Lumbini – United Nations World Cultural Heritage Site
In the sixth century B.C., Lumbini was a beautiful grove. Maya Devi, queen of the Sakya clan, had a premonition that she would soon give birth to a special child, so she left the capital city for her parents’ home. During the journey, while she was resting in Lumbini grove, labor signs appeared and she extended her right hand to hold on to a branch of a sala tree. According to legend, without any pain, she gave birth through the right side of her torso to Prince Siddhartha, the Buddha-to-be. After his birth, having taken seven steps, Siddhartha gazed upon the four cardinal directions and proclaimed that he was the lord of all humans and heavenly beings of the universe, and that he would eradicate birth, aging, illness, and death.
The birthplace of the Buddha – Nepal Lumbini is a very important place for Buddhists. Even the UN Secretary-General believes that it is extremely valuable to all Buddhists around the world. It is not only a tourist destination, but a holy place for Buddhists, full of the parental affections of the Buddha. Without the mother’s love, even the Buddha could not have been born and grown up smoothly. Therefore, wherever all Buddhists go, their minds are forever related to this special sacred place.
Today Lumbini has been listed by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site and the project to develop the Lumbini Holy Park has been jointly planned by the UN and the Nepalese government. Countries around the world have successively built their representative temples in the park for Buddhists from all over the world to go on pilgrimages. This comprehensive project initiated by the UN reflects the connection between the Buddha and world peace, for it is from this very historic birthplace that Dharma teaching spreads to this world and orients towards the future world peace. The 42 pieces of land provided to the different countries to build their representative temples symbolize the connection between the teachings of the Buddha and the modern world.
Birth of the World Center for Peace and Unity
In 2005, under the name of the United Trungram Buddhist Foundation, Dr.Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche applied for and was granted the land from the Nepalese government and initiated the construction of the Lumbini World Center for Peace and Unity. Unlike other representing monasteries, the center represents all peace-loving people in the world, regardless of country, region, background and belief. It is a place of retreat open to all. It will help all human beings to purify the soul and become the center of peace and unity in the world. Here, all those who want to seek peace, happiness and wisdom can obtain benefits.
Historically, humans have created and experienced too many sufferings. World peace is our vision, ambition and aspiration. But world peace is not a certain thing. How can peace be achieved? Peace should be carried out from within and initiated by individuals. How can we achieve personal peace? We need to learn how to achieve inner peace in right places such as the ‘Center’ and pass on these universal peace messages to others. In this way, we become messengers of peace who can bring positive changes to ourselves, our relatives and friends, and the wider world.