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In Praise of Enlightenment

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 12, 2017

By Aarya Pokhrel*

Aarya PokhrelIt’s 2017, yet how far have we really come when Race,Golden Buddha religion, gender, sexuality, politics, wealth and even physical conditions, still seem to instigate large scale conflict and tension?

How long will it take one to notice that everyone’s idea about life is different? Even those in the same religions interpret Holy Scriptures differently, based on their level of perception. Your truth is not the only truth. The world is full of people with individual belief-systems – we must respect that and not use it as an excuse to belittle, ignore and abuse others.

Of course, any actions that are not in line with love can be seen as immoral and destructive to mankind. Therefore, maybe love should be a primary religion – yet, even me labelling it that will create distaste in some people. That’s just how many of us are programmed.

Our world should be a world full of equals; those who will enter and leave in the same way. We are a different manifestation of the same thing. We are all souls having a human experience – sadly it’s the instrument we choose to express ourselves in which sometimes creates separation. We’re like M&M’s; we might look different but we’re made exactly the same. The idea of fighting over which tastes is better is hideous. Like you, I’m tired of reading posts like this about equality, but I’m even more tired of seeing inequality. “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” (Nelson Mandela). Read the rest of this entry »

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सात देशको पाठ्य पुस्तकमा भएको गल्ती सच्याउने कामको पहल

Posted by worldamity on January 8, 2016

अभियानको सातौं बार्षिकी मनाइएको कार्यक्रममा अमेरिकी रास्ट्रपति बाराक ओबामा, चिनिया रास्ट्रपति सी जिनपिङ, भारती प्रधानमन्त्री नरेन्द्र मोदी, जापानी प्रधानमन्त्री शिन्जो अबे, श्री लंकाका रास्ट्रपति मैथ्रिपाला सिरिसेना, थाइ प्रधानमन्त्री प्रायुत चान–ओ–चा र नेदरल्याण्डका प्रधानमन्त्री मार्क रुटलाई सम्बोधना गरी केही प्राबिधिक कारणले गर्दा ती देशका पाठ्य पुस्तकमा बुद्धको जन्मस्थल बिषयमा भएको गलत जानकारी ती देशको प्रजातन्त्रको सबलिकरणका खातिर सच्याइनु पर्ने आग्रह गरी छुट्टाछुट्टै तयार पारिएको छ: पेज लामो अनुसन्धानात्मक प्रतिबेदन कार्यक्रमका प्रमुख अतिथि प्रचन्डलाई अभियानका तर्फबाट बिस्व संयोजक रामकुमार श्रेष्ठले हस्तान्तरण गर्नु भयो । प्रमुख अतिथिले नेपाल सरकारका प्रतिनिधिका पररास्ट्रका सह-सचिब डा दुर्गा बहादुर सुबेदीलाई आबस्यक कार्यार्थ हस्तान्तरण गर्नु भयो । त्यस्तै वेलायतको ब्रिटिश म्युजियमले चर्को जन-दबाबका कारण त्यहा बुद्ध जन्मस्थल बिषयमा भएको जानकारी सच्याउने निर्णय गरे तापनि सच्याउने काम सन्तोषजनक र स्पस्ट नभएकोले वेलायती प्रधानमन्त्री डेभिड क्यामरुनलाई संबोधन गरी तयार पारिएको ९ पेज लामो प्रतिबेदन पनि श्रेष्ठद्धारा प्रमुख अतिथिलाई र प्रमुख अतिथिले नेपाल सरकार प्रतिनिधिलाई हस्तान्तरण गरियो ।

Handing over report for 8 countries

लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियानका बिस्व संयोजक इ रामकुमार श्रेष्ठले आफ्नो नेपाल बसाइको छोटो अबधिमा उपरास्ट्रपति नन्दकिशोर पुन ‘पासांग’, पूर्व प्रधानमन्त्रीड्धय पुष्पकमल दाहाल प्रचन्ड र माधव कुमार नेपाल, पूर्व उपप्रधानमन्त्रीड्धय प्रकाशमान सिंह र नारायणकाजी श्रेष्ठ र माओबादी नेता मोहन बैध्य (किरण) संग छूट्टाछुट्टै भेटघाट गर्नु भएको छ । राष्ट्रपतिसंगको भेटघाटको लागि समय तय भएतापनि अन्तिम समयमा राष्ट्रपतिको स्वास्थका कारण भेटघाट हुन सकेन । अभियानको सातौं बार्षिकी कार्यक्रम मार्फत बिभिन्न सात देशमा बुद्ध जन्मस्थल बिषयमा भएको गलत जानकारी सच्याउन श्रेष्ठले अभियानका तर्फबाट नेपाल सरकार मार्फत प्रकृया अगाडि बढाएका छन । Read the rest of this entry »

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Until 7th Anniversary (Movement Profile attached)

Posted by worldamity on December 5, 2015

LKDM Felicitation

On the auspicious occasion of 7th anniversary of Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement we would like to thank you all for your contribution and support. Without you we won’t be here. We have unexpected achievements during this short period of time. This Global Movement institutionalized in 2010 to spread Buddha’s peace and non-violence messages and promote Buddha’s birthplace Lumbini, Nepal all over the world. First time we celebrated on 1st of December 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

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भारतले अन्तराष्ट्रिय समुदायसंग क्षमा याचना गर्नु पर्ने

Posted by worldamity on October 1, 2015

logoहालै नेपाल बिरुद्ध भारतले गरेको नाकाबन्द बिरुद्ध लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियानद्धारा जारी गरिएको प्रेस बिज्ञप्तिको पूर्ण विवरण:

मित्र राष्ट्र भारतको नेपालप्रतिको बिभिन्न खाले हेपाहा प्रबृति कुनै नौलो कुरो होइन । यस खाले भारतीय रवैयाको बिरोध नेपालभित्र नभएर बिभिन्न देशमा समेत हुने गरेका छन र भारतद्धारा नेपाली भू-भागमा गरिएको अतिक्रमण र नेपालीमाथि गरिएका बिभिन्न किसिमका अमानबीय दुर्व्यबहारका बिरुद्ध जून १५, २००९ मा आयोजना गरिएको बिस्वब्यापी कार्यक्रमकै अंशको रुपमा सामाजिक सन्जाल फेसबूक मार्फत बिशेष तयारीका साथ लगातार २५ घण्टे ऐतिहासिक बिरोध कार्यक्रम समेत भएको थियो ।

नेपाल भ्रमणका क्रममा भारतका प्रधानमन्त्री नरेन्द्र मोदीद्धारा नेपालको संविधानसभामा सम्बोधन गर्ने क्रममा “विश्वलाई चकित गर्ने बुद्ध जन्मेको देश”भनी नेपालको लुम्बिनीलाई बुद्धको जन्मथलोको रुपमा स्वीकारिएको सार्वजनिक सम्बोधनपस्चात भारतीय स्वतन्त्रता दिवसमा समेत नेपाललाई बुद्ध भूमिको रुपमा पुन: परिचय दिए, तर जापान गएर कुरो फेरेका मोदीले राष्ट्र संघको सुरक्षा परिषदमा आफ्नो उम्मेदवारीको प्रचार प्रसारको क्रममा जर्मन र फ्रान्समा भने बुद्ध भारतमा पैदा भएको भनाइ राखे । Read the rest of this entry »

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“BUDDHISM – THE BEST RELIGION IN THE WORLD”: IS THIS WHAT THE ISLAND HAS SUNK TO? #LKA

Posted by worldamity on June 24, 2015

Buddha raysHave you seen a recent article on the Island titled ‘Buddhism – “The Best Religion in the World” award’ ? If you haven’t, you should. This wonderful article proceeds thus:

The Geneva-based International Coalition for the Advancement of Religious and Spirituality (ICARUS) has bestowed “The Best Religion in the World” award this year on the Buddhist Community. This special award was voted on by an international round table of more than 200 religious leaders from every part of the spiritual spectrum. It was fascinating to note that many religious leaders voted for Buddhism rather than their own religion although Buddhists actually make up a tiny minority of ICARUS membership. Here are the comments by four voting members:

Jonna Hult, Director of Research for ICARUS said “It wasn’t a surprise to me that Buddhism won Best Religion in the World, because we could find literally not one single instance of a war fought in the name of Buddhism, in contrast to every other religion that seems to keep a gun in the closet just in case God makes a mistake. We were hard pressed to even find a Buddhist that had ever been in an army. These people practice what they preach to an extent we simply could not document with any other spiritual tradition.”

A Catholic Priest, Father Ted O’Shaughnessy said from Belfast, “As much as I love the Catholic Church, it has always bothered me to no end that we preach love in our scripture yet then claim to know God’s will when it comes to killing other humans. For that reason, I did have to cast my vote for the Buddhists.”

A Muslim Cleric Tal Bin Wassad agreed from Pakistan via his translator. “While I am a devout Muslim, I can see how much anger and bloodshed is channeled into religious expression rather than dealt with on a personal level. The Buddhists have that figured out.” Bin Wassad, the ICARUS voting member for Pakistan ‘s Muslim community continued, “In fact, some of my best friends are Buddhist.” And Rabbi Shmuel Wasserstein said from Jerusalem, “Of course, I love Judaism, and I think it’s the greatest religion in the world. But to be honest, I’ve been practicing Vipassana meditation every day before minyan (daily Jewish prayer) since 1993. So I get it.”

However, there was one snag – ICARUS couldn’t find anyone to give the award to. All the Buddhists they called kept saying they didn’t want the award. When asked why the Burmese Buddhist community refused the award, Buddhist monk Bhante Ghurata Hanta said from Burma, “We are grateful for the acknowledgement, but we give this award to all humanity, for Buddha nature lies within each of us.” Groehlichen went on to say “We’re going to keep calling around until we find a Buddhist who will accept it. We’ll let you know when we do.”

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Nepal gifts Buddha statue to Belgian city

Posted by worldamity on June 20, 2015

Belgium

A statue of Buddha, who is considered the messenger of peace and symbol of love, compassion and non-violence, was unveiled amid a function at the Belgian city of Antwerp on Tuesday.

Nepal’s Ambassador of Nepal to Benelux and European Union, Ram Mani Pokharel and the vice Mayor of Antwerp Municipality, Philip Heylen, unveiled the statue at Kasteel Den Brandt in the city.
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Press Statement on Brawny Earthquake in Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 27, 2015

Pray for NepalThis time the whole world thoughts are with the people of Nepal in the aftermath of the brawny earthquake ((7.9-8.0 Richter Scale Magnitudes) that has struck most of the part of Nepal at 11.56 AM (07:56 AM GMT) on 25th April, 2015. After that there are series of small and big earthquakes.

It is understandable that very many lives have been lost. There has also been significant damage to Nepal’s most of irreplaceable amazing cultural heritage and some of bridges are collapsed: Roads, electricity, water supply and telephone lines are disrupted. The reports of the devastation are terrible and still coming in and the numbers of people killed, injured and affected by this earthquake continue to rise.  Read the rest of this entry »

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE POSTPONEDED

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 26, 2015

Logo for International ConferenceStayAn emergency meeting of the International Conference Main Organizing Committee on “World Peace City Lumbini, Nepal” that was scheduled to organize in Brussels, Belgium on 4th and 5th of May, 2015 has decided to postpone the conference due to the dreadful   earthquake in Nepal. The meeting decided to organize the conference in the same venue on November 30 and December 1, 2015.

This time the whole world thoughts are with the people of Nepal in the aftermath of the brawny earthquake ((7.9-8.0 Richter Scale Magnitudes) that has struck most of the part of Nepal at 11.56 AM (07:56 AM GMT) on 25th April, 2015. After that there are series of small and big earthquakes.

It is understandable that very many lives have been lost. There has also been significant damage to Nepal’s most of irreplaceable amazing cultural heritage and some of bridges are collapsed: Roads, electricity, water supply and telephone lines are disrupted. The reports of the devastation are terrible and still coming in and the numbers of people killed, injured and affected by this earthquake continue to rise.  Read the rest of this entry »

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भारतले यसरी बनायो नक्कली ‘कपिलवस्तु’ (फोटो फिचरसहित+Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 23, 2015

सलमान खान, (भारतबाट फर्केर)

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९ वैशाख, सिद्धार्थनगर । संसारलाई थाहा छ, ‘कपिलवस्तु’ गौतम वुद्धको जन्मस्थल हो, जुन नेपालमा पर्छ । ‘कपिलवस्तु’ नेपालका ७५ जिल्लामध्ये एक भएकाले यो नेपालको आफ्नै ब्राण्ड पनि हो ।

तर, भारतले आफ्नै भूमिमा गौतम बुद्धका पिताको दरबार रहेको दाबी गर्दै ‘कपिलवस्तु’को नाम दुरुपयोग गर्दा पनि नेपाल सरकार अहिलेसम्म मौन छ । भारतले ‘कपिलवस्तु’को नाम दुरुपयोग गरेकोमा लुम्बिनी विकास कोषका अधिकारी एवं पुरातत्वविद्हरु सन्तुष्ट छैनन् ।

यसैवीच भारतले लुम्बिनी र कपिलवस्तुको गरिमालाई आफ्नो मुलुकतिर तान्नका लागि केके गरिरहेको रहेछ भन्ने रिपोर्ट तथा महत्वपूर्ण तस्वीरहरु अनलाइनखबरले फेला पारेको छ ।

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भारतले आफ्नो भूमिमा बनाएको संग्रहालयको नामै ‘कपिलवस्तु संग्रहालय’ राखेको छ ।

भारतीय प्रधानमन्त्री नरेन्द्र मोदीले लोकसभाको चुनावका बेलामा समेत बुद्धको जन्म बिहारमा भएको बताएका थिए । नेपालमा आएका बेला बुद्ध जन्मेको देश भने पनि मोदीले युरोप भ्रमणमा बुद्धबारे विवदास्पद अभिव्यक्ति दिँदै आएका छन् । यसैक्रममा भारत सरकारले लुम्बिनी नजिकै आफ्नो भूमिमा धमाधम नक्कली ‘कपिलवस्तु’ बनाएर बुद्ध भारतमा जन्मेको प्रमाणित गर्न खोजेको छ । Read the rest of this entry »

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अस्ट्रेलियाकै सबैभन्दा ठूलो बहुसांस्कृतिक महोत्सब पाको फेस्टामा नेपाल प्रबर्द्धन (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 2, 2015

अस्ट्रेलियाको जिलोङमा एक लाखभन्दा बढी बिबिध कार्यक्रम सहित १९८३ बाट शुरु गरिएको बहु साँस्कृतिक महोत्सबको ३३ औं बार्षिकी भब्यताका साथ सम्पन्न भएको छ।

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews, former minister Richard Marles, and Christine Couzens MP with Nepalese Community

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews, former minister Richard Marles, and Christine Couzens MP with Nepalese Community

२८ फेब्रुअरी अस्ट्रेलिया – अस्ट्रेलियाको जिलोङमा एक लाखभन्दा बढी  बिबिध कार्यक्रम सहित १९८३ बाट शुरु गरिएको बहु साँस्कृतिक महोत्सबको ३३ औं बार्षिकी भब्यताका साथ सम्पन्न भएको छ।बहुभाषिक र बहु-सांस्कृतिक देशको रुपमा परिचित अस्ट्रेलियाको जिलोङमा अस्ट्रेलियाकै एक किसिमले सबैभन्दा ठूलो महोत्सबको रुपमा मानिने पाको फेस्टाले मूल आयोजक डाभर्सिटाटसंग आबद्ध भएका जातीय संस्था र संगठनहरुको सहभागितामा एक लाखभन्दा बढी सहभागीहरुलाई आ-आफ्नो सांस्कृतिक चाल-चलन, रिति-रिवाज, खान-पान आदिको निरन्तरता र प्रचार प्रसारलाई प्रोत्साहन गर्दै नाच-गान, कार्यशाला गोस्ठी, प्रदर्शन जस्ता बिबिध कार्यक्रम सहित १९८३ बाट शुरु गरिएको महोत्सबको ३३ औं बार्षिकी भब्यताका साथ मनाएको छ।जिलोङ नेपालीज एशोसियशनको सकृयतामा जिलोङमा नै नेपालीहरुको बसोबास नगण्य रुपमा रहे तापनि यति ठूलो संख्यामा जन सहभागिता हुने यति ठूलो महोत्सबलाई नेपालको प्रबर्द्धन प्रयोजनको लागि अबसरको रुपमा लिइनु पर्छ भनी गरिएको अनुरोध अनुरुप २०१३ मा पहिलो पटक सहभागी भएर नेपाली सहभागिताको थालनी गरिएको यो महोत्सबमा वरिपरिका शहरबाट  नेपालीहरु आएर सहभागी हुँदै यो तेश्रो बर्ष पनि कार्यक्रममा नेपाली समुदायले सहभागिता जनाएर नेपालको प्रबर्द्धन गर्ने काम गरे।

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“Buddha was born in Nepal” puts more responsibilities on Nepalis’ shoulders than the slogan

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 13, 2015

FrankLogo for International ConferenceBy Frank Vermeersch, Belgium-Nepal Friendship Association President/ Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement Europe Adviser/ Ani Choying Foundation Founder President)

(Full statement given by Frank Vermeersch in an interaction program focused on an International Conference that is going to be held in Belgium in the forthcoming Buddha Jayanti. The statement is not edited. and the program was organised recently in Belgium. The other speaker was Dr Krishna Prasad Aryal (Ph.D.) from Norway)

Mr. President, Chairman, Professor, Ladies and Gentlemen of the audience

Let me first of all thank you for inviting me at this meeting, meeting for the preparation of the International conference 4 & 5th May, Belgium. I’m very pleased and honored to be here today amongst you all.

The Lumbini Kapilvastu Day Movement: “Buddha was born in Nepal”. Before I met the Movement I didn’t have really toughed about the birthplace of the Buddha, yes, I lived and I still life, let’s say try to live according the teachings of the Tatagatha (Buddha), the Dharma and the place where Shakmuni Gautema , the later Buddha, seemed in my opinion not so important.

But once I had contact with the movement and when I began to play an active role, I became aware that the birthplace of the Buddha and the Movement could really have their importance, and more than one. Read the rest of this entry »

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800-200 BC OLD COINS FOUND IN ‘SHAKYA CAPITAL’ KAPILVASTU NEPAL

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 24, 2015

OLD COINS FOUND IN TILAURAKOTKAPILVASTU, JAN 19 – A team of archaeologists has found around 300 ancient silver coins from Tilaurakot, the Shakya Capital city where Siddhartha Gautam spent 29 years of his princely life before he became the Buddha.

The excavation team comprising consultants, experts and archaeologists from Unesco, Department of Archaeology (DoA), Lumbini Development Trust and Durham University in the UK, who are part of the excavation project being carried out since January 8, recovered the “punch mark” coins believed to have been used during 800-200 BC.

After digging about 1 metre under the surface of soil, the team discovered the coins on Sunday in earthen pots. By Monday evening, the team was able to collect 230 silver coins and their counting is ongoing, said Ram Bahadur Kunwar, an archeologist with the DoA. According to him, the earthen pots containing the coins are of 50 cm in height and 15 cm in diametre. Read the rest of this entry »

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अन्तराष्ट्रिय साहित्यिक महोत्सबको नतिजा घोषणा

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 7, 2014

Winnersवुद्ध जन्मस्थल बिषयमा सिर्जित बिस्वब्यापी दिग्भ्रम निस्तेज गरी सत्यको प्रतिरक्षा, लुम्बिनीको प्रचार प्रसार गरी पर्यटन प्रबर्द्धन, वुद्धका सन्देशहरुको प्रचार प्रसार गरी बिस्व शान्तिमा योगदान गर्ने जस्ता उद्धेस्यहरुका साथ सूत्रपात गरिएको लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस बिस्व अभियानको छैटौं बार्षिकी मनाउने क्रममा वुद्ध र लुम्बिनी बिषयमा केन्द्रित भएर अन्तराष्ट्रिय साहित्यिक महोत्सब मनाउने हेतुले डा मधु माधुर्यको मूल संयोजकत्वमा गठित १३ सदस्यीय मूल आयोजक समितिले “वुद्ध जन्मेको देशमा आजका स्वर-लहरीहरु” शिर्षकमा अन्तराष्ट्रिय साहित्यिक महोत्सब आयोजना गरेको थियो । बरिस्ठ साहित्यकारहरु डा. कविताराम श्रेष्ठ, कृष्णप्रकाश श्रेष्ठ र दामोदर पुडाशैनी रहनु भएको तीन सदस्यीय निर्णायक मण्डलको मूल्यांकन अनुसार उत्कृष्ट पाँच जना कवीहरुमा बिनोद न्यौपाने (वेलायत), विवेक दुलाल क्षेत्री (युएइ), शमा श्री (इजरायल), डा मन मूर्ति भुर्तेल (रसिया) र जगत नबोदित (वेलायत) पर्नु भएको छ । त्यसपछिका छ: जना उत्कृष्ट कवीहरुमा दीपक आचार्य “जलन” (कुबेत), बिशाल शाह (न्यू योर्क), लालानाथ घिमिरे (खाँदबारी), जीवन श्रेष्ठ (गोर्खा), डा साबित्रा काफ्ले (अस्ट्रेलिया), मोहन आचार्य जलाद (पोर्तुगल) र नारायण थापा हुनुहुन्छ । अभियाद्धारा छिट्टै काठमाण्डौंमा आयोजना गरिने बिशेष कार्यक्रमका बीच पहिलो पाँच जनालाई जनही रु १० हजार र प्रमाणपत्र र पछिल्लो छ: जना प्रत्येकलाई प्रमाणपत्र प्रदान गरिनेछ ।

कविताहरु प्रतियोगी र अप्रतियोगी गरी दुई किसिमका थिए । प्राप्त कविताहरुलाई बिशेष तयारीका साथ बुटवलबाट सन्चालित खस्यौली एफएम ९१.८ का रोहित ढकाल, सुमन श्रेष्ठ, सरोज कंडेल र कपिल ज्ञवालीले तयार गरी प्रसारण गरेको थियो भने अस्ट्रेलियाको एडिलेडबाट सन्चालित रेडियो, मेलबर्नबाट सन्चालित नेपाली संचार, कपिलवस्तुको रेडियो बाणगंगा, रेडियो मायादेवी, भ्वाइस अफ शाङ्रिला, रेडियो जनादेश र रेडियो मैत्रीले समेत ऐक्यबद्धता स्वरुप प्रसारण गरेका थिए । Read the rest of this entry »

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प्रेस बिज्ञप्ति

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 7, 2014

Winners“वुद्ध जन्मेको देशमा आजका स्वर-लहरीहरु” शिर्षकमा आयोजित अन्तराष्ट्रिय साहित्यिक महोत्सब बिषयमा अभियानद्धारा जारी गरिएको प्रेस बिज्ञप्ति :

मिति: मंसिर २१, २०७१

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वुद्ध जन्मस्थल बिषयमा सिर्जित बिस्वब्यापी दिग्भ्रम निस्तेज गरी सत्यको प्रतिरक्षा, लुम्बिनीको प्रचार प्रसार गरी पर्यटन प्रबर्द्धन, वुद्धका सन्देशहरुको प्रचार प्रसार जस्ता उद्धेस्यहरुका साथ सूत्रपात गरिएको लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस बिस्व अभियानको छैटौं बार्षिकी मनाउने क्रममा वुद्ध र लुम्बिनी बिषयमा केन्द्रित भएर अन्तराष्ट्रिय साहित्यिक महोत्सब मनाउने हेतुले डा मधु माधुर्यको मूल संयोजकत्वमा गठित १३ सदस्यीय मूल आयोजक समितिले “वुद्ध जन्मेको देशमा आजका स्वर-लहरीहरु” शिर्षकमा अन्तराष्ट्रिय साहित्यिक महोत्सब  आयोजना गरेको थियो । बरिस्ठ साहित्यकारहरु डा. कविताराम श्रेष्ठ, कृष्णप्रकाश श्रेष्ठ र दामोदर पुडाशैनी रहनु भएको तीन सदस्यीय निर्णायक मण्डलको मूल्यांकन अनुसार उत्कृष्ट पाँच जना कवीहरुमा बिनोद न्यौपाने (वेलायत), बिबेक भण्डारी (युएइ), शमा श्री (इजरायल), डा मन मूर्ति भुर्तेल (रसिया) र जगत नबोदित (वेलायत) पर्नु भएको छ । त्यसपछिका छ: जना उत्कृष्ट कवीहरुमा दीपक आचार्य “जलन” (कुबेत), बिशाल शाह (न्यू योर्क), लालानाथ घिमिरे (खाँदबारी), जीवन श्रेष्ठ (गोर्खा), डा साबित्रा काफ्ले (अस्ट्रेलिया), मोहन आचार्य जलाद (पोर्तुगल) र नारायण थापा हुनुहुन्छ । अभियाद्धारा छिट्टै काठमाण्डौंमा आयोजना गरिने बिशेष कार्यक्रमका बीच पहिलो पाँच जनालाई जनही रु १० हजार र प्रमाणपत्र र पछिल्लो छ: जना प्रत्येकलाई प्रमाणपत्र प्रदान गरिनेछ । Read the rest of this entry »

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Historic Document: Document that made to change Korean textbooks

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 30, 2014

kamal-koiralaMillions of people globally are under the misconception on World Peace Messenger Lord Buddha’s birthplace. This is an injustice that requires correction. The LKD Movement, hence; is giving utmost priority to promoting correct information and we request all relevant person s to support us in this pursuit.

On behalf of the LKD Movement, the Global Coordinator of the Movement had written to that time Prime Minister of Nepal, Madhav Kumar Nepal in August 2010 underlining that correcting textbook erroneous information on Buddha’s birthplace from different countries is most and suggested Nepal government to initiate for this through diplomatic missions.

In December, 2011, Nepal’s Ambassador to Korea, Kamal Prasad Koirala wrote a letter to President Lee Myung-bak requesting him to change the erroneous information in South Korean textbooks regarding the birth place of Lord Buddha. And Korean Government already decided to change its erroneous textbook. We are posing here that historic document.

The diplomatic initiatives taken from the Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day World Campaign has yielded fruit regarding the correction of misinformation about Lord Buddha’s birthplace in Swedish textbooks. And now we need to spread this mission in other countries.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Meet UNESCO Lumbini Excavation Team: Buddha’s Birth Earlier Than Thought (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 5, 2014

Couple of months ago Lumbini excavation news was highlighted a lot in big international media because of new reveal on Buddha’s birth date. Let’s know about the team:

Prof Robin Coningham Durham University, UK

Robin is one of the co-directors of the excavations at Lumbini and one of the international experts on the larger UNESCO project. He has conducted extensive field work in Bangladesh, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and was part of an original UNESCO team that worked at Lumbini in 2001/2. He can normally be found excavating in the Temple, or deep in discussion with his co-director, Kosh.

Mr Kosh Acharya Pashupathi Development Trust/UNESCO, Nepal

Kosh is the other co-director of the excavations at Lumbini, and is an expert on the archaeology of the region. He possesses the wonderful ability to stay calm whilst everyone descends into panic around him, and is the most sartorially elegant member of the team. Kosh, the former Director General of Archaeology in Nepal, has excavated extensively in Nepal, and knows everything that is worth knowing about the archaeology of the Terai.

Dr Mark Manuel Durham University, UK
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Buddhism in Modern Life

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 31, 2014

by Ananda W.P. Guruge

[Dr. ANANDA W.P. GURUGE, international civil servant and high-ranking diplomat with a distinguished career in Sri Lankan Government and UNESCO, a reputed leader in the international Buddhist movement, the Patron of the European Buddhist Union and a Vice-President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists from 1988 and its representative to the UN and UNESCO, the President of the World Buddhist University Council (Bangkok, Thailand) and a member of the UNESCO Inter-religious Advisory Committee died peacefully during en route from Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles on 6 August 2014 while returning from his last tour to Nan Tien Institute of Fo Guang Shan for his lifelong mission of promoting Buddhist education in the world. We, Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement team, are deeply saddened by the news of Dr. ANANDA W.P. GURUGE passing. This is a big loss for World Buddhist community. Our heart felt condolences to you and your family. I met him in London when Shri Lanka team was organising 2600th Sambuddha Jayanti and he came from US as special guest in the program. We are publishing this wonderful article here in his remembrance. – Ram Kumar Shrestha ]

W.PThe topic as it stands has several parts to it: What is modern life? What is Buddhism? And what role has Buddhism to play in modem life? Modem life in itself is very difficult to define. One might say that modem life is characterized by the fact that the world is getting smaller; that people are having greater access to each other; that communication barriers are fast disappearing; that it is possible for one to know what happens everywhere in the world within a short time, and thereby pen-nits participation in the life of a larger cross-section of the world than one could have ever imagined. That would be one aspect of modern life. Related to that would be modern life understood in terms of science and technology. Man in his attempt to conquer nature, disease, natural barriers, has performed certain feats of a technological complexity which are quite mind boggling. That is another aspect of modem life. A third, perhaps a more disturbing aspect of modern life, is that with the world getting closer, communication barriers breaking away, and scientific and technological advance becoming so rapid, we have come face to face with several problems in terms of economic and political rivalry, pollution, population explosion, scarcity of resources and the indiscriminate use of resources that might not be replaced. With these come a host of other issues which can be plainly labelled as “survival.”

Can Modem Civilization Survive?

To this one may add also a moral dimension – an ethical question – and ask: “To what extent, in the process of modernization and conquering nature, have we deviated from the ability to conquer ourselves? Has the struggle for survival meant that the modem man has become a slave to selfishness, bound by his own desires and his whims? Have we lost all the things of very special value to human beings such as inter-personal relations, the anxiety to look after the well-being of others, the spirit of being of selfless service to others? Have we lost these?” Read the rest of this entry »

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Inside ‘Buddha’s birthplace’ – the Maya Devi temple in Lumbini (Videos)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 12, 2014

Nepal plans to develop Lumbini, long identified as the birthplace of Lord Buddha, as a World Peace City.

A final master plan to turn the area in southern Nepal into a global hub for peace and a centre for Buddhist learning was unveiled recently.

The proposal by the Korean International Development Agency envisages an investment of nearly $800 million.

Many argue that despite various attempts to convert Lumbini as the “Mecca of Buddhists”, the area is still neglected and requires billions of dollars in investment.

The latest developments came months after archaeologists uncovered remains of what is believed to be the earliest ever Buddhist shrine within the main Maya Devi temple.

Many experts believe the discovery may settle the dispute over the birth date of Siddhartha Gautama, who became the Buddha.

Anbarasan Ethirajan was given rare permission to film inside the Maya Devi temple in Lumbini.

 

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Buddha’s birth and Mayadevi death were not normal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 7, 2014

-Dr Kavitaram Shrestha  

ततः प्रसन्नश्च बभूव पुष्यस्तस्याश्च देव्याव्रतसंस्कृतायाःKavitaram

पाश्र्वात्सुतो लोकहिताय जज्ञे निर्वेदनं चैव निरामयं च । ९ ।

ऊरोर्यथौर्वस्य पृथोश्च हस्तान्मान्धातुरिन्द्रप्रतिस्य मूघ्र्न ।

कक्षीवतश्चैव भुजांसदेशात्तथाविधं तस्य बभूव जन्म । १० ।

— बुद्धचरित, प्रथम सर्ग[1] 

3This stanza of a Sanskrit poem in Devnagari script, talks about the event of the birth of Bodhisatwa (prince Siddharth, who became Buddha later). The actual meaning of this text is:  Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal is the country where apostle of peace in the world, Buddha was born – Indian PM Modi

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 4, 2014

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday won the hearts and minds of Nepalese people when he began his gripping address to the Parliament in Nepali language, recalling his previous visit to the country as a pilgrim.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed by Subhash Chandra Nembang, Speaker of Nepalese Parliament in Katmandu on Sunday, August 3, 2014. Photo: PTI

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Lumbini Nepal – the Birthplace of Lord Buddha (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 13, 2014

lumbiniShakyamuni Buddha was born in Lumbini, in southern Nepal, twenty five hundred years ago. Lumbini has since been a holy ground for Buddhists all over the world. The restored garden and surroundings of Lumbini have the remains of many of the ancient stupas and monasteries. A large stone pillar erected by the Indian Emperor Ashoka in 250 BC bears an inscription about the birth of the Buddha.

An important part of Lumbini is the temple of Maya Devi. It has a stone image of Maya Devi giving birth to Lord Buddha as she holds onto a branch. It has been well worn by the strokes of barren women hoping for fertility. To the south of the temple is a pool where Queen Maya Devi is said to have bathed and given her son his first purification bath.

A quiet garden, shaded by the leafy Bo tree (the type of tree under which Buddha received enlightenment), and a newly planted forest nearby lend an air of tranquillity which bespeaks Buddha’s teachings. Lumbini is now being developed under the Master Plan of the Lumbini Development Trust, a non governmental organization dedicated to the restoration of Lumbini and its development as a pilgrimage site. The plan, completed in 1978 by the renowned Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, will transform three square miles of land into a sacred place of gardens, pools, buildings, and groves. The development will include a Monastic Zone, the circular sacred Garden surrounding the Ashoka pillar and Maya Devi temple, and Lumbini Village, where visitors will find lodges, restaurants, a cultural center and tourist facilities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Final Master Vision Plan of Lumbini World Peace City Unveiled

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 27, 2014

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June 27, Lumbini: Final Master Vision Plan to develop Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, as the World Peace City (Lumbini Vishwa Shanti Nagrama) with an estimated budget of nearly 762 million USD was unveiled by Urban Planner and Designer Professor Kwaak Young Hoon today in a symposium amid the major stakeholders in Buddha Maya Garden Hotel, Lumbini.

Lumbini World Peace City Master Vision

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Tidbits of Nepali Journalism ‘’Buddha was born in ……..’’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 6, 2014

By Chiranjibi Paudyal

Chiranjibi-PaudyalBuddha born in NepalThat evening, Indian Defence minister Fernandes had hosted a reception in honour of the participants of the conference. When I met in the reception, he was little bit furious and adamant to his statement. We had arguments. I said ‘Buddha was born in Nepal’ but he said ‘Buddha was born in India.’ I asked him ‘’who told you and how did you know Buddha was born in India’’, he said me ‘’had read since his childhood that Buddha was born in Northern India.’’ I told him if you read UN documents then you will know the real fact. I was so infuriated that I said little bit loudly: ‘’ Do you know ‘’U Thant?’’ You should know UN Secretary General from Asia? Then he said ‘’ Why not.’’

So you must be aware that there is UN project in Lumbini which is in Nepal since the time of U Thant. When I repeatedly said UN Project then he seemed to be convinced, and felt embarrassed. I arranged an interview with him for next morning in the same hotel where we were staying. When we sat for interview, I asked the same question to him like a teacher repeatedly asks a same question to a weak student. Later he corrected saying ‘Buddha was born in Nepal.’

Famous poet Sir Edwin Arnold to UN official say Buddha was born in India distorting the fact and hurting the sentiment of millions of Nepali around the globe. However, I had the opportunity to persuade a senior UN official to make him understand and acknowledge that ‘’ Gautam Buddha was born in Nepal.’’ Read the rest of this entry »

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Peace March in San Francisco by Lumbini-Kapilvastu Peace Movement, California

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 13, 2014

Press Release 
(Post-Event)
Lumbini-Kapilvastu Peace Movement, California

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The Lumbini-Kapilvastu Peace Movement, California (LKPM, California) extends its heartiest thanks to all those individuals; different Nepalese Organizations in the bay area; volunteers; the Newa Organizations who participated with Lakhe cultural set; all the media people like Hamro Samaj, Janapukar, Motherland Nepal who help to send this message of solidarity across the countries, organizational Advisors and individual Advisors; and my fellow executive committee members, for making this Peace March Event happen successful in the historic city of San Francisco.  Read the rest of this entry »

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THE BUDDHA BOY’S ‘LAMJUNG MAITRI PUJA’ FOR WORLD PEACE

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 20, 2014

[We post here today, a travelogue by Joan Stanley-Baker, Emeritus Professor of Art History specializing in Chinese Fine Arts at Tainan National University in Taiwan. Basically, she comes from British Columbia, Canada and recently was a team member of the Buddha Boy’s ‘spiritual entourage’ from Sindhupalchowk, Nepal’s central hill district to Lamjung, the country’s one of the west hill districts, for a special puja this February 22-27, 2014. We understand the Buddha Boy has not received yet as much ‘reception’ as anticipated from local media but her account describes the ‘religious guru’s popularity has grown leaps and bounds in the country and abroad as well. It seems Nepal has begun benefiting also from the ‘holy guru’s being there as multitudes of devotees from around the world fly into the county day and night. Nepal’s tourism promotion, jobs creation and economic development etc. get some boost seemingly .– Editor]

FEBRUARY 22-27, 2014 ‘LAMJUNG MAITRI PUJA’ FOR WORLD PEACE

By Joan Stanley-Baker PhD*

lamjung pujaIn the Village of Khudi at the foot of the Himalayas, the eye can reach directly onto the snow capped peaks of Manasulu towering over 8163M above sea level, in an illusion of being only three or four kilometres away. This is the site of the last puja of the Nepali year, held in the District of Lamjung in northwest Nepal on the border of Tibetan. Devotees were gathering from everywhere. From Nepal – they arrived from Manang, Mustang, Pokhara lake, Kaski, Gorkha, Tanau, Dading, Kathmandu, Kirtipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kavry, Nuwakot, Sindupalchowk, Ramechhap, Makwanpur, Chitwan, Parsa, Bara, Sarlahi, Sindhuli, etc. Devotees from the far distant mountain region of Mustang travelled across the great ranges taking more than three days for their journey. There were also Indian devotees came from Sikkim and Darjeeling among other places.

The air, as in most of the highlands of Nepal, is cold in the morning and evening, getting sun during the day, warming the breeze. But here in Khudi, the air seems especially fresh, brushing down from the highest peaks of the world, and quickens the heart with a strong feeling of being in the presence of the divine. Devotees who have attended many of the Maitri Guru’s Pujas, agree that there was something rather special about the Lamjung Puja.

For this puja, the Maitri Guru had left his mountain retreat of Badegaun in Sindhupalchowk on the morning of February 19th to travel with his immediate entourage for ten hours by jeep to Lamjung. From the very beginning atop the mountain in Badegaun, there were already twenty cars waiting to be part of a convoy and, when they reached the town of Sipaghad below, it seemed that more than thirty cars were waiting, and untold motorcycles ready to brave the long journey along the bumpy and dusty Nepali roads. Along the way, motorcycles and private cars seemingly out of nowhere, continued to join the motorcade, growing at an alarming rate even as devotees appeared standing in bare feet along the roadside with offerings of flowers, candles and incense, khatas and fruit, patiently waiting for the Guru. At times in certain populated towns the road ahead became completely blocked by devotees where nothing could pass, often requiring the gentle assistance of the local police. The vehicles continued to multiply as the day wore on, and the roaring wheeled assemblage came to stretch long and wide for kilometres, creating a veritable spectacle all along the roads leading to the large town of Chabel where about 700 devotees were waiting. There was a joyous celebratory mood among one and all. And whenever passing villages and towns, there were groups of devotees gathered along the road with flowers and other offerings to greet Guru’s passage and hoping for a glimpse of the beloved face, possibly even a blessing. Read the rest of this entry »

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