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THE HIMALAYAS TO THE DARLING DOWNS: CITIES OF PEACE AND HARMONY

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 30, 2012

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALumbini, Nepal, the Buddha’s birthplace is a small poor hamlet that is set to be reborn as a model city of peace and harmony and its designer, internationally renowned architect, political scientist and educator Kwaak Young Hoon brings his mega vision and high spiritual ideals to realise the plan.

Kwaak170190Toowoomba, Queensland is a wealthy agricultural town, known for its annual Carnival of Flowers and a bit of a ‘red neck’ reputation. But if the vision of Master Chin Kung of Pure Land Learning College garners enough support it will become a leading example of a multi-faith community that lives in peace and harmony.

Interfaith forums and weekly friendship dinners have become an institution, and local and state government spokesmen are already behind the plan. Stephan Tang of the PLLC outlines the vision, and local police officer Scott McGrath and Councillor Geoff McDonald explain why they are hopeful.

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Professor Kwaak Young Hoon

One of Korea’s best known architects, member of the Assembly of Olympeace (the spirit of the Olympics joined with humanity’s yearning for peace), he planned and supervised the redevelopment of the Han River Waterfront and the construction of Olympic Park, Seoul. He is the architect for a redesigned Lumbini, Nepal (the Buddha’s birthplace) as an international city of peace. Read the rest of this entry »

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Development of Lumbini as Buddhist Mecca discussed

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 20, 2012

BUTWAL: The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), one of the international donor agencies operating in the country, has stressed developing Lumbini area as the Vatican City of the Buddhists by formulating an integrated masterplan.

A delegation of KOICA which is visiting Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, also suggested including the entire Lumbini region and surrounding places in this development plan.

The leader of the KOICA team, Prof Kwak Yong Hum, speaking at a discussion programme here on Wednsday said Lumbini could be developed as Mecca and Medina are for the Muslims and as the Vatican City is for the Christians. The discussion was organized by the Siddharthanagar Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He said Lumbini could be developed as a World Peace City and it would be centre of faith for people of all the faiths.

Prof Kwak who has already spent over 10 years studying about Lumbini said development of Lumbini means the development of the entire Lumbini area and not just the area around Lumbini .

He stressed the integrated development of the Lumbini region including other areas related with the life of the Buddha like Tilaurakot, Devdaha and Ramgram.

“This integrated development should also include programmes for the improvement of the living standard of the local community there,” Prof Kwan stressed.

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Facebook Upshot: Buddhism: Time to Catalyze World Peace

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 10, 2012

Article in Shri Lanka Guardian on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti: Kindness, compassion and empathy are the synonyms of Buddhism. The eyes of Buddha are the insignia of love. Lumbini is the place where mind and heart take pleasure in for peace. This is the land when eyes are closed, heart opens. And Lumbini symbolized ultimate peace and harmony. This could be the right time to work together to declare Lumbini a World Peace City to catalyze World Peace in the present critical world situation. For more @ http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2012/05/buddhism-time-to-catalyze-world-peace.html
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President Obama, this is the time to act for Peace and respect Peace Messenger

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 7, 2012

Dear President Obama,

Recently we highlighted these photos and the news when you visited Great Buddha in Japan and Hilari Clinton was placing Lotus flowers on a Buddha statue.

The Buddha is revered as a Messenger of Peace. He is also known as the Light of Asia who is actually the Light of the World as his message of peace and non-violence has become more relevant as the world is facing many violence problems today. The world today has become more violent than ever before. Therefore, it was decided to spread the messages of the Buddha all over the world by observing Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day every year.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddhism: Time to Catalyze World Peace

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 1, 2012

| by Ram Kumar Shrestha
Kindness, compassion and empathy are the synonyms of Buddhism. The eyes of Buddha are the insignia of love. Lumbini is the place where mind and heart take pleasure in for peace. This is the land when eyes are closed, heart opens. And Lumbini symbolized ultimate peace and harmony. This could be the right time to work together to declare Lumbini a World Peace City to catalyze World Peace in the present critical world situation.

( May 01, 2012, Kathmandu, Sri Lanka Guardian) While the world is preparing to celebrate 2556th Buddha Purnima (Vesak), it is facing Global warming, political instability, recession, terrorism, disaster etc. as major problems and the ultimate source of these problems is not external – it is us and only us, our current lifestyles, our historical choices, our way of thinking and doing with full of selfishness and our future ambitions. We ourselves, therefore, must be the solution. Now the world is already in very crucial moment and this provides opportunity as well to the world leaders, scientists and humanitarian activists to show their capability and broadness and prove themselves as historic persons. One of the most important questions we are facing today due to the reality we are facing in the name of development is: “Do we really love our generations or not?” This is already clear that just the continuation of existing development trend without drastic changes could destroy the world very soon and we, hence, must have new perspectives to bring everything in the right track. Irrespective of interest everybody has to read, see, watch and listen to unwanted news full of violence, crime, rape, hunger, accident, war, epidemic, disaster etc in everyday life. However, dedicated persons and organizations are still optimistic for a better and peaceful globe. Buddhism is considered not only as one of the world major religions but also as science and not facing any debate. This, therefore, could play important role in World peace in the present world context.
Problems do not arise from those who do not know, but from those who know and pretend not to know. Due to this attitude, the world is in crisis. Until we purge ourselves of these problems nothing will happen on the journey to create a wonderful and safe world for future generations. Most people think seriously about their responsibilities and rights but not about their duty to others. So many use their freedom to violate others and deny them of their freedom. This attitude could be the result of mediocre thinking, selfishness and not respecting others.
Kindness, compassion and empathy are the synonyms of Buddhism. The eyes of Buddha are the insignia of love.

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Lumbini World Peace City: A vision and perspective

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 3, 2011

By Karna Sakya
Second World Buddhist Summit. 2004
Lumbini Nov.30-Dec.2.2004

Abstract –

Lumbini is a peerless landmark of the Buddhist world. This is the only active religious place that has been listed in the World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Lumbini symbolized ultimate peace and harmony. The eyes of Buddha are the emblem of love and worship and kindness and compassion are the synonym of Buddhism. While the world is getting restless and tensed because of various conflicts, the desire for peace in Nepal also has become almost like an obsession. At this critical juncture, declaration of Lumbini as a World Peace City is very appropriate and perhaps this is the only suitable place in this region for it. Establishment of a World Peace City in Lumbini is a important and timely task to be performed; not that we would, but we should, and we could.

The purpose of the Lumbini World Peace City is not to create a mega-city of the world or does it have any intention to deface the existing villages into a shanty town. Its aim is to set-up a quintessential self-contained town of the Buddha’s era in a 21 century format. Think globally and act locally is the strategy of Lumbini World Peace City. The vision is to build a small, traditional and low cost but conventional, comprehensive and innovative city system that carry a nostalgic ambiance of Kapilbastu revisited. Declaring Lumbini as a World Peace City contributes significantly in strengthening national peace process in the country. 

Lumbini may be an intellectual playground for few, a religious site for some and a birthplace for many. But a place like Lumbini cannot be a prerogative to any casts, creeds and intellectuals. Peace doesn’t prevail in the island of the sea of poor. While developing infrastructure and undertaking poverty alleviation program in Lumbini, the World Peace City should initiates peace education simultaneously. Peace education prepares local communities to voice their realities, experiences, understandings biases, commitments, hopes, despair, and at the same time to fulfill the rights and duties.. The synergism of religion, wisdom and action is the formula to make the peace equation work. Lumbini World Peace City will be a ‘gift to the Earth’ from Nepal and from the Nepalese people. Read the rest of this entry »

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