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How Not to Treat the Buddha

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 30, 2013

By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW
 
A hotel in France with a “Little Buddha” room that includes a toilet cover with Buddha’s image. The hotel, Moulin de Broaille in the Burgundy region of central France, went a step too far when it used toilet covers bearing an image of the Buddha’s head, This hurts about 500 million Buddhists all over the world and strongly condemnable act.

People walk around the Buddha Statue holding candles during Makha Bucha Day at Buddhist Park in in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand in February.Athit Perawongmetha/Getty ImagesPeople walk around the Buddha Statue holding candles during Makha Bucha Day at Buddhist Park in in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand in February.

BEIJING — Would you be offended by a toilet seat cover sporting an image of Jesus? Or Muhammad?

Some Thai Buddhists are upset that Buddha’s image is being taken in vain by “foreigners” who, they say, see it as a philosophical and not a religious symbol and don’t give Buddha the respect he deserves.

These sentiments flared anew last week after reports of a hotel in France with a “Little Buddha” room that includes a toilet cover with Buddha’s image.

The hotel, Moulin de Broaille in the Burgundy region of central France, went a step too far when it used toilet covers bearing an image of the Buddha’s head, The Bangkok Post reported last week, citing “Thai Buddhists” in a story titled “Buddhists Enraged by Toilet in France.” (The hotel didn’t respond to an email requesting comment.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddha birth place issue honesty on “Kaun Banega Crorepati”

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 26, 2013

Popular Indian TV program Kaun Banega Crorepati, Super Star Amitabh Bacchan and the participant-winner of Rs. 6,40.000 became honest on Buddha birth place issue despite many Indians’ want. Even Zakaria never apologized for his mistake in his book “THE POST-AMERICAN WORLD” despite all sorts of pressure. Good on you.  

Relevant link:

Newsweek Editor Fareed Zakaria Apologised Tactfully

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US$ 64m needed for Lumbini Master Plan

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 21, 2013

KATHMANDU, JUL 20 –

lumbini_20130720091605An estimated USD 64 million is needed to fully complete the Master Plan that Japanese architect Kenzo Tange developed almost 35 years ago for Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha and a Unesco World Heritage property.

This estimate prepared by the Lumbini Development Trust and Unesco was presented to the representatives of the international community in Nepal at an event in Kathmandu on Wednesday.

At the gathering organised by the Unesco Office in Kathmandu in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and the Lumbini Development Trust, representatives of the diplomatic community, the UN system and other development agencies, and members of the Greater Lumbini Development National Steering Committee were present.

The purpose of the information-sharing event was to lay a solid foundation for a fundraising campaign for the full completion of the Kenzo Tange Master Plan for Lumbini, Unesco in a statement.

Pushpa Kamal Dahal, chairman of the Greater Lumbini Development National Steering Committee; Culture Minister Ram Kumar Shrestha; Culture Secretary Sushil Ghimire and Lumbini Development Trust Vice-chairman Acharya Karma Sangbo Sherpa reiterated Nepal’s commitment to the development of Lumbini as a place of national pride and one of the world’s most sacred spots for Buddhists and non-Buddhists.

They invited the international community to assist in completing the remaining components of the master plan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddha and Lumbini related some videos

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 11, 2013

Buddha was born in Nepali. Song by Dhiraj Rai – The album’s coming up. Promo

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Nepal steps up security at Buddhist shrines

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 9, 2013

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Authorities in Nepal said Monday that security will be increased at all major Buddhist shrines following the bomb blasts Sunday at the Mahabodhi temple in India.

A security alert has gone out in Nepal, which is home to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.

Kapilvastu, where the Buddha spent his early life, is also located in Nepal. The Buddha eventually attained enlightenment at Bodh Gaya.

Soon after the Mahabodhi temple in Bihar’s Gaya district was targeted by terrorists, injuring two monks, additional security personnel was deployed at Lumbini, a Unesco heritage site. Read the rest of this entry »

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Press Release over Mahabodhi blasts

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 8, 2013

Press Release over Mahabodhi blasts.

Nine low-intensity blasts took place early on Sunday morning – leaving two monks injured – in quick succession at the 1,500-year-oldbodhgaya Mahabodhi temple, which is annually visited by millions of pilgrims from all over the world.

The temple’s sanctum sanctorum and the Bodhi Tree, under which Lord Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment, did not suffer any damage in the blasts which shook the holy town.

Anil Goswami, Union Home Secretary of India, said in New Delhi that serial explosions inside and outside Mahabodhi Temple complex were a terror attack and NIA and NSG teams have been sent for post-blasts investigations. Security has been beefed at the temple and adjoining areas, Bihar police chief DGP Abhayanand told reporters, adding CCTV footage was being examined for leads to the terrorists.

The explosions, the first of its type to target the town and the temple, a UNESCO heritage site, took place between 5:30 and 5:58 am. The explosives were set off by timers.

Buddha is revered as a Messenger of Peace. He is known as the Light of Asia but is also the Light of the World as his message of peace and non-violence has become more relevant. “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. The need for global solidarity may seem like a modern concept, but it is not. More than 2,500 years ago, 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.” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Read the rest of this entry »

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Establishing Buddha statue program in Hague (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 5, 2013

A Buddha Idol is placed at the Peace Palace, the Headquarters of International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Hague, the Netherlands. Although international icons and historical sculpture, including Statue of Liberty have been kept in ICJ headquarters, the idol of the lLght of Peace was missing. Mr Surendra Shrestha, Coordinator of Lumbini Kapilvastu Day Movement (LKDM), UK and Adviser Non-Resident Nepalese (NRN), UK had raised the issue and The International workshop on “Lumbini Development : The Possibilities and Challenges” organized by Third LKDM, Dec 1, 2011, Kathmandu, proposed Nepal Government to carry this important job. Government of Nepal fulfilled the responsibilities thought its Embassy at Belgium. NRNA Provided the Idol and at a grand inaugural function it was placed at the court on June 24, 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

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