Buddhism and Sino-Nepali cultural linkage
[A Programme was organized by Institute for Chindian Studies & Department of Social Sciences, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China in partnership with Liuzu (Huineng) Temple at Zhenshan, Sihui City on 26-28 December 2009. Following was the Speech delivered by Prem Kumari Pant, President of Nepal China Society and Editor of The Weekly Mirror]
The speech is as follows:
Ladies and gentlemen
First of all allow me to express my utmost gratitude to Dr. Jia director and Professor of Institute for Chindian Studies- Jinan University for offering me this golden opportunity to participate in the important and august gathering. I am just a journalist, not a Buddhist Scholar. But my profession has helped me to gather some general knowledge about Buddhism. That is what I am going to place before you.
Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dharmaya, Namo Sanghaya [I worship Buddha, I worship the Doctrine, I worship the Community.]
Of course, Buddhism has been looked upon as a matchless glory of Nepal since the very early phase of history.
It is also a historically as well as scientifically established fact that Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC in Nepal.
Relevantly, Deepankar Buddha and Swayambhu occupy great space in mythical story.
Pali literature has also mentioned about these Buddhas with due respect. Interestingly, the myth pertaining to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley is also deeply interlinked with the aforementioned Buddhas.
The descriptions of Buddha before the recorded history were confined to human memory and oral traditions. Particularly, Buddhist schools such as Mahayan-Bajrayan and therbad existed in different periods of history.
On the basis of available historic facts, I have made attempts to shed light, on the origin and expansion of the Buddhist religion in Nepal, China and India through the topic of &ldquoBuddhism in Nepal and its Expansion in China and South Asia&rdquo.
Historians describe the long prevailing religious practice of Hinduism and Buddhism in Nepal as a good example of religious tolerance and harmony existing between the Hindus and the Buddhists in the country.
Old age, disease and death made the founder of Buddhist religion and philosophy, Gautama Buddha, realize the sheer hollowness of wordly pleasure.
It is believed that religious revolution was also one of the prime causes behind the origin of Buddhism. This revolution was targeted towards Hinduism&rsquos caste system and priesthood..