First-ever Buddhist Cultural Exposition in Lumbini


October 6, 2023


First-ever Buddhist Cultural Exposition in Lumbini

Lumbini/File photo.

LUMBINI: The World Buddhist Exposition was organized in Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, in Rupandehi district from today.

The Exposition is organized by the Lumbini Buddhist University, Lumbini Development Trust (LDT), and Belt and Road Initiatives with the objective of promoting Buddhist philosophies and cultures.

In the inaugural, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Sushila Shreepali commended the role of the Chinese pilgrims in the development of Buddhist archeology and cultures.

State Minister Shreepali viewed that the ancient ‘Silk Road interconnected the Buddhist cultures prevailing in Nepal, China, and India.

Similarly, LDT’s Vice-President Dr. Lharkyal Lama underlined the need for cultural and economic development through the ‘Silk Road’. Stating that the Buddhist philosophies should be embraced for peaceful and harmonious development, he argued that each development work of the country should promote peace.

Likewise, Buddhist University’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Subarna Lal Bajracharya emphasized the practical use of Buddhist philosophy in today’s world and opined that such events should be organized routinely.

Dr Lama, Chief of the Vietnamese Monastery within the Lumbini, said that Lumbini was the pride of Nepal and we should not forget the role played by the Chinese travelers in identifying the place.

The event was attended by Buddhist monks, devotees, pilgrims, and officials of the LDT and Lumbini Buddhist University.

Nigrodha Mahather of the Association of Bhikkhu said that several Buddhist philosophers had visited Nepal, China, and India through the Silk Road in ancient times.

Working papers on Buddhist cultures and philosophies were presented at the event where the thematic experts deliberation on various themes related to Buddhist philosophies and cultures.