म्हैपीको प्राङ्गनमा विद्यार्थीहरुले लुम्बिनी गेट निर्माणको लागि सरकारलाई सहयोग पुर्याउने हेतुसाथ आफ्ना खाजा रकमबाट कटौति गरी जनही रु १/– संकलन गर्ने कार्य सम्पन्न गरे । यस कार्यक्रमबाट रु. ४१५/– संकलित भयो । यस अघि काठमाडौँमै गोकर्णेश्वर महादेव मावि, सहयोगी उच्च मावि, युथ भिजन सेकेण्डरी स्कूल र श्वर्ण शिक्षा इ. स्कूलका विद्यार्थीहरुले पनि खाजा रकमबाट अन्दाजी थप १००० रुपैयाँ संकलन गरेको थियो । लुम्बिनी गेट निर्माणको लागि विद्यार्थीहरुबाट जनही रु १ संकलनको शुरुवात लुम्बिनी गाउँको बुद्ध आदर्श उच्च माविबाट फल्गुण ११ गते देखि भएको थियो ।

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LUMBINI: Mikel Dunham’s interview with Lisa Choegyal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 11, 2012

Lisa Choegyal is a tourism consultant who works throughout the Asia Pacific region, specializing in pro-poor sustainable tourism planning and marketing. With a background in the private sector, she was for over 20 years Director of Marketing of Tiger Mountain, Nepal’s pioneer trekking, adventure and wildlife operator. Based in Kathmandu, she has worked since 1992 as a senior associate of TRC Tourism (formerly Tourism Resource Consultants) in Wellington, New Zealand  (www.trctourism.com). Lisa was Team Leader of the ADB Ecotourism Project 2000-2001, DFID tourism monitor on TRPAP 2001-2005, tourism-marketing specialist for the ADB SASEC program 2004-2008, and prepared the UK Aid DFID Great Himalaya Trail development program for SNV Nepal 2006-2010. She serves on a number of non-profit boards related to tourism and conservation, and is New Zealand Honorary Consul to Nepal since 2010.

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02-nun at Lumbini
DUNHAM: How do you assess the current framework for development in Lumbini, the framework that is already and has been in place for a long time?

CHOEGYAL: The institutional framework is interesting with so many stakeholders, different factions and historical complexities. UNESCO has a crucial role to play to preserve its world heritage status. The Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) is the obvious main custodian although it needs to be evolved into an Authority rather than a Trust. It is typical of the current political scenario that existing institutions become politicized. . Perhaps it was felt, in this case, that it is easier to create a parallel organization and just blow LDT out of the water. Three billion dollars is a convincing figure.

I’ve worked on Lumbini, from a tourism perspective, on and off, for the last twenty years but most recently with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) tourism infrastructure study, where I was part of a consulting team that designed the South Asian Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) tourism components. SASEC is an ADB grouping of five countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India – actually the north and northeast States of India – Nepal and Sri Lanka. We worked for six years as tourism sector advisors on the SASEC program with our firm, TRC Tourism, which is based in Wellington, New Zealand. SASEC was modeled on the ADB’s Greater Mekong Sub-Region tourism program, on which TRC had also been tourism advisors (Cambodia, China (PRC, specifically Yunnan and Guangxi), Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam).

In many ways, South Asia was easier than the Mekong because we were dealing with countries that were used to working together in tourism, and had been cooperating and selling joint packages for decades — whereas in the Greater Mekong, many of them had been emerging from long-term conflicts. We were able to make a lot of headway in the tourism sector in South Asia, whereas other SASEC sectors, such as water resources roads and large-scale infrastructure had a much more complex agenda. Read the rest of this entry »

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LUMBINI: Mikel Dunham’s interview with UNESCO’s Axel Plathe

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 11, 2012

Axel Plathe is the Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to Nepal. Mikel Dunham spoke to him in his office in Kathmandu, March 6, 2012.

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DUNHAM: Perhaps the best way to begin is for you to describe UNESCO’s interest and involvement with Lumbini.

PLATHE: As you know, the site was inscribed in 1997 in the World Heritage list. Since then UNESCO has been engaged in Lumbini more or less strongly. We have particularly been helping, throughout the years, since the inscription, in managing the site. We have helped the government in establishing an approach on how to manage this World Heritage site.

We have also helped the government in the very cumbersome and heavy reporting exercise that the World Heritage Convention requests from state parties to the Convention.

Every second year, the state party, (in this case the government of Nepal), has to submit a report on the status of preservation of Lumbini. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddha’s Teaching Can Help Global Peace – UN Sec Gen

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 10, 2012

[As UN Secretary General is visiting Nepal, we would like to post these old relevant news for your kind information]

Buddha’s Teaching Can Help Global Peace – UN Sec Gen

Narinjara News, May 8, 2009
United Nations, New York — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in his message delivered to the world communities on Wednesday that the Buddha’s teaching could help the world become peaceful.

“All of us can learn from the Buddha’s spirit of compassion. His timeless teachings can help us to navigate the many global problems we face today,” said Ban Ki-moon in his message.

His message came ahead of the Buddha’s birthday, traditionally known as Vesak or Visakah, a full-moon which this year fell on 9 May, 2009.

Vesak is the name of the month of the Buddha’s birth in the Indian lunar calendar. Buddhist communities around the world celebrate the full-moon day with great reverence and piety as the day synchronized the birth, enlightenment, and passing of the Buddha.

“The need for global solidarity may seem like a modern concept, but it is not. More than 2,500 years ago, the Buddha taught that nothing exists in isolation, and that all phenomena are interdependent. Just as profoundly, he taught that we cannot be happy as long as others suffer, and that when we do reach out, we discover the best in ourselves,” he added.

He also urged every individual to resolve to help people who are suffering, in order to secure a better future for all, in his message marking Vesak.

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Ban Ki-moon Visiting Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 10, 2012

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

 

KATHMANDU:United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will visit Nepal in late April to promote Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. His visit is also expected to give an impetus to the stalled peace and constitution drafting processes.
Ban will land in Nepal on April 28, along with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, and visit Lumbini the next day to co-chair an international conference on Lumbini with UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Before returning on April 30 he will hold talks with top leaders of political parties.

A meeting of the Greater Lumbini National Development Directive Committee formed by the Government of Nepal held today finalised and announced the itinerary of the UN Secretary General after consulting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Dahal is the chairman of the GLNDDC, with Dr Manglasiddhi Manandhar of CPN-UML, Dr Minendra Risal of Nepali Congress and Culture Minister Gopal Kiranti as members. Read the rest of this entry »

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An Interview with Dr. Minendra Rijal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 7, 2012

Dr. Rijal is a member of Nepal’s recently created Greater Lumbini Development National Steering Committee, chaired by ex-Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”. Dr. Rijal, a member of the Nepali Congress political party, is also a current member of the Constituent Assembly, ex-Minister of Culture and Chairman of Apex College. Mikel Durham interviewed Dr. Rijal focussing on Lumbini issue.

DUNHAM: You’ve recently been appointed as a Member of the Greater Lumbini Development National Steering Committee. Now that the committee has been created, what progress can be reported?

RIJAL: So far, we have not been able to spend as much time as is needed to move the Lumbini project forward. Prachanda is terribly busy with the politics of the country. In some respects, I am also quite busy — nothing compared to his busy schedule but –
DUNHAM: How many members are on the committee?
RIJAL: Right now we are a six-member committee. And then there is a provision to add another eleven members later on.

DUNHAM: Prachanda is Chair.

RIJAL: Yes.

DUNHAM: What has the committee actually done so far?

RIJAL: We went to New York and saw the Secretary General (SG) of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, in November. And the reason we went was that we wanted the involvement of the UN in the development of Lumbini.

It all started, however, when, earlier, I was the Minister of Culture. At that time, I established contact with Ban Ki-moon’s office and he extended an invitation. I went there. I presented my argument on Lumbini and he was very keen. He has long been interested in helping Lumbini and in realizing its potential. I knew that his mother was a devoted Buddhist and felt that her son, as Secretary General, should do something for Lumbini.

For his part, Ban Ki-moon also feels that it is his obligation on behalf of the larger Asian Buddhist community– he is the second Asian Secretary General – to do something for Lumbini.

That was one reason, last November, that we thought he could be of great help. And the visibility of his office was going to be very important to help Lumbini realize its potential.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddhism, Cosmology and Evolution

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 5, 2012

By John Stanley & David Loy 

Even with all these profound scientific theories of the origin of the universe, I am left with serious questions: What existed before the big bang? Where did the big bang come from? What caused it? Why has our planet evolved to support life? What is the relationship between the cosmos and the beings that have evolved within it? Scientists may dismiss these questions as nonsensical, or they may acknowledge their importance but deny that they belong to the domain of scientific inquiry. However, both these approaches will have the consequence of acknowledging definite limits to our scientific knowledge of the origin of our cosmos. I am not subject to the professional or ideological constraints of a radically materialistic worldview. – The Dalai Lama

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. – Charles Darwin

For traditional Buddhist cosmology, the life cycle of a universe is cyclical. There is a period of its formation, a period where it endures, a period where it disintegrates and a period of void before a new universe forms from the luminous space that remains. That space, according to theKalachakra Tantra (Wheel of Time) is inseparable from beginningless, universal consciousness.

The constraints of scientific materialism

A very different perspective is offered by mechanistic science. From its European origins in the 17th century to its final triumph in the 19th, it has insisted that matter is non-conscious stuff interacting in dead space. And these premises are not merely intellectual abstractions. They have become beliefs about reality, shared by a globalizing human culture. The structure of our subjective experience is inevitably influenced by the notion that we too are mechanisms located in a non-conscious mechanical universe. Read the rest of this entry »

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लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियानमा बिभिन्न राजदूतहरुको नियुक्ति

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 4, 2012

भारतले करीब असी प्रतिशत नक्कली लुम्बिनी र कपिलवस्तु बनाउने काम सकाएर २०१२ सम्ममा पुरा गर्ने किसिमले जोडतोडका साथ काम हुँदा पनि सक्कली लुम्बिनी र कपिलवस्तु भएको देशको तर्फबाट भने झन्डै सर्बपक्षीय मौनता दर्शाइएको कारण बिभिन्न देशमा छरिएर रहेका नेपालीहरुले डिसेम्बर १, २००९ लाई “कपिलवस्तु दिवस विस्व दिवस” को रुपमा बिभिन्न देशमा बिभिन्न कार्यक्रम सहित मनाएका थिए । त्यस्लाई निरन्तरता दिने अभिप्रायले मै ११, २०१० मा वेलायत निबासी रामकुमार श्रेष्ठको विस्व संयोजकत्वमा १९ सदस्यीय कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियान  विस्व कार्य समिति गठन गरेर सेप्टेम्बर १६, २०१० मा दुई जना थपी २१ सदस्यीय बनाएर पूर्णता दिइएको थियो । तीन ठूला पार्टीहरुका प्रतिष्ठित ब्यक्तित्वहरुको समेत प्रतिनिधित्व गराएर बिभिन्न क्षेत्रका ब्यक्तिहरु र दुई जना बिदेशीहरुलाई समेत समाबेश गरी आठ जनाको सल्लाहकार मण्डल पनि बनाइएको छ । सार्कको सल्लाहकारमा गोरखापत्रका पूर्व सम्पादक एबं लुम्बिनी-बुद्ध विस्वबिद्यालयका पूर्व रजिस्टार केदार शाक्य हुनुहुन्छ ।
बुद्ध लुम्बिनीमा जन्मेका हुन भन्ने सबभन्दा राम्रो प्रमाण अशोक स्तम्भ खडग सम्शेरले पत्ता लगाएको भए तापनि अन्तराष्ट्रिय जगत सामू ल्याउने महत्वपूर्ण काम भने १ डिसेम्बर १८९६ मा जर्मन पुरातत्वबिद Anton Führer ले गरेको दिनलाई ऐतिहासिक महत्व दिइनु धेरै अर्थमा महत्व राख्ने देखिएको र त्यस्तो निर्णयका कारण यस क्षेत्रको बिकासको लागि उपयुक्त बातावरण सिर्जना गर्न सकिएको खण्डमा नेपालको पर्यटन प्रबर्द्धनमा सहयोग पुर्याइ अन्तत्वगत्वा नेपालको बिकासमा नै सहयोग पुर्याउने मात्र नभएर राष्ट्रिय अन्तराष्ट्रिय शान्ति प्रकृयामा समर्थन, ऐक्यबद्धता र टेवा समेत दिन सक्ने भएकोले १ डिसेम्बरलाई कपिलबस्तु दिबसको रुपमा मनाउने निर्णय गरिएको हो ।
सीमित स्वार्थका कारण बुद्धको बिस्वब्यापी महत्वबाट लालायितहरुले बुद्ध जन्मस्थलबारे सिर्जना गरेका दिग्भ्रमहरुलाई निस्तेज पार्ने अभिप्रायले शुरु गरिएको कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियान पछिल्लो समयमा लुम्बिनी क्षेत्रको बिकासमा देखा परेका बिभिन्न सकारात्मक संकेतहरुले गर्दा अभियानको नाममा लुम्बिनी शब्द जोडनका लागि आएका धेरै सुझाबहरुलाई ध्यानमा राखेर अभियानले अभियानको नाम लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियान राख्ने गरी गरिएको निर्णयलाई तेश्रो कपिलवस्तु दिवस मनाउने क्रममा यही डिसेम्बर १ तारिख २०११ का दिन वृहत लुम्बिनी विकास राष्ट्रिय निर्देशकका संयोजक एबं पूर्व प्रधानमन्त्रीको प्रचन्ड प्रमुख आतिथ्य र मन्त्रीहरु, पूर्व मन्त्रीहरु, सांसदहरु एबं राष्ट्रिय स्तरका थुप्रै ब्यक्तिहरुको उपस्थितिमा भएको नेपालमा आयोजना गरिएको कार्यक्रममा अभियानका बिस्व संयोजक रामकुमार श्रेष्ठले इण्टरनेटको माध्यमबाट वेलायतबाट मन्तब्य दिने क्रममा आधिकारिक रुपमा अभियानको नाम परिवर्तन गरिएको घोषणापस्चात सो दिनदेखि सो अभियानको तेश्रो वार्षिकोत्सब लुम्बिनी- कपिलवस्तु दिवसको रुपमा मनाइन थालिएको छ । Read the rest of this entry »

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Lumbini Garden

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 4, 2012

The Lumbini Garden was the Buddha’s birthplace. In Sanskrit, Lumbini means ‘the lovely’. It was the family home of his mother, Mayadevi, and she returned here from Kapilavastu (25 km east of Lumbini) to give birth to Siddhartha Gautama, later the Buddha (‘Enlightened One’). The site was described by the Chinese pilgrim Fa Xian and  re-discovered in 1896.The sacred pool had earth banks at the time of its re-discovery. It now has a paved margin and steps – but it remains a place of exceptional calm. Read the rest of this entry »

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Another Pressure to British Museum on Buddha’s Birthplace Issue

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 3, 2012

Let’s give another pressure to British Museum. Please click here to go to the relevant link

British Museum on 4th of November, 2011 at 3:46 pm wrote on its Facebook page:

“In light of recent comments about the Buddha’s birthplace, we would like to reassure you that the Museum does not state that the Buddha was born in India. We state that the Buddha was born into a small kingdom that flourished in north-eastern India in about 500 BC. The kingdom covered a reasonably wide area in the northern plains, along with several others of the time. When the Buddha’s mother was expecting, the family decided that she should proceed north to the hills to give birth. This she did, but gave birth along the way, in Lumbini at foot of the Himalayas. The site of Lumbini is in Nepal about 20 miles from the modern border with the Republic of India. If you are aware of an instance where the incorrect information is written or posted please let us know where so we can look into it. You are welcome to leave comments about this subject on the main wall but please note that comments about this subject on unrelated posts will be deleted as they are off topic. Please see further information about commenting in the info tab.”

After 1,130 comments against the message on museum panel suggesting to write clearly Lumbini, Nepal as Buddha’s birthplace British Museum had another notice on its Facebook page “In the spirit of clarity, the British Museum wants to be unambiguous and accurate on this issue – the Buddha was born in Lumbini which is in Nepal. The Museum is always seeking to find the clearest way to put past history into understandable statements in the Museum, on our website and in our online records. Thank you for your feedback. Please be assured this is an important issue to the Museum and has been passed on to our curatorial team to establish where further clarity in the Museum and online may be required.” On 7th of November at 11:05 am. Read the rest of this entry »

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