Buddha gift to Julia Gillard by Nepalese Community
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 21, 2013
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.
Assistant Treasurer and Minister Assisting for Deregulation Hon David Bradbury, Federal MP for Greenway Ms. Michelle Rowland, Chairperson of Sub Continent Friends of Labor Harish Velji (Fiji), Members of the Ministerial Consultative Committee, former President of UIA, Technical Director E Power Australia Pty Ltd. Amrinder Bajwa (India) and Vice President at women in film and television NSW and member of subcontinent ministerial consultative committee Aisha AK (Pakistan) were present in the program.
After the program the team met the minister for immigration and citizenship Hon. Chris Bowen and briefed about the program.
The full text of the letter:
Rt. Hon. Julia Gillard, MP
CANBERRA ACT 2600
19 June 2013
Dear Prime Minister,
On behalf of the Nepalese community living in Australia, we wish to present you and the Australian Government the gift of a Buddha Statue for Parliament House in Canberra.
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 as the world today is enduring more violence than ever before. We Nepalese are living in different parts of the world, therefore, have decided to spread the message of the Buddha globally by observing Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day every year as part of the World Peace Movement. We have decided to commemorate Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, by observing Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day as a global holiday in order to spread Buddha’s peace and nonviolence messages and to dismiss misinformation on Buddha’s birthplace all over the world.
“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.
We the Nepalese Community, therefore, would like to present you and the Australian government Buddha’s statue wishing Peace in Australia along with its prosperous development.
Ram Kumar Shrestha
Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement Global Coordinator
2/4 Shara Court, Belmont, Vic 3216
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