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आधिकारिक रुपमा वुद्ध नेपालमा जन्मनु भएको कुरामा समस्या छैन

Posted by worldamity on January 31, 2018

बुझ्नै पर्ने एउटा कुरा के हो भने चाहे प्रधानमन्त्रीका रुपमा मोदीले बिभिन्न देशमा वुद्ध जन्मस्थलबारे गलत कुरा बोलोस वा धर्म गुरुका रुपमा दलाई लामाले वा योग गुरुका रुपमा रामदेवले आफ्नो पुस्तकमा गलत लेखोस्, वा अझै खरबौं खर्चेर अन्य नक्कल्ली लुम्बिनी र कपिलवस्तु बनाओस त्यस्ले प्राबिधिक समस्याका कारण वुद्ध जन्मस्थल बिषयमा धेरै देशमा गलत जानकारी कायमै रहे तापनि बैज्ञानिक र पुरातात्विक तथ्यका आधारमा नेपालको लुम्बिनी नै बुद्ध जन्मस्थल भएको आधिकारिक सत्य र तथ्यको जरो कसैले पनि हल्लाउन सक्ने होइन । ती कार्यले आस्थायी रुपमा यसो हाँगाबिंगा हल्लाउने मात्रै हुन । हामीलाई चिन्ता के मात्रै हो भने त्यो स्तरका ब्यक्तिहरुले जे मन लाग्यो लेख्न वा बोल्न रमाउनाले नकारात्मक चरित्रयुक्त ब्यक्तिहरुले जस्तै आफूलाई प्रदर्शित गरेर आफूलाई हल्का बनाउनतिर नलागिदेवस ।

UNESCO                                                           Buddha statue at UNESCO Headquarters Paris

प्रो कनिङ्घामको नेतृत्वमा यूनेस्कोको लुम्बिनीमा भैरहेको अत्याधुनिक अनुसन्धात्मक उत्खननले बुद्ध जन्म समयबारे नयाँ बैज्ञानिक तथ्य सार्वजनिक गरिसकेको छ र यस्लाई बिस्वकै ठूला अन्तराष्ट्रिय संचार माध्यमहरुले प्राथमिकतामा पारे भने न्यासनल जियोग्राफीले त डकुमेण्ट्री नै बनाइसकेको छ । बुद्ध जन्मभूमि भएकै कारण राष्ट्र संघका पाँच महासचिबहरु र नोबेल शान्ति पुरस्कार बिजेताद्धय दलाई लामा र आङ साङ् सुचीले भ्रमण गरिसकेको, राष्ट्र संघ मार्फत नै पहिला प्रो केन्जो टांगेले र हालै प्रो क्वाकले गुरु योजनाहरु तयार पारेका र युनेस्कोले लुम्बिनीलाई बिस्व सम्पदा सूचिमा समाबेश गरिएको कारण बैज्ञानिक र पुरातात्विक तथ्यका आधारमा नेपालको लुम्बिनी नै बुद्ध जन्मस्थल भएकोमा सन्देह नहुँदा नहुँदै पनि केही प्राबिधिक कारणले गर्दा धेरै देशको पाठ्य पुस्तकमा वुद्धको जन्मस्थलबारे गलत जानकारी राखिएकोले विस्वका अधिकांश नागरिकमा वुद्ध जन्मस्थल बिषयमा गलत जानकारी हुनु स्वाभाबिकै हो ।

नेपालमा बस्नेले वुद्ध नेपालमा जन्मनु भएको कुरा संसारलाई थाहा छ भनेर भन्छन जुन गलत हो, किनकि धेरै देशको पाठ्य पुस्तकमा नै गलत जानकारी राखिएको छ भने उनीहरुले केका आधारमा सही जानकारी पाउन? पहिला गुगलले पनि गलत जानकारी दिने गर्थ्यो, यही अभियानपस्चात गुगलले सच्याउने काम गर्‍यो । आधिकारिक रुपमा समस्या नहुँदा नहुँदै पनि प्राबिधिक कारणले गर्दा यो समस्या रहेकोले हाम्रो दायित्व भनेको विस्वब्यापी रुपमा रहेको यो दिग्भ्रम निस्तेज गर्ने मात्रै हो न कि वुद्ध नेपालमा जन्मनु भएको भनेर प्रमाणित गर्ने । Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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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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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THE HIMALAYAN TALK : RAM KUMAR SHRESTHA SHARES HIS VIEWS

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 16, 2012

[Ram Kumar Shrestha, the Global Coordinator of ‘Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement’, founded in 2009 for raising awareness of the Buddha birth place Lumbini and Kapilvastu also, spoke to us tonight from Melborne, Australia. He opines that every Nepalese has a sacred duty to join hands towards the movement he has started for world peace through the Buddha’s teachings and messages. He strongly asserts that the Buddha was born in present day Lumbini of southern Nepal.]

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Greater Lumbini Master Plan: A Herculean Task Ahead

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 6, 2012

DR. JIBA RAJ POKHAREL

Dahal has a tall hill to climb‚ as the Greater Lumbini Project will be almost ten times costly than Lumbini alone. It is a Herculean task indeed. The need of revisiting the present rather ambitious Lumbini plan without diluting its sanctity and concepts has already been expressed in different quarters

Lumbini is again in the news, after remaining in the sidelines for a long time, following the formation of a high level committee chaired by the former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal. And, why shouldn’t it be when it is the birthplace of Buddha? Buddha’s notion that there is suffering in the world with desire as its cause has touched the heart and mind of innumerable people around the globe. It is unfortunate that Lumbini should face developmental constraints due to shortage of funds.
This is, however, not the first time that Lumbini has been virtually raised from the ashes in its three thousand year history. It came into prominence in 563 BC when Buddha was born. Lumbini was in the limelight during the visit of Emperor Ashoka, who erected the Lumbini pillar bearing an inscription of the birth of Buddha in 249 BC. Lumbini appears to have started to fall into oblivion as none of the visiting Chinese travelers Mr Yuch Chih in the fourth century, Mr. Fa Hsien in the fifth century and Mr. Yuan Chwang in the seventh make a mention of the all important Lumbini pillar inscription, implying that it was buried in the earth, and nobody bothered to maintain it which reflects serious neglect. It is reiterated by the observation of the horse capital of Lumbini pillar lying on the ground by Mr. Wang Hiuen Tse remaining unattended again in the seventh century. Lumbini was still well known as a Buddist religious site till the visit of Ripu Malla in the year 1312, which is evident from the inclusion of a popular Buddhist verse om mani padmeham in his inscription. But, after that the popularity of Lumbini seems to have taken a nose dive, as Khadga Shamsher had to clear several feet of earth around the Lumbini pillar, when he visited it in the year 1896 along with Mr. Fuhrer. It was given a new lease of life by Kaisher Shamsher in 1928, when he did some construction work. The visit of U Thant, the United Nations General Secretary in the 1950s, was instrumental for the present revival of Lumbini. He mobilized the international community leading to the formation of an International Committee for the development of Lumbini under the umbrella of the United Nations. This international move triggered the inception of Lumbini Development Committee in an effort to coordinate works at the national level.  Read the rest of this entry »

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नेपाली सन्चारद्धारा रामकुमार श्रेष्ठसंग गरिएको जानकारीमूलक कुराकानी

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 17, 2012

यही १५ र १६ तारिख नेपाली सन्चारद्धारा रामकुमार श्रेष्ठसंग गरिएको कुराकानी सुन्न सक्नु भएको छैन भने तलको लिंकमा गएर कुनै पनि बेला सुन्न सक्नु हुनेछ: 

नेपाली सन्चार लिंक: http://nepalisanchar.com/

कुराकानीमा जाने लिंक : http://soundcloud.com/kura-kani-pramod-k-soni/kura-kani-episode-2-every ( http://snd.sc/S1h2uc)

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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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Korean prez asked to correct Buddha’s birthplace

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 21, 2011

SEOUL, DEC 21 –

Nepal’s Ambassador to South Korea Kamal Prasad Koirala has written a letter to the South Korean President Lee Myung-bak requesting him to change the erroneous information in the South Korean textbooks regarding the birth of Lord Buddha.

The four-page-long letter states that Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini and that Lumbini is a part of Nepal. The letter further states that when India was under the British rule, some British writers had written that Buddha was born in India and this is still believed true in many parts of the world.

Koirala also said that the General Secretary of United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has shown keen interest in development of Lumbini, as it is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. He also stated that even the British Museum has changed the birthplace of Lord Buddha as Nepal on Nov 7.

Koirala has put for`th his belief that Lee would heed to the plea.

Koirala has also forwarded a copy of the letter to Lee Sang-ki, an establishing member of the Asia Journalist Association and the publisher of The Asian. Praising Koirala’s attempt, journalist Lee said that the South Korean government would definitely heed to it. Read the rest of this entry »

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प्रधानमन्त्रीद्धारा लुम्बिनी बिकासमा जोड

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 25, 2011

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2555th Buddha Jayanti in UN Headquarters

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 19, 2011

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