Ram Kumar Shrestha
We shall find peace. We shall hear the angels; we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.”(Anton Chekhov) Undoubtedly a peaceful world is everybody’s yearningand dream and many philosophers and humanitarian activists are optimistic that we will getthere, however; every day results make it seem that we are not making much progress. Theworld peace mission has been complicated because of the divergence of people involved andtheir ways of thinking. This suggests to us that we need to work in different ways to coordinateand cooperate with each other to achieve this goal. Although this mission is very difficult, it isnot impossible if we are serious about bringing change. As part of the World Peace Movement, Nepali intellectuals living in different countries decided to commemorate Kapilavastu, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, Day as a global holiday in order to spread the peace message allover the world. Gautam Buddha, has been revered as a Peace Ambassador who is more andmore able to persuade his followers to work more seriously in the World Peace Movement. Thisday could be very important for researchers interested in collecting information about Buddhaand Buddhism as there could be flood of information especially on Facebook, Twitter and other online medias.Kapilavastu, located close toLumbini, is considered a holy pilgrimage place for Buddhists sinceit is known to be the birthplace of the Lord Buddha. The result of years of excavation andresearch by numerous international teams has concluded that Kapilavastu is in Nepal. UNESCOaffirms the findings and has named Kapilavastu, andLumbiniasWorld Heritage sites.
Originally, on December 1, 1896, Dr Anton Führer, a German archaeologist, had claimed to havediscovered the Buddha’s birthplace when he found the Asoka Pillar at Lumbini. Even thoughthis site was originally discovered by Khadga Shamsher before Führer, Führer was credited withthe find as he brought it to light and made it known to the international community. The AsokaPillar is the most important evidence that proves that Buddha was born in Lumbini. Therefore,we decided to celebrate December 1
as Kapilavastu Day.Buddha taught that the world must be thought of in procedural terms and not in terms of thingsor substances. The Buddha advised viewing reality as comprised of dependently originated phenomenaand Buddhists deem this approach to experience as avoiding the two extremes of Reificationand Nihilism.
This is the understanding that any phenomenon exists only because of the existence of other phenomena in an incredibly complex web of cause and effect covering past, present and future. Stated in another way, everything depends on everything else and thisseems to be the basic of Newton’s law of Motion,
”To every action there
is always an
equal and opposite reaction”
. A human being’s existence in any given moment is dependent on thecondition of everything else in the world at that moment, and in an equally significant way, the