Dalai Lama responds, “Buddha was born in Lumbini”

The “Buddha was born in Nepal” controversy has gone a long way when the Tibetian religious leader Dalai Lama told that Nepali people’s claim of Buddha’s birthplace is nonsense. The office of Dalai Lama has responded by a statement in their website that says: “We are concerned to know there was misunderstanding of the intent of his answer, and would like to clarify that His Holiness meant no disrespect towards his Nepalese brothers and sisters.” Read the full statement here.

What did Dalai Lama Say?

Dalai Lama was answering some questions raised by students in Meerut, India on 16 October 2017. One asked where was Buddha born, in India or Nepal. In response, Lama told that the statement that “some Nepalese people” made about Buddha’s birthplace being Nepal is a “nonsense”. He told, although the birth place now falls in Nepal – in ancient time, it was under greater Bharat. So, Buddha wasn’t born in Nepal or China or Tibet but in India.

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Happy Buddha Jayanti

2554th birthday of Gautam Buddha is being observed in Nepal by conducting various Puja and candle lights.

Buddha Jayanti or also known as Buddha Purnima and it is the most sacred festivals of Buddhist. Buddha Purnima (Buddha Birthday) is celebrated in remembrance Lord Buddha.

  • His birth in 623 BC.
  • His enlightment i.e. attainment of supreme wisdom, in 588 BC.
  • His attainment of Nirvana (the complete extinction of his self) at the age of 80.

Buddha was born, got enlighten, and Nirvana (died) on the same day – Baishakh Purnima according to Nepali Calendar. It is the day of full moon on the month of Baisakh (April – May) and the strange, three-fold coincidence, gives Buddha Purnima its unique significance.

At the Buddha’s birthplace, Lumbini, candle lights are burned to remember the hero of peace.

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