Mahendra Subedi, BEIJING: The Embassy of Nepal in Beijing marked the 2563rd Buddha Jayanti amidst a function on Saturday.
On the occasion, nearly a dozen Chinese Buddhist monks from the Buddhist Association of China offered prayers while participants also joined them for universal peace and harmony.
During the event, Nepal’s Ambassador to China Leela Mani Paudyal welcomed the attendees, saying that the teachings of Gautam Buddha were still relevant for consolidating global peace and harmony.
“Buddha’s teachings are ever-relevant, and provide practical guidance for a life of joy, wisdom and contentment. Buddha’s teachings serve as solutions not only to the problems faced by individuals, families or societies but also to resolve regional or global conflicts,” he viewed.
According to Paudyal, the noble qualities of Buddha promote peace, harmony and compassion in the society and enable the human being to realize their potentials.
Saying that Nepal and China enjoy very good cultural relations due to the glorious tradition of the exchange of Buddhist monks, scholars and literature, Paudyal added Buddhism was a key bridge linking Nepal and China since ancient times.
Likewise, Chancellor of Nepal Academy Ganga Prasad Uprety said the message of non-violence and harmony spread by Buddha should be spread globally for the world peace.
Also speaking at the programme, former attorney general Dr Yubaraj Sangraula said Gautam Buddha gifted a philosophy to the world though he was born in Nepal.
To mark the Buddha Jayanti, Ambassadors of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to China, diplomats including a former Chinese ambassador to Nepal and others were present on the premises of Nepal Embassy in Beijing.
The programme was attended by more than hundred participants including Nepali scholars in China and Chinese nationals as well.
Centuries ago, monk Buddhabhadra from Kapilvastu, Nepal and Chinese Buddhist scholars, Fa Xian and Xuan Zang travelled across high mountains and difficult terrains, and reached other sides of the Himalayas to spread Buddha’s message for peace and compassion, it is said. Their profound contributions to the expansion of Buddha’s teachings continue to bind our two countries together. Similarly, renowned Nepali artisan Araniko during Yuan Dynasty in China contributed significantly to foster our ties through his architectural talents that helped spread Buddhism in China.
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