Peaceful mind can help restore peace

The Rising Nepal, July 21, 2005

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Assistant Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yangkila Sherpa, inaugurated ?Bauddha Book Exhibition? organised to celebrate Dharma Chakra Prabardhan Diwas, the first day of preaching by Lord Buddha, and Guru Purnima, here today.

Books on Buddhism published by various organisations and monasteries are exhibited at the book fair jointly organised by Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) and Royal Nepal Academy (RNA) in Bhanu Hall at the academy complex.

At the programme Assistant Minister Sherpa said that the country is in dire need of peace and expressed her hope that the book exhibition would help people strive to restore peace.

?Peaceful mind can only restore peace in society?, she said, stressing that the teaching of Lord Buddha is the Buddhism. At the programme Vice-chairman of LDT Omkar Prasad Gauchan said that the tales of Buddhism are the description of splendid deeds of people of societies who were once immoral and Who later transformed into the kind hearted monks.

At the programme Coordinator of Bauddha Book Exibition Professor Suwarna Shakya illustrated that Pali and Sanskrit were the languages used by Mahayana and Theravada, the two major sects of Buddhism, and thus inscriptions in this religion were found only in these two languages.

In Nepal once books on Buddhism were written in Newari language only but now They are published in Nepali and English languages also, Professor Shakya elaborated.

At the program Member Secretary of RNA Geeta Keshari explained that Buddha preached on humanity, the human soul, sin and service and the objective of Buddhism is to help peace prevailing on earth.

Member Secretary of LDT Govinda Chitrakar said that the book exhibition is the first of its kind in Nepal with a hope to help readers and intellects to get knowledge about Buddhism. There are inscriptions, books and booklets on Buddhism published in Nepali, Newari, English and other languages kept at the exhibition and it would remain open till Monday.