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  • Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement (A Global Movement institutionalized to spread Buddha’s peace and nonviolence

    messages and promote Buddha's birthplace Lumbini, Nepal all over the world)

    Movement Profile with major achievements

    Lumbini-Kapilvastu day Movement

    Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

    Facebook account: Lumbini Kapilvastu Day

    Facebook Page: Buddha born in Nepal

    Twitter: Kapilvastuday


    Telephone: (+61) 0415040009

    mailto:[email protected] mailto:[email protected]

  • Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement is a Global Movement institutionalized in 2010 to

    spread Buddha’s peace and non-violence messages and promote Buddha's birthplace

    Lumbini, Nepal all over the world by observing Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day as a global

    holiday every year.

    Originally, on December 1, 1896, Dr Anton Führer, a German archaeologist, had

    discovered the Buddha’s birthplace when he found the Asoka Pillar at Lumbini. Even

    though this site was first discovered by Khadga Shamsher Rana before Führer had

    reached the site but Führer is credited for this discovery as he brought it into light and

    made it known to the international community.

    The Asoka Pillar is the most important evidence that Buddha was born in Lumbini.

    Therefore, it was decided to observe December 1 as Kapilavastu Day. The historic

    Kapilavastu, located close to Lumbini, is considered to be another holy pilgrimage for

    the Buddhists since it was the place where the Buddha grew up and which he later

    renounced seeking to understand the cause of human sufferings. The result of years of

    excavations and researches by numerous national and international teams has been

    that Tilaurakot is the historic Kapilvastu which UNESCO should certify as another World

    Heritage, next to Lumbini.

    After celebrating the Kapilvastu Day as the Global Day for the first time in history on

    December 1, 2009, we discussed on how to keep the program going ahead. Hence a

    21-member Committee has been formed as the Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement

    Global Committee under Ram Kumar Shrestha’s leadership. The committee is

    constituted as follows:

    Ram Kumar Shrestha Global Coordinator, UK (now in Australia)

    Abi Sharma Coordinator, Canada

    Baburaja Maharjan Coordinator, Newzealand

    Bhanu Poudyal Special Coordinator, Canada

    Binay Shah Coordinator, Hongkong

    Chandra Rai Coordinator, Canada

    Dr. Hari Kumar Shrestha Coordinator, Taiwan (now in Nepal)

    Hari Nepali Coordinator, Qatar

    Laxman Devkota Coordinator, Portugal

    Nima Sherpa, Coordinator, Australia

    Mrs Laxmi Simkhada Coordinator, USA

    Om Gurung Coordinator, Japan

  • Dr. Krishna Aryal, Coordinator, Norway

    Ramhari Shrestha Coordinator, UK

    Santosh Neupane Coordinator, Belgium

    Mrs Sanu Ghimire Coordinator, Australia

    Shailesh Shrestha Coordinator, USA

    Shambhu Kattel Coordinator, USA

    Sujan Neupane Coordinator, Australia

    To make the movement more effective and to simplify the decision making process of

    the committee a nine member secretariat has been formed and the secretariat members

    shall be the regional coordinators of corresponding regions as follows:

    1. Baburaja Maharjan (Australia, Newzealand and surrounding countries),

    2. Hari Nepal (Middle East),

    3. Om Gurung (Japan, Hongkong, China and surrounding countries),

    4. Dr. Krishna Aryal (USA and South America),

    5. Chandra Rai (Canada)

    6. Dr. Madhu Krishna Shrestha (Europe).

    7. Dr. Hari Kumar Shrestha (SAARC)

    The Global Coordinator shall be the Chief in the secretariat which shall be located in


    To smoothly spread the Movement’s Peace Mission at national and International levels

    a nine member Advisory Board shall be formed with the following members:

    1. Mr. Agni Frank Eickermann (writer, Founder of Spiritual Teachers Training, Alpha Chi

    Consultants, and “Path into Light”, Speaker: Spirituality, Traditional Chinese Medicine,

    Feng Shui, Management solutions, Golden Age, USA),

    2. Ani Choying Drolmo (Singing nun/ UNICEF Nepal’s National Ambassador)

    3. Dr. Arzu Rana-Deuba (CA member and MP),

    4. HE Deepak Khadaka (Consulate General, NSW, Australia),

    5. Ms Domo Geshe Rinpoche (Spiritual Director, White Conch Dharma Center, USA),

    6. Dr. Kavitaram Shrestha (writer and founder of Aswikrit Movement),

    7. Mr. Rajendra Shrestha (former minister), and

    8. HE Dr. Rishi Adhikari (former Nepali Ambassador to Malaysia)

    9. HE Tanka Karki (former Nepal Ambassador to China)

  • Significant activities and achievements of the Movement:

    1. Buddha gift to that time Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard: On behalf of the

    Nepalese community living in Australia Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement Global

    Coordinator Ram Kumar Shrestha and Australia’s Sub-Continent Ministerial Consultative

    Committee Member Mahendra Lamsal jointly presented the gift of Buddha statue and

    peace wish letter to the Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard on 19th of July, 2013.

    2. Letter to US President Barack Obama: Movement wrote letter to US President Obama

    2 times: first time when an American shoes company produced shoes with Buddha

    photos, and the second time the Movement sent a Research type 6 page report

  • suggesting to correct the course books in US to reinforce democracy in US.

    3. Letter to that time Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal: A team of former ministers

    Dip Kumar Upadhyay and Rajendra Shrestha, Dr. Arzu Deuba Rana, Dr. Kavitaram

    Shrestha and others submitted Movement letter to that time Prime Minister Madhav

    Kumar Nepal suggesting Nepal government through diplomatic missions to correct

    course books with wrong information on Buddha’s birthplace in different countries.

  • 4. Correcting course book in Sweden: After Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement initiation,

    Sweden corrected its course books on Buddha’s birthplace misconception. Before this

    Korean government already decided to change its course books.

  • 5. Felicitating Special persons: Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement felicitated many

    distinguished persons who played important role to promote Buddha’s birthplace

    Lumbini, Nepal in different ways:

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon agreed to chair the Greater Lumbini Development

    International Committee because of the Greater Lumbini Development National Steering

    Committee (GLDNSC) Coordinator and former Prime Minister Puspa Kamal Dahal

    Prachanda’s initiation.

    Former Minister Deep Kumar Upadhyay was felicitated by the Movement for his

    special contribution in the parliament for World Peace City proposal.

  • Former Ambassador Kamal Prasad Koiralato Korea recognition by the Movement for his

    special contribution to correct Buddha birthplace misconception in Korean books and this is the

    milestone of the Movement.

    Bhikkshu Magar was appointed as Peace Ambassador of the Movement

  • Editor of Europeko Nepalipatra weekly and correspondent of Kantipur Publications in UK, Nabin

    Pokhrel, has been felicitated for his reports regarding birth place of Lord Buddha.

    DID Little Masters session 3 winner Teriya Magar was appointed as Movement’s

    Lumbini Girl Peace Ambassador

    There are some more persons recognized by the Movement including some foreigners.

  • 6. Buddha gift to Norwegian Nobel Institute Director: As part of promoting Buddha’s

    birthplace Lumbini, Nepal Buddha statue was presented to the Norwegian Noble

    Institute Director Prof. Geir Lundestad.

    7. Lumbini Gate Movement: Students from Lumbini and Kathmandu are contributing Rs.1

    from their lunch to build permanent gate in Lumbini to give information to the tourists that

    they are in Buddha’s birthplace Lumbini, Nepal. Students from Au

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