Peace run from Bouddha to Manakamana to promote Buddha's teachings

8th May, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, May 8: The Bouddhanath Area Development Committee has, on the occasion of the 2561st Buddha Jayanti, organised a peace race from local Bouddha to Manakamana of Gorkha district.

The objective of the race is to promote the Budhha's teachings and spread the message of peace and non-violence, the basic and primary tenets of the Buddhist philosophy, the Committee said.

Jayaram Lama, Damodar Budha Magar, Sher Bahadur Tharu, Mahendra Guwaju, Dinesh Maharjan, Tenjing Sherpa, Narayan Napit and Deepak Shakya including national runner Ratna Tuladhar have participated in the race and the group will reach Manakamana, the famous religious shrine of the  Hindu Goddess Manakamama, by coming Wednesday.

Japan's Ambassador for Nepal Masashi Ogawa bade farewell to the team amidst a programme here today. Wishing for the success of the event, he said the Buddha left the messages of peace, non-violence and moral education in the world for the welfare of humanity. He took the opportunity to recall a long standing relationship between Nepal and Japan.

Funds provided by various donor agencies to the Committee in course of the race will be spent to renovate the Manakamana Temple.

The Committee has made arrangements for a free entry to the Bouddha Stupa, the site in the UNESCO world heritage list,   for tourists on the Day of Buddha Jayanti that falls on May 10 this year.