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One Day Academic Seminar

Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya, Vice Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University inaugurated One Day Academic Seminar held on 3rd June 2017 by Lotus Academic College affiliated to Lumbini Buddhist University at Satoaki Memorial Building, Pulchowk, Lalitpur. Prof. Dr. Bajracharya highlighted the purpose of LBU providing grants to its affiliated colleges to conduct series of academic programs to enhance research capabilities and presentation skills of the teaching faculties of LBU affiliated colleges. The opening ceremony was chaired by Dr. Bajra Raj Shakya, the President of Lotus Research Centre.

In the seminar, five teaching faculties presented five papers which are as follows: i) Effective Management in the Teachings of Buddha by Dr. Triratna Manandhar, ii) Economic Crisis and the Buddhist Concern, by Ashok Nanda Bajracharya, iii) An Effective Leadership According to Buddha's Teachings, by Ms. Urmila Tamrakar, iv) Buddhism in Medieval Nepal by Dr. Indra Siddhi Bajracharya and v) Buddha's Teachings on Health and Hygiene, by Surendra Kumar Shakya. These papers were duly commented by teaching faculties of different colleges associated with LBU. The academic sessions were conducted in two sessions; the first session was chaired by Dr. Bhadra Ratna Bajracharya, the Dean of LBU while the second session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Ranjana Bajracharya. At the concluding session, Mr. Tilak Ram Acharya, the Registrar of LBU distributed Appreciation Letter to the paper presenters.





Lumbini Buddhist University and Patan Museum jointly organized a talk program on “Chariot Festival of Rato-Matshyandranath and Buddhist Collections”

Lumbini Buddhist University organized a talk program on “Images of Enlightenment: 12 Deeds of (Dvādaśabuddhacaritra) of Shakyamuni Buddha in Buddhist Art” by Dr. Dina Bangdel, Associate Professor and Director of the Art History Program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, on 10thJune 2016 at Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu. She highlighted the significance of the Twelve Deeds of Shakyamuni Buddha and its relationship to Buddhist teachings and pilgrimage, specifically as paradigmatic activities of the Dharma. Considering the symbiosis between symbolism in art and philosophy, she laid greater stress on the understanding of Buddha-nature. Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya convened the program and made complimentary remarks on Dr. Dina’s talk.





Lumbini Buddhist University and Lumbini Research Center for Understanding and Peace jointed organized a talk program on Buddhist Economics by Prof. Wolfgang Drechsler

Lumbini Buddhist University and Lumbini Research Center for Understanding and Peace jointed organized a talk program on Buddhist Economics by Prof. Wolfgang Drechsler from National Univeristy Singpore on 14th March 2017 at Hotel Royal Shinghe , Lal Durbar, Kathmandu. Prof. Pawan Kumar Ojha, Vice Chairperson of Lumbini Research Centre for Understanding and Peace welcomed the guests to the program. The program was inaugurated and Chaired by Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya, Vice Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University. Mr. Mr. Binod P. Bista, Secretary General of Lumbini Research Center for Understanding and Peace conducted the program and moderated the discussion part. Prof. Drechsler gave a scholarly talk on Buddhist Economic highlighting the significance of teachings of Buddha in modern economics discourse, the subject is drawing attention from sustainable development perspective emphasizing middle way consumption which denotes maximum of well being with minimum of consumption which is the central theme of Right Livelihood, as part of the Eight Noble Path of Buddhist's teachings. Prof. Dr. Madan Dahal, Dr. Ramesh Dhungle, Dr. Surendra Man Bajracharya and Dr. Rashmee Rajkarnikar have commented on the paper and subsequently the floor was opened for discussion which went on very scholarly manner.





A Bilateral Agreement - Memorandum of Understanding between National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology (NMI), Janpath, New Delhi, India and Lumbini Buddhist University, Lumbini, Nepal was signed by Vice Chancellors duo Dr. Buddha Rashmi Mani and Rev. Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya on behalf of their respective institutions. The bilateral agreement between two academic institutions shall seek opportunities to cooperate in a variety of academic and research programs including faculty development in the areas of History of Art and Museology.





A General Memorandum of Understanding between Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan and Lumbini Buddhist University, Lumbini, Nepal has signed by Tesshin Akamatsu, President Ryukoku University and Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya, Vice Chancellor, Lumbini Buddhist University for extending mutual cooperation for educational and research collaboration, exchange visits of faculties and students as well as educational resource materials, publications, etc.





A Memorandum of Understanding between Shuchiin University, Kyoto, Japan and Lumbini Buddhist University, Lumbini

A Memorandum of Understanding between Shuchiin University, Kyoto, Japan and Lumbini Buddhist University, Lumbini has been signed by Prof. Kozui Suguri, President of Shuchiin University, Kyoto, Japan and Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya, Vice Chancellor, Lumbini Buddhist University, Lumbini, Nepal , in the presence of MOU Coordinator Dr. Sudan Shakya Associate Professor, Suchiin University. Prof. Dr. Bajracharya and Dr. Shakya exchanged the duly signed MOU at LBU, Liaison Office, Sanepa. The MOU aims to establish academic exchange and cooperation between universities in keeping with the principle of friendly, equality and mutual benefits





The 7th Senate of Lumbini Buddhist University

Lumbini Buddhist University (LBU) concluded its' 7th Senate on 2nd Asar 2073 at the meeting hall in Prime Minister's residence in Baluwatar. The Senate was presided over by Rt. Hon. Prime Minister K. P. Oli, Chancellor of LBU. Other distinguished guests presented were Hon. Minister of Education, Girirajmani Pokharel, Pro-Chancellor of LBU, Prof. Dr. Parasar Koirala, Chairperson of U.G.C., Prof. Dr. Ghanshyama Lal Das, Vice Chancellor of Purbanchan University, LBU Senators and distinguished academics and ladies and gentlemen.

Rt. Hon. Prime Minister K. P. Oli Sharma (centre),  Hon. Minister of Education Girirajmani Pokharel (right) and V.C. Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya (left) at the 7th University Senate of LBU. The Vice Chancellor of LBU, Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya welcomed all the Dignitaries and distinguished guests. In addition he also presented progress report so far made by LBU in last 12 months. Similarly he presented two academic proposals firstly, Bachelor's degree courses in wide range of subjects under New Buddhist Subjects and General Subjects. Secondly, he proposed Master's degree courses in Core Buddhist Subject and New Buddhist Subjects, M.Phil Programme in Management, and an amendment proposal of two degree titles under New Buddhist Subjects.

Similarly, the Registrar of LBU, Mr. Tilak Ram Arharya presented three financial proposals firstly, appointment of internal auditor for next financial years, secondly the expenditure made in the capital sector as well as operation of university in last 12 months ie. F.Y. 2071/72 and thirdly the estimated budge for next financial year 2073/74 for approval of the senate.

The Dean of LBU, Dr. Bhadra Ratna Bajracharya, presented an academic progress made within last 12 months and new academic programs being launched from next coming academic session.

Session in progress After presentation of progress reports and academic and financial proposals, the floor was opened for questions and concerns to rise, in which distinguished guests along with senator have expressed their concerns. Eventually, both academic and financial proposals presented by Vice Chancellor and Registrar were duly approved by the senate. Minister of Education, Hon. Girirajmani Pokharel, highlighted the relevance of teachings of the Buddha and need further expanding Buddhist Studies so that the citizens would be more socially and morally responsible.

Chancellor, Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, K.P. Oli Sharma, pointed out that LBU should not be merely producing mediocre graduates but it should rather aiming at producing quality manpower who can compete worldwide in different sectors including Buddhism from the country where the Buddha was born in order to meet the academic requirements of the 21st century. He also endorsed and emphasized the relevance of campaign for taking teachings of the Buddha door to door.




The LBU Lecture Series kicked off at Nepal Art Council

Dr. Dina Bangdel making a presentation LBU Lecture Series provides a forum to local and visiting scholars to present their works and interact with the larger public in an open lecture format. It is not a regular event but it is rather organized whenever there is a willing scholar available to make a presentation. Lumbini Buddhist University kicked off Lecture Series I on “Images of Enlightenment: 12 Deeds of (Dvādaśabuddhacaritra) of Shakyamuni Buddha in Buddhist Art” by Dina Bangdel on 10 th June 2016 at Nepal Art Council. Prof.Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya, Vice Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University, convened the event and concluded it with complementary comments.

LBU Lecture Series provides a forum to local and visiting scholars to present their works and interact with the larger public in an open lecture format. It is not a regular event but it is rather organized whenever there is a willing scholar available to make a presentation. Lumbini Buddhist University kicked off Lecture Series I on “Images of Enlightenment: 12 Deeds of (Dvādaśabuddhacaritra) of Shakyamuni Buddha in Buddhist Art” by Dina Bangdel on 10 th June 2016 at Nepal Art Council. Prof.Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya, Vice Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University, convened the event and concluded it with complementary comments.

Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya giving complementary comments Dina Bangdel, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Art History program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, teaches the arts of South Asia and Buddhist Art of Asia. Specialist of South Asian and Himalayan art and architecture with particular interest in the visual cultures of Nepal, she has been a curator of various international exhibitions, including the Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art (2003 LACMA and Columbus Museum of Art), Pilgrimage and Faith: Buddhism, Christianity and Islam (2010), Embodied Enlightenment (2016), and Prakriti Speaks: Contemporary Nepali Art (2011). She has authored articles and book chapters on Newar Buddhist architecture of Nepal as well as modern and contemporary practice within South Asian art.




Prime Minister inaugurated Administrative Building of LBU

New Central Administrative Building of LBU Prime Minister K P Oli, Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University, inaugurated new Administrative Building of the University by unveiling the inscription on 2nd Falgun, 2072. The dignitaries present out the auspicious event were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy Hon. Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, Minister of Finance, Hon. Vishnu Poudel, Minister of Labour and Employment, Hon. Dipak Bohara, Minister of Culture and Civil Aviation, Hon. Ananda Prasad Pokharel, and other dignitaries included Member of Parliaments, Chief District Officer, University Teachers, Staff and local press at a function held in Lumbini. Dr. Bhadra Ratna Bajracharya, Dean of LBU welcomed the Guest of Honors and Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya, Vice Chancellor of LBU, highlighted the achievements and ongoing activities of LBU. The Chief Guest of Honor, Prime Minister, on behalf of Government of Nepal, Prime Minister pledged to assist LBU in making it as an international standard university and expressed best wishes for LBU's progress.




Mr. Tilak Ram Acharya New Registrar at LBU

Vice Chancellor welcoming new Registrar Prime Minister K P Oli, Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University, appointed Mr. Tilak Ram Acharya as Registrar of LBU. Mr. Acharya has been with LBU since last three years as teacher on Central Campus in Lumbini. On 3rd Chaitra, 2072 at Liaison Office in Sanepa. Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya, Vice Chancellor and Dr. Bhadra Ratna Bajracharya, Dean, welcomed him and congratulated on his appointment.




Foundation Stone Laid for Girl's Hostel

Laying foundation stone of Girl's Hostel Prof. Dr. Parasar Koirala, Chair Person of University Grants Commission, laid the foundation stone of the hostel building being constructed within Lumbini Master Plan premises on 5th Falguna 2072 in the midst of a ritual ceremony held in the Buddhist tradition. The formal programme was presided by Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya, and Dr. Bhardra Ratna Bajracharya, Dean of LBU, conducted the programme.

The dignitaries present at the auspicious event were Ven. monks from Thai, Sri Lankan and Nepalese monasteries, the former Senator of LBU, local intellectuals, academicians, teachers, political leaders and students. The foundation stone was laid in the midst of recitation from Ven. monks and Bajracharya Gurus. As Chief Guest of Honor, Prof. Dr. Koirala remarked that LBU should play an active role in research and excavation of the Buddhist archaeological sites such as Lumbini, Kapilvastu and Devadha in order to bring experts from home and abroad.



One Day Workshop in Kathmandu


One Day Workshop on “Applied Buddhism as an Academic Discipline in Lumbini Buddhist University” on 12th February 2016 at Uniglobe College, New Baneswor, Kathmandu

Ven Nigrodh addressing the workshop Lumbini Buddhist University organized one day workshop on "Applied Buddhism as an Academic Discipline in Lumbini Buddhist University" on 12th February 2016 at UniGlobe College, New Baneswor. Hon. Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada, Vice Chair of National Planning Commission, Chief Guest inaugurated the workshop. Rev. Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya, Vice Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University presided over an inaugural session of the workshop. Hon. Dr. Khatiwada took a delight in the efforts of LBU to formalize Applied Buddhism as an academic discipline. He also emphasized that the teachings of the Buddha should be put into practice in order to end human sufferings.

Rev. Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya, Vice Chancellor of LBU, on behalf of LBU Master Plan Drafting Committee, presented a working paper on “Applied Buddhism as Academic Discipline.” The main objective of the workshop is to discuss on the working paper which aimed to redefine a precise working definition, scope and limitation of Applied Buddhism as an academic discipline to be taught as an academic program under LBU.

Prof. Dr. Hridya Ratna Bajracharya, Technical Advisor of University Grants Commission, convened the session. The paper highlighted contributions of Applied Buddhism to: the contemporary Buddhist movements; application of Buddhism to everyday life; and bringing about national happiness and peace. The presentation was followed by the floor discussion from the faculty members of Central Campus of LBU, Lotus Academic College, Boudha Multiple College, Lumbini College of Buddhism and Himalayan Studies, Sugat Buddhist College, and Theravada Buddhist Academy including Buddhist academics and scholars.

Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya presenting the paper Concluding the session, Prof. Dr. Hridaya Ratna Bajracharya, said the working paper would contribute to the courses of study in Applied Buddhism and appreciated the valuable suggestions and comments from the participates which would assist the LBU Master Plan Drafting Committee in finalizing it.


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One Day Workshop on “Archaeology and Buddhist Archaeological Sites” on 29th February 2016 at Uniglobe College, Kamaladi Ganeshthan, Kathmandu

Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya and Mr. Bhesh Narayan Dahal jointly inaugurating the workshop Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya, Vice Chancellor of LBU and Mr. Bhesh Narayan Dahal, Director General of Department of Archaeology jointly inaugurated one day workshop on " Archaeology and Buddhist Archaeological Sites" organized by Lumbini Buddhist University on 29th February 2016 at Uniglobe College, Kamaladi Ganeshthan, Kathmandu. The participants were Prof. Dr. Robin Coningham, Duhram University, Dr. Nina Mirnig, Prof. Dr. Saveetri Mainali, Head of Central Department Nepalese History, Culture and Archaeology, Faculty members of NeHCA, Buddhist scholars and cultural historians

The workshop was divided into two sessions, the inaugural session was presided by Prof. Dr. Bajracharya, Vice Chancellor of LBU. In his welcome address he highlighted the main objectives of the workshop as to discourse on relevance and significance of study of Archaeology subject under the academic programme of LBU, to discuss on potential contribution of LBU in the field of Archaeology by producing higher level manpower required for the country and to present and discuss on the outline of proposed PGD course in Archaeology and Buddhist Archaeological Sites.

In concluding remarks, Mr. Dahal congratulated Vice Chancellor of LBU on the launch of Archeology subject and assured the collaboration of his department with LBU.

The second session of the workshop was chaired Prof. Dr. Robin Coningham of Durham University, UK in which Mr Ram Bahadur Kunwar, on behalf of subject committee presented an outline of proposed “PGD in Archaeology and Buddhist Archaeological Sites” course which was prepared by Prof. Dr. Dinesh Chandra Regmi, Mr. Kosh Prasad Acharya, Mr. Bhesh Narayan Dahal and Mr. Ram Bahadur Kunwar. The presentation was followed by the floor discussion.

Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya and Mr. Bhesh Narayan Dahal jointly inaugurating the workshop In his concluding remarks, Prof. Coningham appreciated PGD programme of Archaeology and Buddhist Archaeological Sites and commented that it was high time it was taught at LBU.


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One Day Workshop on “Museology and Buddhist Collections” on 24th February 2016 at Uniglobe College, Kamaladi Ganeshthan, Kathmandu

Hon. Geeta Raj Joshi, Member of National Planning Commission inaugurated one-day workshop on "Museology and Buddhist Collections" organized by Lumbini Buddhist University on 24th Feburary 2016 at Uniglobe College, Kamaladi Ganeshthan, Kathmandu. The inaugural session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya, Vice Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University. Prof. A.K. Dass from Calcutta University, Dr. Christian Manhart, Country Representative of UNESCO, Ms. Katherine Hacker from Canada, Mr. Prakash Darnal, Chief of National Museum, the faculty of members of Central Department of Nepalese History, Culture and Archaeology (NeHCA) and experts of museum studies participated in the workshop.

Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya and Mr. Bhesh Narayan Dahal jointly inaugurating the workshop The workshop was divided into two segments, the first segment of the workshop was presided by Prof. Dr. Bajracharya, Vice Chancellor of LBU. While delivering welcome speech, Prof. Dr. Bajracharya highlighted the main objectives of the workshop as to discourse on relevance and significance of study of Museology subject under the academic programme of LBU; to discuss on potential contribution of LBU in the field of Museology by producing higher level manpower required for the country and iii) to present and discuss on the outline of proposed MA in Museology and Buddhist Collections courses being launched by LBU from coming academic session.

In his concluding remarks, Hon. Mr. Joshi highlighted the potential role of Museum and Museology in sustainable educational development which is one of the major indicators in achieving the Millennium Development Goal by 2022 AD set by Government of Nepal.

The first two sessions of second segment of workshop was chaired by Dr. Christian Manhart, the country representative and Dr. Tri Ratna Manandhar respectively. Dr. Bharat Rawat and Mr. Jal Krishna Shrestha presented the outline of the course of study of four papers in Masters in Museology and Buddhist Collections followed by the floor discussion. In his concluding remarks, Dr. Manhart congratulated LBU on initiating the study of Museology and assured that UNESCO would be happy to support it.

Similarly later two sessions were chaired Prof. Dr. Saveetri Mainali the Head of Central Department of NeHCA and Prof. A. K. Dass, respectively. In former session, Dr. Rawat and Mr. Shrestha presented course outlines of yet another two papers while in the later session, Prof. Dr. Ramesh Shrestha and his colleagues presented outlines of course related to Science portion of Museology. Both the sessions were followed by floor discussions.

Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya and Mr. Bhesh Narayan Dahal jointly inaugurating the workshop In addition to these two sessions, Prof. A.K. Dass delivered a lecturer on “Parameters of Museum” that extensively dealt with different aspects of museum.


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