Gautam Buddha International Peace Award to Japanese Mayors

Nepal’s President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav will confer the Gautam Buddha International Peace Award to Japanese nationals, Tomihisa Taue (Mayor of Nagasaki) and Tadatoshi Akiba (former mayor of Hiroshima) at a special programme in Lumbini today. The award carries a cash prize of USD 25,000 each, medals and honorary letters. The Government of Nepal established the Gautam Buddha International Peace Award to recognize and honour individuals and institutions from around the world that have made significant contribution to peace and non-violence inspired by the teachings of Lord Buddha. The Japanese mayors are the first recipients of the award.

Lumbini Udyana Mahachaitya : An Eco – Monastery in Lumbini

Lumbini Udyana Mahachaitya World Center for Peace and Unity (LUM), the largest Buddhist temple and meditation hall in Lumbini will be opened for public this April. The building which covers an area of 48,600 sq.ft. took five years to complete. Touted as an eco-monastery, the building’s design incorporates maximum use of natural light and will have power generated by solar panels. According to Lama Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, who is leading the project, this project is “an effort to save the ancient arts and wisdom, to highlight the importance of our gentleness to the earth, and to promote a sense of peace and unity for all“. The monastery’s architectural design is a harmonious blend of a chaitya based on the ancient Indian work of Shariputra’s stupa found at Nalanda University, with touches of Nepalese architecture and Tibetan artwork.

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Photos of Lumbini and Bandipur

Check out our new photo galleries including Lumbini, birthplace of Lord Buddha, and Bandipur (located near Dumre on the highway from Kathmandu to Pokhara).

Complete gallery here


Complete gallery here

All photos has been taken in Octobre 2008 during Dassain festival (photo credit: Julien Van Loye)