Nepal – the country of the Buddha and the Mt. Everest

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without – Buddha

Remarkable Europe Tour

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 5, 2017


2 weeks Europe tour (12 – 30 September) was with magnificent achievements. Major activities:

  1. Handed over 9 page research report written to British Museum Director Hartwig Fischer and UK Prime Minister HE Theresa May to correct British Museum erroneous information on World Peace Symbol Buddha’s birthplace to Nepali ambassador to UK HE Dr. Durga Bahadur Subedi.

British Museum story on Buddhas birthplace:

Because of thousands of suggestions through social media to correct the erroneous information on World Peace Messenger Buddha’s birthplace within few days, British Facebook Page on 7th of November, 2011 wrote:  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.

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After query British Museum South Asia Collection curator Dr. Sona Datta wrote to me in a letter, “The information panel that you question on the Life of the Buddha and that was previously on display in our Gallery 33, which houses our main displays of the cultures of South Asia, refers to the Buddha’s birthplace at Lumbini. It does not, however, state that Lumbini is in Nepal.  Our wording was unintentionally ambiguous, which we regret.  We have created new signage that has been on view as of 11 December, 2011.

The panel now reads:

The Buddha was born in 563 BC and named Siddhartha Gautama. He was a prince from the Shakya royal family, who ruled a region corresponding to the modern borderlands between Nepal and northern India. When the Buddha’s mother was expecting, her family sent her to the foothills of the Himalayas. She gave birth while travelling north, at a place called Lumbini in Nepal.”

“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.” – this was another notice from British Museum on 7th of November, 2011 on its Facebook wall after flood of dissatisfied comments on its notice.

Ashoka Pillar built in 300 BC by Indian Emperor Ashok during his pilgrimage to the birthplace of Buddha still stands Lumbini. A thorough excavation and investigation near the Ashok Pillar has found the Nativity Stone that was laid down to mark the Buddha’s birthplace. An international team of archaeologists has begun a three-year survey, coordinated by the UNESCO of the archaeological ruins of Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal. The team of archaeologists, including experts from Nepal’s Department of Archaeology and the Lumbini Development Trust, is directed by Robin Coningham, UNESCO Archaeological Expert and Professor of Archaeology, University of Durham. The UNESCO, after careful examination all facts and evidences, has already recognized Lumbini as the Buddha’s birthplace and a World Heritage Site

Undoubtedly clear and real information display must be very important in this kind of world class museum. We, therefore, would like to request to display clear and authentic information like “The Buddha was born in 563 BC at a place called Lumbini in Nepal” rather than unnecessary confusing long story. We are quite sure that renowned museum respects our constructive suggestion to suit its global reputation.

For news links you can go through this Facebook album link

2. Briefed about Movement activities and achievements to Nepali ambassador to France HE Ambika Manandhar Luinteland Nepali ambassador to EU HE Lok Bahadur Thapa.

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3. Visited UNESCO Headquarters where Buddha statue was established.

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In UNESCO we found this book

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We requested to mention Nepal immediately after Lumbini in the next edition.

4. Met Nepali language lover Prof. Micahel Hurt, who translated Nepali books and interested to translate more Nepali books, and many established literary persons like Ghanashyam Khadka, Amar Neupane etc.

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5. Get together with NRN Global and National activists from many countries in UK and France

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6. Meeting with prominent Nepali singer Ananda Karki

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7. Visited Buddha monastery in UK and France

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8. Met a Gurkha Soldier who scaled three 8000+ Peaks including Mt. Everest in Just 5 days! 3 times guinness record holder – Nirmal Purja in London

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