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Correct misleading message on Lumbini

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 5, 2014

Kathmandu, Dec. 28: Stakeholders stressed on need of a concerted effort from all including the government as well as the

Former Minister Deep Kumar Upadhyay recognition by the Movement for his special contribution in the parliament for World Peace City proposal

Former Minister Deep Kumar Upadhyay recognition by the Movement for his special contribution in the parliament for World Peace City proposal

Nepalese residing abroad to correct the misleading messages in textbooks of various countries regarding the birthplace of Lord Buddha.

 The participants of the interaction programme said as the curriculum of various nations are found disseminating wrong message that Lord Buddha was born in the northern part of India, there is a need to dispel such baseless fact from all the textbooks and other reading materials from across the globe.

 The speakers, organised by Lumbini, Kapilvastu Day Movement, mainly focused on finding the ways and measures to effectively run the campaign so that wrong publicity about the birthplace of Siddharth Gautam could be corrected.

 Speaking at the interaction, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ram Kumar Shrestha said it was very sad to know that the Lumbini related stakeholders have to struggle hard to establish the truth about the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Minister Shrestha added that the development of Lumbini was very necessary to dispel such misleading publicity. He said many Indian officials had stated that Lord Buddha was born in Nepal but the wrong publicity had resurfaced owing to some vested interests of some sections in India, the Minister clarified. He said that since the present government was an election government, it could not allocate essential amount of budget in time for Lumbini development.

 At the programme, different persons who have worked from their respective place to promote Lumbini in Nepal and beyond

Former Ambassador Kamal Prasad Koiralato Korea recognition by the Lumbini Kapilvastu Dayr Movement for his special contribution to correct Buddha birthplace misconception in Korean books and this is the milestone of the Movement

Former Ambassador Kamal Prasad Koiralato Korea recognition by the Lumbini Kapilvastu Dayr Movement for his special contribution to correct Buddha birthplace misconception in Korean books and this is the milestone of the Movement

Nepal were honoured by Minister Shrestha. Former Culture Minister Deep Kumar Upadhyay, former Nepali ambassador to South Korea Kamal Koirala and senior journalist of Rupandehi Chetan Pant among others were felicitated with special commendation letters for their important contributions in promoting and developing the birthplace of Lord Buddha.

 After receiving the honour, Upadhyay said that the movement from the people’s level to establish the truth about the Buddha’s birthplace is a positive sign that the truth will prevail ultimately. He said that evidences collected from recent excavations such as marker stones and the Ashok Pillar would be enough to justify the fact about Lumbini. However, he said, it was sad that the Lumbini Master Plan had remained incomplete and added that the development process of Lumbini must take pace now. Upgrading Gatuam Buddha airport and connecting Lumbini with railroads could lead to familiarization of the Lord Buddha’s birthplace.

 Lumbini Development Trust Member Secretary Ajit Man Tamang said the movement to familiarize Lumbini throughout the world was a praiseworthy step. Nepal as the birthplace of Siddharth Gautam is proved by different findings and excavations and through the descriptions of ancient and modern visitors, Tamang said. ” Now, we must be able to tell the world that the birthplace of Lord Buddha, which many books and reading materials have stated, was in the Northern India, is actually in Nepal,” he said. Mr. Tamang further added that the Lumbini Development Trust required US$ 45 million to complete all the incomplete projects of the Lumbini Master Plan. Read the rest of this entry »

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National flags fly in Lumbini temple

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 15, 2012

BHAIRAHAWA, NOV 13 – Nepal’s national flags have been hoisted at the Mayadevi temple in Lumbini for the first time to dispel any misconception among tourists from India and other countries that the Shakyamuni Buddha was born elsewhere. Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, has often seen competing claims from India.

The Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) said it decided to hoist the national flags to make it apparent to tourists that Gautam Buddha was born in Nepal. The LDT had attempted to hoist national flags there earlier, but failed as some Buddhists and political parties stuck their guns to hoist only Buddhist flags there. According to the LDT, it now hoisted the national flags after reaching an agreement with them.

Pralhad Yadav, a Lumbini-based tourism entrepreneur, said visiting tourists often ask them if Lumbini lies in Nepal or India. With the presence of Nepali flags at the Mayadevi temple, tourists will now know that Lumbini is in Nepal, said Yadav.

Hari Rai, information chief at the LDT, said the flags have been hoisted in three corners of the temple while there is a Buddhist flag in the fourth corner.

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LUMBINI: Mikel Dunham’s interview with Lisa Choegyal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 11, 2012

Lisa Choegyal is a tourism consultant who works throughout the Asia Pacific region, specializing in pro-poor sustainable tourism planning and marketing. With a background in the private sector, she was for over 20 years Director of Marketing of Tiger Mountain, Nepal’s pioneer trekking, adventure and wildlife operator. Based in Kathmandu, she has worked since 1992 as a senior associate of TRC Tourism (formerly Tourism Resource Consultants) in Wellington, New Zealand  (www.trctourism.com). Lisa was Team Leader of the ADB Ecotourism Project 2000-2001, DFID tourism monitor on TRPAP 2001-2005, tourism-marketing specialist for the ADB SASEC program 2004-2008, and prepared the UK Aid DFID Great Himalaya Trail development program for SNV Nepal 2006-2010. She serves on a number of non-profit boards related to tourism and conservation, and is New Zealand Honorary Consul to Nepal since 2010.

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02-nun at Lumbini

DUNHAM: How do you assess the current framework for development in Lumbini, the framework that is already and has been in place for a long time?

CHOEGYAL: The institutional framework is interesting with so many stakeholders, different factions and historical complexities. UNESCO has a crucial role to play to preserve its world heritage status. The Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) is the obvious main custodian although it needs to be evolved into an Authority rather than a Trust. It is typical of the current political scenario that existing institutions become politicized. . Perhaps it was felt, in this case, that it is easier to create a parallel organization and just blow LDT out of the water. Three billion dollars is a convincing figure.

I’ve worked on Lumbini, from a tourism perspective, on and off, for the last twenty years but most recently with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) tourism infrastructure study, where I was part of a consulting team that designed the South Asian Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) tourism components. SASEC is an ADB grouping of five countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India – actually the north and northeast States of India – Nepal and Sri Lanka. We worked for six years as tourism sector advisors on the SASEC program with our firm, TRC Tourism, which is based in Wellington, New Zealand. SASEC was modeled on the ADB’s Greater Mekong Sub-Region tourism program, on which TRC had also been tourism advisors (Cambodia, China (PRC, specifically Yunnan and Guangxi), Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam).

In many ways, South Asia was easier than the Mekong because we were dealing with countries that were used to working together in tourism, and had been cooperating and selling joint packages for decades — whereas in the Greater Mekong, many of them had been emerging from long-term conflicts. We were able to make a lot of headway in the tourism sector in South Asia, whereas other SASEC sectors, such as water resources roads and large-scale infrastructure had a much more complex agenda.

Lumbini emerged as being one of the priority areas in the sub-region for tourism development using a sub-regional rationale, linked, as it is, very convincingly, with the footsteps of the Lord Buddha circuit in India. Of course it is also an incredibly important national tourism site for Nepal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddha’s Teaching Can Help Global Peace – UN Sec Gen

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 10, 2012

[As UN Secretary General is visiting Nepal, we would like to post these old relevant news for your kind information]

Buddha’s Teaching Can Help Global Peace – UN Sec Gen

Narinjara News, May 8, 2009
United Nations, New York — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in his message delivered to the world communities on Wednesday that the Buddha’s teaching could help the world become peaceful.

“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,” said Ban Ki-moon in his message.

His message came ahead of the Buddha’s birthday, traditionally known as Vesak or Visakah, a full-moon which this year fell on 9 May, 2009.

Vesak is the name of the month of the Buddha’s birth in the lunar calendar. Buddhist communities around the world celebrate the full-moon day with great reverence and piety as the day synchronized the birth, enlightenment, and passing of the Buddha.

“The need for global solidarity may seem like a modern concept, but it is not. More than 2,500 years ago, the 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,” he added.

He also urged every individual to resolve to help people who are suffering, in order to secure a better future for all, in his message marking Vesak.

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UN Gen Secy agrees to support greater Lumbini development

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 9, 2011

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KATHMANDU: Former Prime Minister and Chairman of the UCPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal, aka, Prachanda met United

Former Prime Minister and Chairman of the UCPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal shakes hand with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday at UN headquarters in New York.

Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday at UN headquarters in New York.

Dahal is in New York as the Chairman of the High Level National Steering Committee for the development of Greater Lumbini, seeking international assistance for the development of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Rupandehi district, about 300 km southwest of Kathmandu.

During the meeting, Dahal briefed the UN Secretary General about the commitment of the Government of Nepal to develop Lumbini as a world peace city as a pilgrimage and a heritage city with inclusive livelihood programs for the people living around there.

Prachanda explained to Ban Ki-moon that the recently formed High Level National Steering Committee reflects strong and long-term commitment of the Government of Nepal to the preservation and development of all aspects of Greater Lumbini with a
multi-stakeholder approach through national and international support.

While urging Moon to form a broader Lumbini development international committee under his chairmanship, Dahal said, spiritual dimension of Lumbini for world peace fits in very well with the noble ideals of peace and justice of the United Nations.

“Lumbini would be developed as an enduring source of international peace, harmony and understanding.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Govt declares ‘Lumbini Visit Year 2012’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 17, 2011

Committee will prepare master plans for the development of Lumbini area incorporating three districts–Rupandehi‚ Kapilvastu and Nawalparasi

KATHMANDU: The government on Monday decided to mark 2012 as the Lumbini Visit Year, and constituted a high-level committee for the development of Lumbini area in the leadership of UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Lumbini, a UNESCO world heritage site, is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lumbini its challenges now and then

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 4, 2010

Spacenepal By Rupesh Shrestha

Behold ye now this monk austere,
His matted locks, his penance fierce;
From the fair town called Kapila,
His great retirement shall be made.
The mother that shall bring him forth,
Shall Mahamaya be by name;
Suddhodana his father’s name,
His own name shall be Gautama.
[Extracted from Introduction to the Jataka or
book of “Buddha’s Birth stories”]

Introduction:

Lumbini, where Gautama Buddha was born presents mysticism and symbolism due to the elemental nature of thought present in this sacred place. The name Lumbini is said to have been derived from that of the queen of Koli (Devadaha), whose daughter was Mahamaya, the mother of Gautama Buddha. It is also assumed that the name Lumbini is a colloquial derivation of the word Rummindei (the queen of King Anjana of Devdaha). Later Rummindei was pronounced as Lummindei, and still later, as Lumbini. The name Rummin is identical with Lumbini of Lummini, the form written in the inscription in the Pali Language, in which the middle or initial “R” of Sanskrit is always replaced by “L”. This site is still locally called Rummindei. Read the rest of this entry »

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