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मेलबर्नमा बिध्यार्थीहरुले बुद्ध जयन्ती मनाए धुमधामसंग

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 29, 2013

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ला ट्रोब युनिभर्सिटी, बण्डुरा, मेलबर्न २८ मइ, २०१३: मेलबर्नको बण्डुरास्थित ला ट्रोब यूनिभर्सिटिमा अध्ययनरत बिध्यार्थीहरुको संस्था ला ट्रोब यूनिभर्सिटी नेपालिज एसोसियसनले युनिभर्सिटी हाताभित्र पहिलो पटक बुद्ध जयन्ती धुमधामका साथ मनाएको छन । यो बर्षको बुद्ध जयन्ती बिदाको दिन परेकोले र बुद्धको जन्मस्थलका बिषयमा अनाबस्यक तवरबाट दिग्भ्रम सिर्जना गरिएकोले बिदेशीहरुका बीच पनि नेपाल र बुद्ध जन्मस्थलबारे जानकारी दिने अभिप्रायले कार्यक्रम बुद्ध जयन्तीपछि बिस्वबिध्यालय खुल्ने दिन आयोजना गरिएको थियो ।   Read the rest of this entry »

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An interview with Ram Kumar Shrestha by Nepal Israel

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 29, 2013

32नेपाल इजरायल डट नेटको कार्यक्रम प्रवासी आवाजको पाँचौ ramअंक वुद्ध जयन्ती विषेश लुम्बिनी -कपिलबस्तु दिवश अभियानका बिश्व संयोजक राम कुमार श्रेष्ठसंग

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60 years on, climbing challenges remain

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 29, 2013

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ON TOP: Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary after their triumph.

ON TOP: Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary after their triumph.

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No fancy new gear can take away the “man versus mountain” element of climbing, says one of Sir Edmund Hillary’s climbing contemporaries on the 60th anniversary of the climbing great’s conquest of Everest.

Wellingtonian Brian Wilkins, 88, was part of a New Zealand Alpine Club expedition to the Himalayas, led by Hillary in 1954, which tackled a series of mountains – Mr Wilkins himself summited six and survived a fall into a crevasse on one of the climbs with Hillary. He also made the first ascent of the northeast ridge of Mt Aspiring, in the Southern Alps. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Conscious Lifestyle: Awareness Skills – Diving Deep

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 27, 2013

By Deepak Chopra

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This is the fourth in a series of posts about skills in awareness; the first three skills were being centered, paying attention, and holding focus. You might want to review them since all four skills make a totality. The reason I’m calling these “skills” is that most people pay very little attention to the quality of their awareness – they are too distracted by the contents of the mind, the constant flow of thoughts, feelings, and sensations. But if you think about it, the ability to remain centered in a crisis is a skill, as is the ability to pay attention to what is happening in a complex situation and to remain sharply focused on the problem at hand.

To complete the set of awareness skills, there is the ability to dive deep into your mind when you need answers and solutions. Decision-making depends on this skill, since bad decisions are mostly made when someone’s mind is anxious, confused, conflicted, or superficial. It’s crucial to get past these obstacles somehow.

When I think of my mind, I see the image of a river. On the surface there are lapping waves, and the current flows fast. Dive beneath the surface and the same river flows slower; there are no waves agitating the water. Keep diving, and the water slows even more, until at the bottom there is hardly any motion at all. Yet it’s all the same river. Most people spend 90 percent of their waking hours at the surface of the mind, which is tossed and turned by daily events. It would be easy to believe that this restless activity is the mind. There is nothing else until you dive deeper and experience it.

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A Secret to Happiness: Clean Off My Desk

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 27, 2013

Gretchen Rubin, Bestselling author; blogger http://www.happiness-project.com

Gretchen Rubin2370299One of the big insights I’ve gained from my happiness project is that for me (as for many people),outer order contributes to inner calm. I feel more serene and cheerful if my apartment and office aren’t too messy.

Something else I’ve learned from my happiness project is to be wary whenever I have the urge to “treat” myself, because often my treats don’t make me happy in the long run. One of my “treats” is to let piles of papers, clothes, books, and dishes pile up – which does indeed end up making me feel less happy.

When I need to to calm myself, I take an hour and clean my office. I did this a few days ago. I’d been under some pressure, and I’d let it become a wreck, because I wasn’t taking the time to put anything away. I kept putting off little tasks, thinking, “It’s more important to answer my emails,” “I need to get this little piece written first,” “I need a break, I don’t want to deal with this now,” but finally, I got down to it.

I set aside an hour and tackled the mess. Methodically I entered reading notes, copied information, filed, wrote emails, tossed papers, took coffee cups to the kitchen, etc. One of my daily habits is to take notes on a scratch pad – mostly to-do reminders – and these pile up quickly. I worked my way through the items on those sheets so I could toss them out. Read the rest of this entry »

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पोल्याण्डमा लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियानको सोर्हौं राष्ट्रिय समिति गठन

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 26, 2013

-दामोदरप्रसाद आचार्य

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विश्व मानचित्रमा नेपाल दक्षिण एसियामा रहेको सानो र हालसम्म गरिब मुलुक भनेर चिनिएको छ । वास्तवमा सानो मुलुक भए पनि राष्ट्रको विकाशको लागि प्रचुर सम्भावनाहरु भएको देश पनि नेपाल हो भनेर अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय समुदायले समेत भन्ने गर्दै आएको सत्यता लुकेको छैन । नेपाल र नेपालीको विकाश सम्भव छ तर हामी नेपालीले राष्ट्रिय भावनाबाट ओतप्रोत नहुने र देशप्रतिको मोहबाट ओझेलिने हो भने त्यो सम्भव पनि हुदैन । किनकि एउटाले मात्रै देशलाई राम्रो र समृद्ध बनाउन चाहँदैमा त्यो सम्भव हुदैन । आम नेपालीले राष्ट्रप्रतिको जिम्मेवारी बोध गरेर हातेमालो गर्दै अगाडि बढ्नु त्यसको लागि अपरिहार्य हुन्छ । Read the rest of this entry »

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राष्ट्र संघको हेगस्थित अन्तराष्ट्रिय न्यायालयमा बुद्धको मूर्ति स्थापना गरिने

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 21, 2013

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Buddha Statue Design to be kept in Peace Palace

अन्तरराष्ट्रिय मुद्धा मामिलाहरुको अन्तिम निर्णय गर्ने संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघको अभिन्न अङ्गका रुपमा रहेको नेदरल्याण्डको हेगस्थित अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय न्यायालय (International Court of Justice), जस्लाई शान्ति दरबार (Peace Palace) को रुपमा पनि चिनिन्छ, को एक कक्षमा विश्वकै ख्याति प्राप्त ब्यक्तिहरुको पूर्ण तथा अर्धकदका प्रतिमाहरु रहेकोमा शान्तिका प्रतिमूर्ति बुद्धको प्रतिमा नभएकोले सो राख्न नेपाल सरकार मार्फत प्रकृया अगाडि बढाइएपस्चात न्यायालयले नेपाल सरकारलाई न्यायालयमा न्यायाधिशहरु बस्ने कोठा अगाडि बुद्धको मूर्ति राख्न अनुमति दिएको छ ।न्यायालयमा चाँदीको आवरणमा सुनको जलप सहितको धातुको साँढे दुई फिट अग्लो करीब २० किलोग्रामको ध्यान मुद्रामा रहेको बुद्धको मूर्ति प्रतिस्थापन गर्ने काम आगामी जुनको तेश्रो हप्तामा गरिनेछ । सो मूर्तिमा बुद्ध जन्मस्थल बिषयमा सिर्जित बिस्वब्यापी दिग्भ्रमका कारण सो दिग्भ्रम निस्तेज पार्ने काममा नागरिक स्तरबाट बिस्व अभियानमा कार्यरत लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियानले बुद्ध जन्मस्थल बिषयमा सिर्जित बिस्वब्यापी दिग्भ्रमका कारण बुद्धको प्रतिमाका साथमा बुद्ध नेपालमा जन्मनु भएको सन्देश कुनै न कुनै किसिमबाट समाबेश गरिनु पर्ने सुझाब अनुसार अभियान र गैरआवासीय नेपाली संघभित्र बिभिन्न बुद्धिजीबीहरुसंग भएका छलफलको निचोडको रुपमा बुद्धको जन्मस्थान नेपाल भएको जानकारी समेत यसरी राखिनेछ:

Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC in Lumbini, Nepal.
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”                Lord Buddha

अन्तराष्ट्रिय न्यायालयबाट बुद्धको मूर्ति अन्तराष्ट्रिय न्यायलय परिसरमा राख्ने अनुमति नेपाल सरकारलाई प्राप्त भएपछि त्यस्को लागि आबस्यक संपूर्ण खर्च गैरआवासीय नेपाली संघले ब्यहोर्ने गरी बुद्धको प्रतिमा स्थापनासम्बन्धी संपूर्ण कार्यको संयोजनका लागि गैरआवासीय नेपाली संघ अन्तराष्ट्रिय समन्वय परिषदका तर्फबाट सुरेन्द्र श्रेष्ठलाई संयोजकमा तोकेको थियो र यस्को लागि संयोजक सुरेन्द्र श्रेष्ठका अनुसार करीब १० लाख लाग्ने अनुमान छ ।

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The Conscious Lifestyle: Awareness Skills – Holding focus

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 20, 2013

By Deepak Chopra

Deepak-chopraThis is the third in a series of posts about skills in awareness; the first two were being centered and paying attention. Being centered brings you into the present moment. Paying attention allows you to fully engage in the moment. Now we arrive at the next skill, holding focus.

When you desire something to come about – a goal, outcome, or solution – keeping focused on it comes naturally. But does awareness have its own power to bring about results? In other words, leaving aside the work needed to create an accomplishment, can you find a quicker, easier path by being more conscious? To find out, you must use a different kind of focus, known as “clear intention.”

Knowing what you want, uncomplicated by confusion, is a clear intention. Your body obeys clear intentions more easily than confused intentions. Every time you hesitate or feel mixed emotions, your intention is no longer clear. It’s the difference between running a marathon burning to win and running the same marathon worrying that you might collapse halfway through. The brain is thrown off by mixed messages, even when they are subtle. For example, if you know how to make an omelet, it will generally take less than two minutes from start to finish. But try timing yourself against the clock, setting a deadline of two minutes. You’ll find yourself fumbling over easy steps, and at the very least your mind will be divided between making the omelet and keeping your eye on the clock.

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The problem of mixed motives leads to much frustration. Think of how hard it has been to make decisions in your own life when you felt ambivalent, indecisive, or unsupported in your decision-making. These factors affect not just you but the entire situation. Worse still are decisions that must be made where there is distrust, rivalry, and hidden agendas. A group of people with mixed motives isn’t conducive to reaching any goal smoothly, and when a bad result occurs and outsiders ask, “What were they thinking?” The answer is usually “They were thinking too many things at once.”

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The Eight Splendid Truths of Happiness

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 20, 2013

By Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen RubinIn my study of happiness, I’ve labored to identify its fundamental principles. Because I get a tremendous kick out of the numbered lists that pop up throughout Buddhism (the Triple Refuge, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Four Noble Truths, the eight auspicious symbols), I decided to dub these fundamental principles as my Eight Splendid Truths.

Each one of these truths sounds fairly obvious and straightforward, but each was the product of tremendous thought. Take the Second Splendid Truth—it’s hard to exaggerate the clarity I gained when I finally managed to put it into words. Here they are:

First Splendid Truth
To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.

Second Splendid Truth
One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy;
One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.

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Third Splendid Truth
The days are long, but the years are short. (Click here to see my one-minute movie; of everything I’ve written about happiness, I think this video resonates most with people.) Read the rest of this entry »

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बुद्ध जयन्तीमा नयाँ परंपरा थालनीको अपरिहार्यता

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 18, 2013

बुद्धको बिस्वब्यापी महत्वबाट लालायितहरुद्धारा सत्यका पर्यायबाची बुद्धको उन्कै नाममा असत्यको खेती गर्दै उन्को नामबाट नाजायज फयदा लिन बुद्ध जन्मस्थल बिषयमा सिर्जना गरिएको अनाबस्यक दिग्भ्रमले बिस्वब्यापी रुप लिएकोले बर्षेनी या त झुक्किएर या त झुक्याइएर बुद्ध जन्मस्थल जान चाहने हजारौंको संख्यामा गलत ठाउँमा पुग्ने वा पुर्याइने गरिन्छ । यस्ले उनीहरुको मानबाधिकार हनन भैरहेको छ । यसैले उनीहरुको मानबाधिकार हनन हुनबाट जोगाउन र सत्यको प्रतिरक्षार्थ पनि बुद्ध जयन्तीमा बुद्ध जन्मस्थल बिषयमा सिर्जित दिग्भ्रम निस्तेज पार्ने कामलाई प्राथमिकतामा पारिनु पर्ने अवस्था सिर्जना हुन आएको छ असत्य सत्य जस्तो देखाइने सिर्जित अवस्थाका कारण सत्यलाई सत्यकै रुपमा स्थापित गर्न । यसैले लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियान (पहिला कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियान) शुरु भएपछिका बुद्ध जयन्ती मनाउने क्रममा बिभिन्न देशमा बुद्ध नेपालमा जन्मिनु भएको सन्देश संप्रेषण कार्य प्राथमिकतामा पर्न आएको छ ।

By रामकुमार श्रेष्ठ

Ramबुद्ध जयन्ती (बुद्ध पूर्णिमा या वेसाक) बौद्ध धर्ममा आस्था राख्ने बिस्वभरी छरिएर रहेका ५० करोडभन्दा बढीको लागिBuddha birth place सबैभन्दा ठूलो चाड हो भने बुद्धिज्मलाई धर्मभन्दा बढी बिज्ञानको रुपमा स्वीकार्ने लाखौंको लागि पनि त्यत्तिकै महत्वपूर्ण दिन हो । बिस्वब्यापी महत्वको यस दिनको एउटा अनौठो बिशेषता हो – बुद्धको जन्म, ज्ञान प्राप्ती र महापरिनिर्वाण तिनै महत्वपूर्ण घटना यही दिन अर्थात वैशाख पूर्णिमाको दिन हुनु । नेपालको लुम्बिनीमा ५६३ ई.पू. जन्मनु भएका सिद्धार्थ गृहत्यागपश्चात सात वर्षसम्म जंगलमा भटकिएर बोधगया अबस्थित पिपलको बोटमुनि कठोर तपस्या गरेपछि अंततः वैशाख पूर्णिमाका दिन बोधगयामा बुद्धत्व प्राप्त गर्नु भयो । त्यसै बेलादेखि यस दिनलाई बुद्ध पूर्णिमाको रूपमा मानिन थालिएको हो । यही पूर्णिमाको दिन ४८३ ई. पू. मा ८० वर्षको उमेरमा कुशीनगरमा महापरिनिर्वाण प्राप्त गर्नु भएको थियो बुद्धले । श्रीलंका र केही अन्य दक्षिण-पूर्व एशियाली देशहरुमा यस दिनलाई ‘वेसाक’ उत्सवको रूपमा मनाउने गरिन्छ जुन ‘वैशाख’ शब्दको अपभ्रंश हो । संयुक्त राष्ट्र संघको क्यालेण्डरमा पनि ‘वेसाक’ शब्दलाई नै प्रयोग गरिएको छ ।

बुद्धको बिस्वब्यापी महत्वबाट लालायितहरुद्धारा सत्यका पर्यायबाची बुद्धको उन्कै नाममा असत्यको खेती गर्दै उन्को नामबाट नाजायज फयदा लिन बुद्ध जन्मस्थल बिषयमा सिर्जना गरिएको अनाबस्यक दिग्भ्रमले बिस्वब्यापी रुप लिएकोले बर्षेनी या त झुक्किएर या त झुक्याइएर बुद्ध जन्मस्थल जान चाहने हजारौंको संख्यामा गलत ठाउँमा पुग्ने वा पुर्याइने गरिन्छ । यस्ले उनीहरुको मानबाधिकार हनन भैरहेको छ । यसैले उनीहरुको मानबाधिकार हनन हुनबाट जोगाउन र सत्यको प्रतिरक्षार्थ पनि बुद्ध जयन्तीमा बुद्ध जन्मस्थल बिषयमा सिर्जित दिग्भ्रम निस्तेज पार्ने कामलाई प्राथमिकतामा पारिनु पर्ने अवस्था सिर्जना हुन आएको छ असत्य सत्य जस्तो देखाइने सिर्जित अवस्थाका कारण सत्यलाई सत्यकै रुपमा स्थापित गर्न । यसैले लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियान (पहिला कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियान) शुरु भएपछिका बुद्ध जयन्ती मनाउने क्रममा बिभिन्न देशमा बुद्ध नेपालमा जन्मिनु भएको सन्देश संप्रेषण कार्य प्राथमिकतामा पर्न आएको छ ।

बुद्ध जयन्ती छुट्टाछुट्टै मनाउने परंपरालाई बिस्तारै संयुक्त रुपमा मनाएर आवाज सशक्त बनाउने नयाँ परंपरा शुरु हुन थालेको छ । एकार्कामा प्रेम र आदर भाव राखिनु पर्ने बुद्धको शिक्षा प्रचार प्रसार गर्नेहरु नै एकार्कामा अहं भाव प्रदर्शन गर्नु अशोभनीय भएकोले अनेकतामा एकतालाई अंगीकार गर्दै संभब भएसम्म संयुक्त र संगठित रुपमा बुद्ध जयन्ती मनाउनुको सकारात्मक सन्देशतर्फ बौद्ध धर्माबलम्बीहरु सचेत र सजग हुनु नितान्त आबस्यक छ । यो बर्ष २५५७ औं बुद्ध जयन्ती मनाउनको लागि सिडनीमा न्यू साउथ वेल्सका लागि नेपाली कन्सुलेट, तमु समाज सिडनी, बुद्ध दर्शन समिति, तमाङ सोसाइटी न्यू साउथ वेल्स, गुठी अस्ट्रेलिया, मगर समाज अस्ट्रेलिया, पोखरा समाज सिडनी, म्याग्दी सेवा समिति, नवास, चिनारी नेपाल, शेर्पा किडोग सिडनी, थकाली समाज सिडनी, लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियान अस्ट्रेलिया राष्ट्रिय समिति र छन्त्याल परिवार सिडनी गरी चौध संस्थाहरु र इजरायलमा नेपाली राजदुताबास इजरायल, लुम्बिनी-कपिलबस्तु दिवश अभियान इजरायल रास्ट्रिय समिति, आदिबासी जनजाती महासंघ इजरायल, किरात राई यायोख्खा सोसाइटी इन इजरायल, नेवा खल इजरायल [नेवारी समाज], तामांग समाज इजरायल, शेर्पा संघ इजरायल, गुरुङ समाज, अन्तरास्ट्रिय कलाकार मंच, नारी आवाज, एनआरएनए इजरायल र विश्व नेपाली साहित्य महासङ्घ गरी १२ संस्थाहरु संयुक्त रुपमा जुटिरहेका छन । त्यसरी नै २५५७ औ बुद्ध जयन्तिको अवसरमा लिस्वन, ब्रसेल्स, टोकियो, मेलबर्न आदि ठाउँहरुमा बुद्ध नेपालमा नै जन्मेका हुन भन्ने सन्देशलाई समेत प्रचार प्रसार गरी बुद्ध जन्मस्थलबारे सिर्जित दिग्भ्रमहरु निस्तेज पार्न प्रयास गरिनेछ आ-आफ्नो स्तरबाट । Read the rest of this entry »

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The Fear Factor: How Scared Are People?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 18, 2013

By Deepak Chopra, MD Senior Scientist The Gallup Organization, and Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup Organization

Deepak-chopraheadshotOver the past decade the word “fear” has become all too familiar. After 9/11, critics of the war on terror called it fear-mongering. After the financial crash of 2008, living in a climate of fear became the lot of millions of people who lost their jobs, retirement accounts, and homes. But what about the most basic fear, which undermines society itself, the fear of bodily harm, either through crime or terrorism? Walking the streets in countries around the world carries a real risk of being attacked. The incidence of kidnapping has skyrocketed in Mexico and South America. The shocking rates of rape have come to light in India. Religious factions in the Islamic world create havoc and death for ordinary citizens.

In the face of such violence, the prevalence of fear can have a profound effect on the health, well-being, and economic development: if a society is in a constant state of fear, it won’t produce anything good.

Since this issue has such strong implications, Gallup’s World Poll set out to quantify fear of bodily harm. The usual measure, police reports and crime statistics, aren’t particularly reliable, since what they report is how many criminals were pursued or caught. If a city has a lousy police force, it doesn’t catch many criminals, and thus it may appear that there isn’t much crime. (Ironically, if a reform-minded mayor brings in an effective police chief, and the chief does a great job at arresting more criminals, it can present the appearance of crime going up.) A contributing factor is non-reporting. Statistics don’t reveal the large number of victims who don’t go to the police after being robbed, raped, or assaulted on the streets. Sad to say, unreported crime is a major factor globally.

In trying to give governments a more accurate picture of crime and fear, Gallup scientists found one survey question that gets to the heart of the matter: “Do you feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where you live?” The answer to that single question tells leaders almost everything they need to know about their citizens’ sense of safety. People who feel unsafe are preoccupied to the point that their well-being deteriorates. Over time, fear worsens how their entire lives will turn out. Read the rest of this entry »

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Engineers come into their own with new £1m QEII Prize

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 18, 2013

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Only one member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese Politburo is not an engineer or scientist. More than half American senators are lawyers. In Britain only one MP is a former research scientist. Soon China will be the world’s richest country and we wonder why. Perhaps this should be self-evident.

When the architectural writer Charles Jencks featured on Desert Island Discs last summer his first choice of music was a simple one: “Male architects are so vain,” he said. So that would be Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain’, then? Indeed it was.

What would he have picked for engineers, one wonders?

For more than a century, engineers have always been the bridesmaids, never the bride, when it comes to making architects’ flights of fancy structurally sound. More than that, they have often provided the core aesthetic of the building, the iconic image by which it is seen and remembered.

An early example is the Eiffel Tower in Paris, by Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) – a supposedly temporary building (like our London Eye) which has become the defining image of a capital city. It was built for the 1889 Paris World Fair.  At first local people hated it, but it attracted millions of visitors. Four years earlier the engineer had designed the wrought-iron skeleton structure inside the Statue of Liberty in New York harbour.      Read the rest of this entry »

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NAV Excellence Award 2013: Movement Activists Overwhelmed

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 17, 2013

Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement activists this year overwhelmed after NAV Excellence Award 2013 announcement as its Global Coordinator, Solangture (one of its Directors Raju Shakya is in Lumbini Promotion International Committee), Nepali Sanchar Media (its Managing Director Promod K. Soni in Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement Victoria Committee), Sahitya Sangeet Jamaghat (some active members of this Jamaghat Anupam Sayar, Sabin Thapa and Ramjee Poudel are in Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement Victoria Committee), United Football Club (one of the most active members of the club Mahesh K. Shrestha is the Vice president of Geelong Nepalese Association that played active role in this year Pako Festa) were awarded and Miss Nepal Australia 2012 Deepashree Shah, who played active role in this year Pako Festa got appreciation for her active role in community activities. NAV Excellence Award 2013 winner Rohan Khanal topped this year VCE with score 99.4%.

Award to Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for its Commendable Service to Nepalese Community

Award to Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for its Commendable Service to Nepalese Community

Nepalese Association of Victoria (NAV), on behalf of Nepalese Community in Victoria, has successfully concluded a year round program with presentation of the NAV Excellence Award 2013 in an event on 12th May 2013 at Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, Victoria, Australia. The event was packed with cultural program and Gala Dinner serving Nepalese traditional food.

The Gala Dinner and the Award presentation event was presented by Nepalese Association of Victoria (NAV) and managed by Solangture. Read the rest of this entry »

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“हाम्रो सिमानालाई मिचेको हो कि बेचेको हो ?”

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 11, 2013

नेपालको सरकारी टेलीभिजन NTV , PLUS र अन्य नीजि टेलिभिजन च्यानलले प्रतिबंध लगाएको रास्ट्रिय भाब बोकेको “The Axe Band”को गीत “हाम्रो सिमानालाई मिचेको हो कि बेचेको हो ?” – शायदै नेपाल सरकारसंग यो प्रश्नको उत्तर होला । सरकारको अलावा जबाफ खोज्नु पर्ने अन्य बिभिन्न अंगहरुले पनि यस्को जबाफ खोज्नुलाई नागरिकीय दायित्वको रुपमा लिने छैनन । खुट्टा कमाउँदै “घ्याम्पो डरायो म त डराएन” भन्नेहरु चिन्न बाँकी छैनन अब हाम्रो सामु । ती सबै जमाना अनुसार बाँच्न जान्नेहरुका बीच बाँच्न नजान्नेहरुको दायित्व बन्न आएको छ “बेचेको हो वा मिचेको हो ?” प्रश्नको जबाफ खोज्ने जिम्मेवारी ।

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हाम्रो सिमानालाई मिचेको हो कि बेचेको हो ?
पहिलो कुरा यो बुझ्नु छ चक्रब्युह कसले रचेको हो ?
टनकपुर र कालापानी मिचेको हो कि बेचेको हो ?
दोस्रो कुरा यो बुझ्नु छ सम्झौता कसले रचेको हो ?

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Time ripe for signing a new Nepal-China Treaty of Peace and Friendship

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 7, 2013

news_579416435[Nepal initiated an important proposal since 1993 that Buddha should be declared as “Light of the Universe” in place of ‘Light of Asia’ only. Dr. Bishnu Hari Nepal, former Vigya Member, Foreign Policy Draft Sub-committee, Legislative Parliament of Nepal, is strongly advocating it in the international level. International Relations and Human Rights Committee of the dissolved Legislative Parliament of Nepal had unanimously passed the vision making it a part of the campaign of the Nepalese Foreign Policy. This article is based on that concept.]
Professor Dr. Bishnu Hari Nepal
Buddha: The light of Universe

obama-buddhax-largeAfter going through the book, as a normal reader, I got an impression that Nepal that time, through her Great Son of the Soil, Buddha —the enlightened one, was able to contribute a great and influential philosophy with its impact on the pattern of life of the people -to our today’s great neighbors India and China in particular, Asia and the world in general. I remember the kind words from the great Buddhist philosopher of the 21st century, poet laureate of Japan, global peace initiator and President of Soka Gakai International (SGI) Daisaku Ikeda during our meeting in 1995 in Tokyo, “Japan was indebted to Nepal for their present culture, civilization, way of life, behavioral patterns, and thinking and even to the visionary approaches”. He had also added that it was through the flow of Buddhism -the enlightenment of the ancient Himalayan civilization. In response, I had said, “It is now — just the reverse- you are promoting peace and philosophy of Buddhism from the Far East to the West”. He had laughed.

Clinton with BuddhaTo my satisfaction now Nepal China Society has done a credible job adding a brick in enhancing Nepal’s deep cultural ties with China and the world. Japan’s case, Buddhism started perhaps only from the sixth century via China and Korea.

On the contrary, the case of China, Buddhism entered to this country crossing the mighty Himalayas, through the Silk Road. The authors in this book argue that this was during the 1st or 2nd century CE. As a normal materialist Nepali thinker of the 21 st century, it gives me a sense of great pride and inspiration, and also impression to be looking for a second child of Buddha’s and Araniko’s repute for the 21st century Nepal. Specially, on the political grounds, today’s Nepal badly needs it!

For me Buddhism is a philosophy directly related to the way of life of the people. As a matter of fact, it was a materialist theory, alternative to the then existing religions. But during the course of time, Buddha being too much popular by his deeds, people started regarding Buddha himself as God and Buddhism as a religion. Hindus also took the opportunity and made him the incarnation of Vishnu! I do not believe in such superstitions. I believe in the strong scientific fact of explorations that he was the Prince of Lumbini-Kapilvastu of Nepal. But I respect the beliefs of the people. Read the rest of this entry »

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