Drubgyud Choeling Monastery
|Fig 3. King Ashoka's Pillar|
Lumbini is situated 150 km southwest of Kathmandu in Nepal and is a symbol of peace and compassion of the Lord Buddha for all the sentient beings. A pillar built by King Ashoka marks the exact location of Shakyamuni Buddha's birthplace in Lumbini. As the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini holds special significance for all Buddhists. It represents the potential within each sentient being for enlightenment and freedom.
In 1967, the United Nations' secretary - general U Thant, called upon the international community to create a pilgrimage and tourist centre in Lumbini.
This led to the formation of an international Development Committee for the project. Based in New York, the Committee comprised representatives from 16 nations. One of their first tasks was to engage Professor Kenzo Tange of Japan, world renowned for his distinctive, unique and vernacular architecture, to conceptualise the master plan for the development of Lumbini. The Lumbini Development Trust was formed in Nepal in 1985 to implement and administer the master plan with assistance from international funding.
|Fig 2. Maya Devi Temple||Fig 3. What was once Kapilavastu City where Buddha spent his adulthood||Fig 4. Rapeseed relentless march along the road trip to Lumbini|
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