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UN Secretary-General

Ban Ki-Moon on his visit

to Lumbini

“I am awestruck by the beauty and profound significance of this site, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha. Being here, I am reminded of his amazing life journey from sheltered prince to founder of one of the world’s great religions. And I am moved by his example of voluntarily leaving behind comfortable circumstances to confront the painful realities of life and to help others overcome them. Above all, as Secretary-General of the United Nations, I am all the more inspired to work for peace throughout the world. I sincerely hope that we can learn from his lessons, from his teachings and his philosophy to bring peace, stability, harmony, reconciliation and friendship among people of different beliefs, different religions and cultures. This is exactly what human beings should promote and pursue for a better world, a more peaceful, more prosperous world.”

Prayers before the Mayadevi Temple.
The Mayadevi Temple and Ashoka Pillar that mark the historical birthplace of the Buddha.
Rinpoche leads a procession to the puja.
All attendees received a reproduction of a thangka of the Buddha.
Rinpoche with the Indian Ambassador to Nepal.
His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche and HH Drupchen RInpoche leading devotees in prayer in a Korean temple adjacent to the future site of Mahasiddha Sanctuary for Universal Peace.
On November 21st, the 100 million Muni Muni mantra recitation commenced near the site where the Mahasiddha Sanctuary for Universal Peace will be built. With the blessings of the Buddha and the well wishes of all who attended, a sacred ceremony took place to mark the commencement of this grand project on this holy land.
On November 24, 2013, groundbreaking ceremonies took place for the Mahasiddha Sanctuary for Universal Peace at Lumbini, Nepal. Over a period of seven days, 2,000 attendees completed 100 million Muni Muni mantras for world peace.