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Promoting Nepal in Pako Festa

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 18, 2014

Pako Festa

We Nepalese are going to participate in Pako Festa – the Biggest of its kind in Australia – second time and that will be in Geelong on 22nd of February to promote Nepal as the country of the Mt. Everest and the Buddha. Nepal is one of the richest countries from cultural diversity view point. So come with your ethnical dress, if any and if you want, to make our participation more colourful and to show unity in diversity. Come with flag, musical instruments if you have any and show your talent.

Street stalls  9am-6pm Pakington Street, Geelong West.
Pako Festa Parade 11 am – 12 noon.
 

Our order number in the parade is 27. This number is located on Waratah Street, Geelong West. Our group should be at the procession assembly point by 10:15 am. Our parade order will be like this:  Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddha’s Birthplace: Nepal Or India? New Currency Sets The Record Straight

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 17, 2013

By Vishal Arora

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(RNS) Quick: Where was the Buddha born?

To hear many Indians talk, you’d think it was India, where he attained enlightenment and gave his first sermon.

But the people of Nepal know better — and they are eager to correct misconceptions about the Awakened One, considered one of the world’s most revered figures.

Next month, Nepal will circulate a new 100-rupee note with the imprint, “Lumbini: The Birthplace of Lord Buddha.” The currency is part of the government’s most recent effort to correct the record.

It comes amid protests following a promotional video on the private Indian channel Zee TV, which claimed the Buddha was born in India.

Zee TV corrected the error, but Nepal Cable TV Association blocked the channel when the new series on the life of Buddha premiered on Sunday (Sept. 8). The association’s chairman described the move as a way to prevent possible unrest in the country, which is predominantly Hindu but proud of its Buddhist heritage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddha gift to Julia Gillard by Nepalese Community

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 21, 2013

Assistant Minister Hon David Bradbury, MP Hon Ms. Michelle Rowland, Primi Minister Rt. Hon. Julia Gillard, Ram Kumar Shrestha and Mahendra Lamsal

Assistant Minister Hon David Bradbury, MP Hon Ms. Michelle Rowland, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Julia Gillard, Ram Kumar Shrestha and Mahendra Lamsal

Prime Minister Office, Canberra, Australia, 19th June, 2013 On behalf of the Nepalese community living in Australia Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement Global Coordinator Ram Kumar Shrestha and Australia’s Sub-Continent Ministerial Consultative Committee Member Mahendra Lamsal jointly presented the gift of Buddha statue and peace wish letter to the Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard. While presenting the gift Mr. Shrestha and Mr. Lamsal said that Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal and, hence; Nepalese community decided to present Peace symbol Buddha statue wishing peace in Australia along with its prosperous development. Prime Minister Gillard thanked for the gift and wish letter and expressed her happiness to have opportunity to decorate her office with the peace symbol Buddha. Immediately after the program Prime Minister Julia Gillard garnished her office show case by the Buddha statue presented by the Nepalese community.

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Vote to promote Nepal as the country of the Buddha and the Mt. Everest

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 28, 2013

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Dear friends,

Including this blog 1122 blogs are entered into the Best Australian Blogs 2013 Competition and now this is the time for People’s Choice Award, so now this is your time to vote! It will take you less than a minute and would earn you MASSIVE brownie points and actual brownies if you’d like! This is another small attempt to promote Nepal as the country of the Buddha and the Mt. Everest.

Process to vote:

  1. Please click here 
  2. Select this blog. For this click “VOTE HERE” button. This blog is listed as Nepal – the country of the Buddha and the Mt. Everest on the (almost) bottom of the third page, and then you just need to include your details and done! It’s open until the 30th of April, but why not to do right now? Continue to press Next until you press Done

Or directly you can click here select this blog. It’s listed as Nepal – the country of the Buddha and the Mt. Everest .

I would like to thank you all for your time and contribution in this mission!!!

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Chris Demuth Advocates “Buddha was born in Nepal”

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 15, 2013

Chris Demuth talks about Fareed Zakaria’s book The Post-American World where Zakaria is giving absolutely wrong information on Buddha’s birthplace and Mr Demuth advocates not buying the book as it does lie. He was surprised with India’s claim that Buddha was born in India.  Mr Demuth also suggests signing the petition to advocate Buddha was born in Nepal and not in India.

zakaria-book1Fareed Rafiq Zakaria is an Indian-American journalist and author. From 2000 to 2010, he was a columnist for Newsweek and editor of Newsweek International. In 2010 he became editor-at-large of Time. He is the host of CNN‘s Fareed Zakaria GPS. He is also a frequent commentator and author about issues related to international relations, trade, and American foreign policy.

Zakaria is the author of few books including The Post-American World. His last two books have both been New York Times bestsellers, and have been translated into over 25 languages.

Fareed Zakaria opened up about his plagiarism scandal in an interview with the New York Times.  He got into severe trouble after he was found to have lifted a paragraph from a recent New Yorker article for a column in Time. He was suspended from that magazine and from CNN.

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Participating in Best Australian Blogs 2013 Competition

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 9, 2013

Dear all,

BB2013_NomineeThis blog (www.ramkshrestha.wordpress.com) and http://nepaleseg.blogspot.com.au (this one competing as new blog) are participating in the “Best Australian Blogs 2013  Competition” . The People’s Choice round will launch on Thursday 28 March 2013. Please be ready to start click-voting on these blogs from 28 April 2013 at 5 pm (Sydney local time). The voting doesn’t open until 28 March. When it does, I will let you know with instructions, including a link to the voting form. Among few blogs I chose this one as more regular visitors from all over the world in this blog and there are direct links to go to Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement blog and Complete Nepal blog in the side bars. This is another small attempt to promote Nepal as the country of the Buddha and the Mt. Everest.

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4th Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day: Haiku by Janak Sapkota

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 7, 2012

Janak SapkotaThis haiku was received from Janak Sapkota, Finland on the auspicious occasion of 4th Lumbini-Kapilvastu day. Janak Sapkota is from Nepal, currently a postgraduate science student in Finland. He has published Lights Along the Road, a collection of haiku co-authored with the American poet Suzy Conway. He won the Smurfit Samhain International Haiku Prize 2006 and the Seventh Annual Ukia Haiku Competition 2009. While on a writing residency at Cló Cheardlann na gCnoc, Donegal, Ireland, he published Full Moon, a limited edition haiku with Irish- language translations by Gabriel Rosenstock and images by Danielle Creenaune. He is, therefore, an internationally recognized poet, however; shadowed in his own motherland and this is just an attempt to bring him among Nepali community. For more please click here]

Kapilvastu* –
every corner
renders silence

(* Kapilvastu is one of the districts of Lumbini Zone, Nepal. The district is located in a part of ancient Shakya kingdom of Buddha.  ) Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddha Born in Nepal – Nepali Documentary Trailer

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 26, 2012

 

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Facebook Upshot: T-shirt with Buddha’s Birthplace

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 18, 2012

The weather was surprisingly wonderful today, so I went to the town centre wearing T-shirt with Buddha’s photo. Three guys came to me and hugged. After having chat for a while they expressed their wish to born in Lumbini, Nepal where Buddha was born in their next life. I said, “Tathastu (Amen)” and we hugged each other again. This time we had different feeling than before.— with Sonam Rinpoche and 28 others.
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Exposing the top secrets of Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 27, 2012

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Vote for “NEPAL”

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 23, 2012

This is the time to show your love for your country..!!
Vote for “NEPAL”..
click the link and vote to Nepal….http://www.pothiq.com/country/info/nepal Nepal leading

Popular Country – Nepal
Please vote for Nepal. Help rank this country higher in Popular Country ranking.

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Nepal – The Most Amazing and Beautiful Place on Earth ( VISIT NEPAL 2011 )

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 8, 2011

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Is China’s $3 Billion Investment into Lumbini Off?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 21, 2011

By Jane Poretsis

Just weeks after publicly declaring that they had just signed a USD 3 billion deal with Nepal to develop Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha, China is left wondering where they stand.

An investment that would have seen China leading the project to transform the small town of Lumbini into a Buddhist Mecca and place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from around the world was mired in controversy from the start.

Sparking a row of lack of transparency, the news was met by concern in certain quarters of the Nepalese Government, which felt that it had been left in the dark and not consulted; prompting a dismissal from China on reports in the media of a secret pact with certain Maoist sections of the Government.

The Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Modraj Dotel, also promptly quit stating: “I have resigned as works are being done in a non- transparent way which has become a matter of concern for us,” he was quoted as saying by Annapurna Post Daily.

However, responding to queries from The Kathmandu Post the Vienna-based United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has denied entering into any valid contractual agreement with the Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (APECF). Stating further, that contrary to what had been claimed: they were not involved in any activity related to the Lumbini ‘Special Development Zone.’ Flatly refuting claims made by APECF that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with them. Read the rest of this entry »

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पत्रकार नविन पोखरेल कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियानद्धारा सम्मानित

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 18, 2011

१७ नोभेम्बर, लण्डन: नेपाली पत्रका संपादक एबं कान्तिपुर दैनिक सम्बद्ध पत्रकार नविन पोखरेलले वर्षेनी विश्वभरका करिव ६० लाख पर्यटकले अवलोकन गर्ने ब्रिटिश संग्रहालयमा बुद्धबारे राखिएको भ्रामक जानकारीसम्बन्धी सामग्रीहरु बिस्तृत रुपमा कान्तिपुर दैनिकमा १३ कार्तिक (अक्टोबर २९) र कार्तिक १६ (नोभेम्बेर २) र नेपाली पत्रको बर्ष ६, अंक १८ मा प्राथमिकताका साथ प्रकाशित गरेर म्युजियमको ध्यानाकर्षण गरेकै कारण संग्रहालयले फेसबुकको आफ्नो पेजमा नोभेम्बर ४ तारिख दिनको ३:४६ बजे संग्रहालयले बुद्ध नेपालमा नजन्मेको भनी उल्लेख नगरेको सूचना जारी गरेको र सोही सूचनालाई आधार बनाएर संग्रहालयलाई दबाब दिन जन परिचालन गर्ने सहज वातावरण तयार भएको थियो । छोटो समयमा नै सोही सूचनामा भएको ब्यापक जन दबाबका कारण नोभेम्बर ७ तारिख दिनको ११:०५ मा संग्रहालयले वुद्ध लुम्बिनी नेपालमा जन्मिनु भएको उल्लेख गर्ने सूचना जारी गरेको थियो । यसरी विस्वभरका त्यत्ति  ठूलो संख्याका पर्यटकहरुले अबलोकन गर्ने ब्रिटिश संग्रहालयमा वुद्धबारे भ्रामक जानकारी सच्याउने बातावरण सहज बनाउने महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निर्बाह गर्नु भएकोमा पत्रकार नविन पोखरेललाई कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियानले बिभिन्न देशमा तेश्रो कपिलवस्तु दिवस मनाउने क्रममा कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियान वेलायत राष्ट्रिय समितिले लण्डनस्थित नेपाली दूतावासमा आयोजना गरेको तेश्रो कपिलवस्तु दिवस कार्यक्रमका वीच सम्मान गरेको छ ।
सम्मान गर्ने क्रममा कार्यक्रमका प्रमुख अतिथि वेलायतका लागि नेपाली राजदुत महामहिम डा सुरेशचन्द्र चालिसे, कार्यक्रमका बिशिस्ठ अतिथि सांसद माननीय भान्ते आनन्द पथ र कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियानका विस्व संयोजक रामकुमार श्रेष्ठद्धारा संयुक्त रुपमा हस्ताक्षरित प्रमाणपत्र राजदुत महामहिम डा सुरेशचन्द्र चालिसे र माननीय भान्ते आनन्द पथले संयुक्त रुपमा प्रदान गर्नु भयो । प्रमाणपत्रमा लेखिएको छ, “वर्षेनी विश्वभरका करिव ६० लाख पर्यटकले अवलोकन गर्ने ब्रिटिश संग्रहालयमा बुद्धबारे राखिएको भ्रामक जानकारीसम्बन्धी सामग्रीहरु तयार गरी संग्रहालय र सम्बन्धित सरोकारवालाहरुको ध्यानाकर्षण गराएर जानकारी सच्याउने वातारण सहज बनाउने महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निर्बाह गर्नु भएकोमा सम्मान स्वरुप यो प्रमाणपत्र प्रदान गरिएको छ ।”
गैरआवासीय नेपाली संघ वेलायतका अध्यक्ष कुल आचार्यले पत्रकार पोखरेललाई खादा ओडाएर सम्मान गर्नु भयो ।
सम्मान गर्नु अघि कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियानका विस्व संयोजक रामकुमार श्रेष्ठले उहाँ अघि धेरै नेपाली त्यहाँ गए तापनि यस बिषयमा कसैले आवाज उठाएको नपाईएको भन्दै अभियानको उद्धेस्यलाई टेवा पुर्याउने र राष्ट्रिय स्वाभिमान उच्च राख्दै अन्तरराष्ट्रिय महत्व सहितको दूरगामी परिणाममुखी उहाँको यस किसिमको ऐतिहासिक खोजी पत्रकारितालाई सम्मान गर्दै अभियानले उहाँलाई सम्मान गर्ने निर्णय गरेको जानकारी दिनु भएको थियो ।

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Lumbini, Nepal – the Birth Place of the Buddha

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 11, 2011

Lumbinī (Sanskrit: लुम्बिनी, “the lovely”) is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi district of Nepal. It is the place where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama, who as the Buddha Gautama founded the Buddhist tradition. The Buddha lived between roughly 563 and 483 BCE. Lumbini is one of four magnets for pilgrimage that sprang up in places pivotal to the life of the Buddha.

Lumbini is in Nepal. It is geographically located 25 km east of the municipality of Kapilavastu, Nepal; where the Buddha lived till the age of 29. Lumbini has a number of temples, including the Mayadevi temple, and others under construction. Also here is the Puskarini or Holy Pond – where the Buddha’s mother took the ritual dip prior to his birth and where he, too, had his first bath – as well as the remains of Kapilvastu palace. At other sites near Lumbini, earlier Buddhas were, according to tradition, born, achieved ultimate awakening and finally relinquished earthly form. Read the rest of this entry »

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Breaking News: Finally British Museum Decided to Make Correction

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 7, 2011

It is our Great pleasure to inform you all that the news “ब्रिटिश म्युजियमलाई बुद्ध जन्मस्थल जानकारी सच्याउन थप दबाब दिऔं” is  already history. It is just couple of hours that British Museum Facebook page has notified with its decision to correct in use of location and words to describe birth place of Lord Gautam Buddha in their page.

The page writes: 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.

We would like to thank you all for your valuable time to give pressure to British Museum to keep the Buddha birth place correct information. We were optimistic that British Museum could listen our voice to maintain its Global reputation. We would like to thank British Museum listening our voice to keep the Buddha birth place correct information.

British Museum’s relevant postings on its wall: Read the rest of this entry »

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ब्रिटिश म्युजियमलाई बुद्ध जन्मस्थल जानकारी सच्याउन थप दबाब दिऔं

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 6, 2011

कान्तिपुरमा यही कार्तिक १६ मा नविन पोखरेलद्धारा तयार पारिएको सामग्री “ब्रिटिश म्यूजियममा वुद्ध भारतमा जन्मिएको भ्रामक सन्देश“, नेपालीपत्रको बर्ष ६ अंक १८ मा प्रकाशित नबिन पोखरेलकै “….बुद्धबारे जताततै भ्रम” र नेपालीपत्रकै सोही अंकमा नै प्रकाशित रामकुमार श्रेष्ठद्धारा लिखित “नक्कली लुम्बिनीले उब्जाएका जटील प्रश्न” पस्चात म्युजियमले आफ्नो फेसबुक पेजमा कुटनीतिक भाषा प्रयोग गरी आफूले बुद्ध भारतमा जन्मिएको भनी उल्लेख नगरेको भनेको छ भने नेपालमा जन्मेको भनी भन्न पनि सकेको छैन ।
म्युजियमकै भाषा यस्तो छ: 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. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddhism Project

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 19, 2011

[This project was done by a thirteen years girl Pallabi Shakya and we encourage kids to send this kind of work. ]

By Pallabi Shakya
Highworth Grammar School Ashford, Kent, UK

 Introduction/Contents

Many of us know about Buddha and how he was the enlightened one. But, do any of us know what enlightened means and how he became enlightened?

Throughout this project I will be covering:

  • What is Buddhism?

                 The Three Jewels

                   The Four Noble Truths

                   The Wheel of Life

  • Important Places for Buddhists

                   Lumbini Threats

 What is Buddhism?

 Buddhism has around 350 million followers worldwide. With approximately 150,000 active Buddhists in the UK. This number is increasing all the time.

Buddhism began in north-eastern India and is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Buddha. The religion is 2,500 years old. Many Asian countries have Buddhism as one of their main religions. Buddhism is a religion about suffering and the need to get rid of. Nirvana is a key concept of Buddhism and Nirvana means, the most enlightened, and blissful state that one can achieve. It is a state without suffering.

Unlike many other religions, Buddhism is not centred on the relationship between humanity and God. Buddhists don’t believe in a personal creator or God. The Buddhist tradition is founded on and inspired by the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. He was called the Buddha and lived in the 4th or 5th century B.C. in India.

Siddhartha Gautama also known as Buddha was born in the village of Lumbini, in Nepal, around the year 580 BCE. He was born into a royal family and for many years lived within the palace walls away from the sufferings of life; sufferings such as sickness, age, and death. He did not know what these were. One day, after growing-up, marrying and having a child, Siddhartha went outside the royal palace and saw, each for the first time, an old man, a sick man, and a corpse. He was worried by what he saw. He learned that sickness, age, and death were the inevitable fate of human beings. This was a fate no-one could avoid. Siddhartha also had seen a monk when he went outside the royal palace and this was when he decided that this was a sign that he should leave his protected royal life and live as a homeless holy man.  Siddhartha Gautama’s travels showed him much more of the sufferings of the world. He searched for a way to escape the inevitability of death, old age and pain first by studying with religious men. This didn’t provide him with an answer. Read the rest of this entry »

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At Buddha’s birthplace: A Chinese development proposal causes disbelief

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 22, 2011

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CleanThought wrote:
Aug 18th 2011 11:33 GMT

3B may be big amount for Nepal but given the gravity of urge to put the livelihood of people living in a place where a philosophy of eternal peace and civilization took its birth some 2560 years ago is not enough. Apple corporation has 80B cash in hand, worlds most valuable company on the otherhand US treasury and government is bailed by China! If 3B is real from China to Lumbini, so what? Have writer been to Lumbini? Or Nepal? Nepal is Chinas immidate neighbor! Buddhim is China’s national religion too!

Water flows downward because of gravity which is natural force! Money flows towards where there is opportunity! Where is oppurnity? In a island where people do not ware sleepers? It’s an attitude driven by prespective of gain or interest or gratitude! Who on the earth is largest trade partner with US and India, China? Then why so big huha from India (if there is any) if China aims to be largest trade partner to Nepal too! It’s India’s problem they did not had enough time to regard their neighbor’s best along with their economic prosperity! India’s rulers from past 20 years or more thought its government officers expatriate childrens earned money, transferred skills and network management is only biggest job for them! India suppose to lead in it’s varried roles in all fronts with it’s neighbor in South Asia as per expectation from the globe, could not delivered. Simply no serious thought given on formulating and improving policy towards its neighbor. Just lost in the greed of few administrative diplomat’s parrot taught old school of thought left by British India so called India’s foreign policy!

Frankly people from India and Nepal are far ahead in awareness than the leaders from there! All know India do not have any foreign policy with US, China or Nepal on the other and all know China have serious vision for US, India and Nepal. And all rest of the world including Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

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APEC team makes first Lumbini visit

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 12, 2011

MADHAV DHUNGANA
BAHAIRAHAWA, AUG 11 –
Representatives of China’s Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation (APEC) Foundation toured Lumbini on Thursday. The visit led by APEC Joint Chairman Colin Heseltine marks the first visit by the organisation after it announced a US$ 3 billion project to develop Lumbini as a global centre for Buddhism study.

Only on Wednesday, Taiwan-based communication company, TCCL, had returned after wrapping up the preliminary study on a modern communication facility for the proposed project.

“APEC is planning to transform Lumbini into an international hub for Buddhism, while helping in the preservation of ancient ruins and artifacts related to Buddhism,” said Heseltine.

He said APEC would equip Lumbini with modern communication technology and provide its assistance in infrastructure development works in the first phase. APEC could also launch various income generating activities to lift the economic standard of local people in the future, Heseltine said.

Majhilal Tharu Thainat, treasurer of Lumbini Development Trust, said that Heseltine’s visit helped confirm the APEC’s plan for Lumbini.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The Lumbini project: China’s $3 billion for Buddhism

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 16, 2011

By Melissa Chan

The town of Lumbini in Nepal is where the Buddha was born as Prince Gautama Siddhartha, before achieving

”]enlightenment more than 2,500 years ago. Now China is leading a project worth $3bn to transform the small town into the premier place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from around the world.  Little Lumbini will have an airport, highway, hotels, convention centre, temples and a Buddhist university. That’s in addition to the installation of water, electricity and communication lines it currently lacks.

That’s a lot of money anywhere – but especially for a country like Nepal whose GDP was $35bn last year. That means the project is worth almost 10 per cent of the country’s GDP. So what does China want back?

The organization behind the project is called the Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (APECF), a quasi-governmental non-governmental organisation. Its executive vice president, Xiao Wunan, is a member of the Communist Party and holds a position at the National Development and Reform Commission, a state agency.

On Friday, APECF held a signing ceremony for the project with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Read the rest of this entry »

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Facebook Upshot: Nepal – the Country of the Mt. Everest and the Buddha

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 22, 2011

A photo album was created in Facebook yesterday with the title “Nepal – the Country of the Mt. Everest and the Buddha“.  One of the objectives to create the album in this International Network is to give hands to “Nepal Tourism Year 2011” to promote Nepal. After this album some friends from different countries are either tagging themselves  or tagging to their friends and some are sharing in their walls. Let’s see this example:

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Another Chinese foundation plans to raise $ 3b to make Lumbini ‘magnet for Buddhists’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 20, 2011

Months after plans of a Chinese private sector company to invest Rs 8 billion to develop Lumbini as an International

Buddha Center hogged media headlines there comes news that a Chinese-backed foundation is planning to raise $ 3 billion to help Nepal develop Buddha’s birthplace.

According to Reuters, the Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation plans to raise the aforesaid amount at home and abroad “to build temples, an airport, a highway, hotels, convention centres and a Buddhist university in the town of Lumbini.”

Interestingly, UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is the vice-chairman of the foundation which aims to transform Lord Buddha’s birthplace in southern Nepal “into a magnet for Buddhists in the same way as Mecca is to Muslims and the Vatican for Catholics”, the report adds.

The foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with Nepal government last month to jointly develop and operate Lumbini.

According to the report, the foundation also pledged to bring communications, water and electricity to Lumbini.

“Lumbini will transcend religion, ideology and race. We hope to rejuvenate the spirit of Lord Buddha,” Xiao Wunan, a devout Buddhist who is executive vice president of the foundation, told the news agency.

The development of Lumbini will also help boost government revenues, create jobs and improve infrastructure in the impoverished corner of Nepal, the report cited the memorandum as stating. Read the rest of this entry »

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2555th Buddha Jayanti in UN Headquarters

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 19, 2011

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Buddhist Teachings

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 17, 2011

Buddhism is a philosophy of life expounded by Gautama Buddha (“Buddha” means “enlightened one”), who born in Lumbini, Nepal in the 6th Century B.C. The Buddha was not a god and the philosophy of Buddhism does not entail any theistic world-view. The teachings of the Buddha are aimed solely to liberate sentient beings from suffering.

The Basic Teachings of Buddha which are core of Buddhism are-

The Three Universal Truth
The Four Noble Truth
The Noble Eightfold Path

In Buddhism, the law of karma, says “for every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant according as its cause was skillful or unskillful.” Therefore, the law of Karma teaches that responsibility for unskillful actions is born by the person who commits them.

After his enlightenment, he went to the Deer Park near the holy city of Benares and shared his new understanding with five holy men. They understood immediately and became his disciples. This marked the beginning of the Buddhist community. For the next forty-five years, the Buddha and his disciples went from place to place in India spreading the Dharma, his teachings. Their compassion knew no bounds, they helped everyone along the way, beggars, kings and slave girls. At night, they would sleep where they were; when hungry they would ask for a little food.  Read the rest of this entry »

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