Mass Tripitak recitation begins in Lumbini

Bhairahawa, November 14

For the first time, a mass Tripitak recitation has begun in Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, popularly known as the apostle of peace.

Buddhist monks from 13 countries started reciting the Tripitak, a scripture of Buddhism, for promoting tourism and spiritual ambience and wishing for world peace and harmony. The recitation organised jointly by All Nepal Monks’ Federation, Thai Buddhist Society and Lumbini Development Fund will continue for three days.

Buddhist monks had started the mass recitation in Bodhgaya and Kushinagar of India around 15 years ago. As per Buddhism, lord Buddha was born in Lumbini, was enlightened in Bodhagaya and left his physical body in Kushinagar. These places are therefore highly regarded by devotees and seen as religious tourism sites.

According to LDF Vice-chairperson Monk Maitya, monks of countries such as India, China, Thailand, Laos, Burma, Sri Lanka, Japan, Cambodia and Korea took part in the recitation. Prior to the recitation, a peace rally with Tripitak was held from Shantideep to Mayadevi temple.

“As such events will let people know about Lumbini and attract tourists, we are thinking of giving continuity to such events in the years to come as well,’ he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Thai ambassador to Nepal Bhakavat Tansku and Province 5 Assembly member Fakuruddhin Khan described Lumbini as a religious centre of the entire world and observed that the programme had helped promote the site.