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How Not to Treat the Buddha

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 30, 2013

By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW
 

A hotel in France with a “Little Buddha” room that includes a toilet cover with Buddha’s image. The hotel, Moulin de Broaille in the Burgundy region of central France, went a step too far when it used toilet covers bearing an image of the Buddha’s head, This hurts about 500 million Buddhists all over the world and strongly condemnable act.

People walk around the Buddha Statue holding candles during Makha Bucha Day at Buddhist Park in in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand in February.Athit Perawongmetha/Getty ImagesPeople walk around the Buddha Statue holding candles during Makha Bucha Day at Buddhist Park in in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand in February.

BEIJING — Would you be offended by a toilet seat cover sporting an image of Jesus? Or Muhammad?

Some Thai Buddhists are upset that Buddha’s image is being taken in vain by “foreigners” who, they say, see it as a philosophical and not a religious symbol and don’t give Buddha the respect he deserves.

These sentiments flared anew last week after reports of a hotel in France with a “Little Buddha” room that includes a toilet cover with Buddha’s image.

The hotel, Moulin de Broaille in the Burgundy region of central France, went a step too far when it used toilet covers bearing an image of the Buddha’s head, The Bangkok Post reported last week, citing “Thai Buddhists” in a story titled “Buddhists Enraged by Toilet in France.” (The hotel didn’t respond to an email requesting comment.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Meet Fuji, The 3-Year-Old Photographer Who Will Steal Your Heart (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 30, 2013

Nigerian photographer Onafujiri “Fuji” Remet made a name for himself earlier this summer when his work was showcased in a Lagos exhibition.

Aside from his curious eye and ability to capture the color and motion of Nigerian street life, Remet received attention for his miniature stature — he is three years old after all.

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Yes, you read that right. Little Fuji learned to man a Sony SLR before most of us could spell our names. His photos capture everything from street vendors to family portraits, from an unusually pint-sized vantage point.

Fuji’s early initiation to the art world can be attributed to his creative family. His father and two older sisters are artists as well. At present, the ambitious young photographer has 3,000 images to his name, according to Visual News. Not bad for a toddler, but Remet’s father has even bigger hopes for his budding child prodigy.

“I hope he grows up to become a larger than life photographer, who’ll explore his natural platform to impact remarkably on the course of humanity,” he told CNN.

Although Fuji may be one of the youngest artists we’ve featured on The Huffington Post Arts&Culture page, he is certainly not the only youngun to explore his creative side. Six-year-old Shorya Mahanot shows a striking resemblance to a young Jackson Pollock while eleven-year-old Autumn de Forest works in a pop art state of mind. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddha birth place issue honesty on “Kaun Banega Crorepati”

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 26, 2013

Popular Indian TV program Kaun Banega Crorepati, Super Star Amitabh Bacchan and the participant-winner of Rs. 6,40.000 became honest on Buddha birth place issue despite many Indians’ want. Even Zakaria never apologized for his mistake in his book “THE POST-AMERICAN WORLD” despite all sorts of pressure. Good on you.

Relevant link:

Newsweek Editor Fareed Zakaria Apologised Tactfully

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Asia’s Nobel Prize for fighting Nepal’s flesh trade

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 25, 2013

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ramon32KATHMANDU, July 24 While thousands of Nepali girls and women continue to struggle in red light hell in some corner of the country or abroad, a team of survivors of a similar fate who are fighting endlessly for the rescue of other victims of the flesh trade, has been nominated for the highly prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award.
Shakti Samuha is among the five latest winners of the award, which is considered Asia´s equivalent of the Noble Prize.

But even at the moment of glory, the eyes of team members are moist and their smiles not free of pain. Chairimaiya Tamang and Sunita Dunuwar, two of the 15 women who founded Shakti Samuha in 2000, could not stop empathising with many other Charimaiyas and Sunitas who are waiting to be rescued from a living death of satisfying the lust of many every single day. The two were informed this morning about the selection for the Magsaysay, which will fetches them $50,000.

“We were so soaked in the darkness of that hell that it is always there deep inside us. And we feel deep in our hearts that countless Nepali girls and women are still trapped in that situation, although a smile might often break in our faces,” said Tamang. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kate Middleton Baby Born: Duchess Of Cambridge Gives Birth!

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 23, 2013

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Kate Middleton’s baby is finally here! Buckingham Palace confirms that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy, the first child for her and Prince William.

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President Barack Obama issued a statement Monday on Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton giving birth to a baby boy, her first child with Prince William.

Obama’s statement read:

Michelle and I are so pleased to congratulate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the joyous occasion of the birth of their first child. We wish them all the happiness and blessings parenthood brings. The child enters the world at a time of promise and opportunity for our two nations. Given the special relationship between us, the American people are pleased to join with the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the birth of the young prince

Earlier Monday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the first family had been waiting with “anticipation” for news on the birth.

Middleton, who was admitted to the hospital on Monday morning, gave birth at 4:24 p.m. London time. The child weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces, according to palace officials.

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Kate was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital on the morning of July 22. She and Prince William arrived via car through a secret side entrance. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kenichi Ebina Performs an Epic Matrix- Style Martial Arts Dance

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 21, 2013

Enjoy your weekend with this amazing video

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Latest Parenting Trend: The CTFD Method

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 19, 2013

By David Vienna, Screenwriter, playwright and author of  TheDaddyComplex.com

ParentingI know many people want to stay current with the latest parenting trends — attachment parenting, minimalist parenting, Tiger Mother parenting, et al. Well, I’ve stumbled upon a new technique that will guarantee your child grows up to be an exemplary student and citizen. It’s called CTFD, which stands for “Calm The F*ck Down.” And that’s not a message to give your kids. It’s for you.

Using CTFD assures you that — whichever way you choose to parent — your child will be fine (as long as you don’t abuse them, of course). To see it in action, here are some sample parenting scenarios and how CTFD can be employed:

  • Worried your friend’s child has mastered the alphabet quicker than your child?Calm the f*ck down.
  • Scared you’re not imparting the wisdom your child will need to survive in school and beyond? Calm the f*ck down.
  • Concerned that you’re not the type of parent you thought you’d be? Calm the f*ck down.
  • Upset that your child doesn’t show interest in certain areas of learning? Calm the f*ck down.
  • Stressed that your child exhibits behavior in public you find embarrassing? Calm the f*ck down.

Yes, using the CTFD method, you’ll find the pressure lifted and realize your child loves you no matter what, even if they’ve yet to master the alphabet. You’ll also learn that whether or not you’re the best parent in the world, as long as you love your child, they’ll think you are and that’s what matters. Plus, CTFD makes you immune to those that prey upon the fears of new parents, like pseudoscientists and parenting authors.

To use CTFD, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Calm the f*ck down.
  2. There is no second step. Read the rest of this entry »

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21 Reasons A Dog Is The Best Investment You Will Ever Make (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 19, 2013

Are you tired of being let down by life?

We feel your pain.

There is one thing in life, though, that will never disappoint you.

A dog.

1. Imagine being greeted by this when you come home. EVERY DAY.

2. Imagine never feeling unloved again.  Read the rest of this entry »

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अस्ट्रेलियाको एमएन टेलिभिजनमा नेपाल भाषा कार्यक्रम म्हशिका ।।।

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 19, 2013

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सिडनी, अस्ट्रेलिया:  नेपालको प्राचीन भाषा- नेपाल भाषामा नेपाल बाहिर पहिलो पल्ट अस्ट्रेलियामा नेपाल भाषाको टेलिभिजन कार्यक्रम प्रसारण भएको छ । एक्जेक्युटिभ प्रोड्युसर महेन्द्र ओली, प्रोग्राम होस्ट गंगा बहादुर नेम्कुल, क्यामरा म्यान एबं एडिटर सौरव मानन्धर  र प्रोग्राम कोअर्डिनेटर सुमन सिवाकोटीको प्रयासले नेपाल बाहिर नेपालको कला संस्कृति, प्राचीन नेपाल भाषाको जगेर्ना एबं यसप्रति समर्पित ब्यक्तिहरुको चिनारी दिने मूल उदेस्य लिएको र भाषा कुनै समूह बिशेषको नभै सबैको साझा हुन् भने सबैमा जागरण दिन यस कार्यक्रमले मद्धत पुराउनेमा संचालक संमूहले विश्वास लिएको छ – संचालक समूहका एक संदस्ले बताए । Read the rest of this entry »

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World’s largest building opens in west China

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 13, 2013

BEIJING (AP) — Move aside Dubai. China now has what is billed as the world’s largest building — a vast, wavy rectangular box of glass and steel that will house shops, hotels, offices and a faux ocean beach with a huge LED screen for video sunsets.

World's largest building opens in west China

In this photo taken Friday June 28, 2013, people walk in the main hall of the New Century Global Center, the world’s largest single building, in the suburbs of Chengdu, in southwest China’s Sichuan province. The world’s largest building, in terms of floor space, has opened to the public in the booming Chinese city of Chengdu.(AP Photo) CHINA OUT

The mammoth New Century Global Center that opened last month in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu has 1.7 million square meters (19 million square feet) of floor space — or about 329 football fields — edging out the previous record-holder, the Dubai airport. Read the rest of this entry »

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The bravest girl Malala’s 16th birthday (Videos)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 13, 2013

Update:

Malala speech in the UN

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Today is Malala’s 16th birthday.

Soon she’ll take to the UN floor with more than 3,500,000 of our voices behind her and tell the world about her fight for education for every girl and boy in the world. The support for her campaign has been overwhelming, and we’ve got much more to do,  but now is our time to celebrate.

It’s been a long road, but today the bravest girl we know will spend her birthday fighting for others. So let’s show her how important her strength and courage are to all of us. Read the rest of this entry »

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NEFESO-Australia Announcement

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 8, 2013

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Ganga Nemkul Sydney 7 July 2013: A new organization ‘Nepalese Federal Society Australia’ (NEFESO-Australia) has formally announced at the Ashbury Senior Citizen Centre hall, Sydney Australia as a sister organization of Federal Socialist Party Nepal (FSP). The editor in chief  of the Nepali Patra Rishi Acharya who was conducting the election process announced the name of the executive members as: Co-coordinator Ganesh Tamang; Assistant Coordinator  Upendra Shrestha; Secretary Narbada Devi Rana;  Assistant secretary Pratap Kharel; Treasury Arun Tamang, Assistant Treasury Ram Kumar Rai; Public Officer Samir Bantawa; Assistant Public officer Drabin Shrestha, Executive members Shashi Chandra Rai, Anil Tamang and Yogendra Rai. Then the chairman of the Federal Socialist Party Ashok Rai had taken their oath in the open secession through Skype and congratulated to the all members and executives body by explaining  the  road map of the journey of the FSP. Similarly the president of Centre Auditing Committee Sushila Shrestha and Co-ordinate of International organizations Angkaji Sherpa also expressed their congratulation including wishes for success. Read the rest of this entry »

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मेलबर्नको भानु जयन्तीमा छ: बर्षिय आर्जन पौड्यालद्धारा कविता बाचन

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 8, 2013

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७ जुलाई, २०१३ कोबर्ग पुस्तकालय हल, कोबर्ग मेलबर्न: करीब दुई बर्षदेखि प्रत्येक महिनाको पहिलो आइतबार बिदेशमा बसेर पनि नेपाली साहित्य र भाषाको संरक्षण र सम्बर्द्धन कार्यमा जुटने अभिप्रायले नियमित रुपमा आयोजना गरिंदै आएको साहित्यिक कार्यक्रमलाई आज २०० औं  भानु जयन्तीको रुपमा भब्यताका साथ मनाइयो । कार्यक्रमको बिशेष आकर्षण छ: बर्षको आर्जन पौड्यालको नेपाली भाषामा कविता वाचन बन्न पुग्यो । बिदेशमा कत्ती नेपाली केटाकेटीहरुले नेपाली बोल्न नसक्ने, बोले पनि लेख्न र पढन नसक्ने अवस्था छ । यस्मा अभिभाबकको पनि अहं भूमिका हुन्छ । यसरी आफ्ना बच्चालाई आफ्नो भाषा सिकाउने मात्रै नभएर यत्ती सानै उमेरमा नेपाली भाषामा नै साहित्य लेख्न र पढन सक्षम बनाउने आमा पार्बती पहाडी र बुवा माधव पौड्याल हुनुहुन्छ । आर्जनकी आमा पार्बती पहाडी आफै कबियत्री हुनुहुन्छ र हरेक साहित्यिक कार्यक्रममा कविता बाचन गर्ने गर्नुहुन्छ । उहाँको कविता संग्रह पनि प्रकाशित भएको छ ।

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The Top Five Ways to Turn Money into Happiness

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 5, 2013

By Guy Kawasaki, Advisor at Motorola Mobility

In their new book, Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending (Simon & Schuster), Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton (professors at the University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School, respectively), offer five key principles to help us get more happiness out of the money we spend — principles which also help companies create happier employees and customers.

Most people know they can benefit from expert help to make more money. But oddly enough, they’re quite sure they already know how to spend their money to reap the most happiness. As a result, they follow their intuitions, using their money to buy things they think will make them happy, from televisions to cars to houses.
What’s the problem with this approach? A decade of research demonstrates that people’s intuitions about how to turn money into happiness are misguided at best and dead-wrong at worst. Those televisions, cars, and houses? They have almost no impact on our happiness.
The good news is that we now know what kind of spending does enhance our happiness–insight that’s valuable to consumers and companies alike. Here are the top five ways to turn money into happiness according to Dunn and Norton: Read the rest of this entry »

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तिमी मुस्कुराउँदै गर प्रियतम

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 4, 2013

जुन पार्टीको सरकार भए पनि मेरो सुनुवाई नहुने भन्ने कुरै छैन । नेताहरु देश चलाउँछन हामी नेताहरु नचाउँछौं । आखिर इमान्दार नेता र कार्यकर्ताको गुन्जाइस कुन पार्टीमा पो छ र ? बुद्धको देशमा जन्मसिद्ध पाएको कुर्सी छोडेर जंगल जाने नयाँ बुद्ध फेरि के जन्मेलान र ? जसरी पनि कुर्सी हात कसरी लगाउने भन्नेमा नै सबै नेताको अधिकांश समय ब्यतित हुन्छ । यो हाम्रो लागि अत्यन्तै राम्रो अबसर हो ।

आजकाल झन्डै दैनिक जस्तै नियमित रुपमा ब्यक्ति र संस्थाहरुलाई हजारौं दान दिएको खबर राख्ने गरेको छु । यस्को लागि अनेक तिकडम गर्न माहिर आफ्नै मान्छेलाई मेरै नाममा खोलिएको ट्रस्टको प्रमुख बनाएर आएको छु । साँच्ची नै यसरी दैनिक रुपमा हजारौं चन्दा दिने हो नै भने त कुबेरकै ढिकुटी त रित्तिन्छ भने सक्कलीभन्दा पनि अक्कली काम नगरी यो सम्भबै छैन । 

By रामकुमार श्रेष्ठ

प्रियतम,
असीम प्यार!

071212_gaga1aमैले बारंबार भन्ने गरेको छु म यस धर्तीमा जन्मेको मेरो लागि होइन, तिम्रो लागि हो । म शरीर हुँ भने तिमी आत्मा हौ, म धर्ती हुँ भने तिमी आकाश, म मन हुँ भने तिमी मस्तिस्क । मलाई थाहा छैन म भनेकै तिमी हौ कि होइनौ, तर तिमी भनेकै म हुँ भन्ने मलाई लाग्छ र तिम्रा हरेक इच्छा आकांक्षा पुरा गर्नुलाई नै म आफ्नो दायित्व ठान्छु, कर्तब्य ठान्छु । एकदिन तिमीले मसंग ठूलो मान्छेकी श्रीमती हुने इच्छा जाहेर गरेकी थियौ र तिम्रो त्यही इच्छा पुरा गर्ने अभिप्रायले म हपहपी गर्मीको पर्बाह नगरी यो मरुभूमिमा म एक्लै फाल हालेको थिएँ आमा बाबाले पुल्पुल्याएर राखेकी एकलौटी छोरी तिमीलाई दु:ख पर्ला भनेर ।

मलाई थाहा छैन मानिसहरु तिमीलाई मेरो कमजोरीको रुपमा लिन्छन अथवा शक्तिको रुपमा, तर तिमी नै मेरो अजश्र शक्ति हौ भन्ने कुरामा मलाई पूर्ण विश्वाश छ । यो छोटो समयमा मैले तिम्रै इच्छा पुरा गर्ने क्रममा उल्लेखनीय उपलब्धी हासिल गरिसकेको छु । सीधा औंलाले घ्यू नआउने रहेछ भन्ने बुझेर यहाँ आएर घ्यू निकाल्ने धेरै तरीकाहरु सिकिसकेको छु । सबैभन्दा पहिला त आफ्नै कामदारहरुबाट फायदा लिने तरीकाहरु सिके । आफ्ना भएका कामदारलाई उनीहरु घर जाने बेलामा धेरै पैसा लैजान सुरक्षित रुपमा राखिदिने मीठो आस्वासन दिंदै पाँच – छ: महिनाको तलब रोकिदिने गरेको छु र उनीहरुकै पैसा लगानी गर्दै नयाँ बिजिनेस शुरु गरेर नयाँ कामदार थप्दै जान थालेको छु । यो तरीकाबाट त गजबकै आम्दानी पो हुँदो रहेछ त । निर्ब्याजी पैसाको लगानीबाट आम्दानी गजबकै हुने – आफ्नो बिजनेस पनि बढदै जाने, कामदार पनि बढदै जाने, आम्दानी पनि । म बिहानैदेखि राती अबेरसम्म खट्छु, तिमी यहाँ भएकी भए यसरी खटन कहाँ सकिन्थ्यो र त?

आफ्नो बिजिनेस बढन थालेपछि अरुलाई संयुक्त रुपमा काम गर्न लगानी गर्न लोभ्याउन सजिलो भयो । अरुलाई लगानी गर्न लगाएको पैसामा आफू डाइरेक्टर भएको तलब पनि लिने र अफिसको खर्चमा पनि शेयर गर्न लगाएर केही बर्षपछि ब्यापार घाटामा गएको देखाएर उस्लाई समका सम दिएर बिजिनेस बेच्दा घाटामा गएको बिजिनेसमा पनि लगानी गरेको सबै फिर्ता दिएको भनेर उता ऊ मख्ख यता यत्तिका बर्ष उस्को पैसा निर्ब्याजी लगानी गर्दै त्यसबाट तलब खाएको र अफिस खर्च गर्न पाएकोमा आफू मख्ख, नदेखिने गरी गरिने फायदाको त कुरो छँदै छ । ब्यापारमा उकालो लाग्न थालेपछि त गजबै पो हुने रहेछ बा । आजकाल त सामाजिक कामहरुमा अवस्था हेरी सानो ठूलो चन्दा दिन समेत शुरु पो गरेको छु त । Read the rest of this entry »

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