I, Thay Huyen Dieu, Chairman and Founder of Viet Nam Phat Quoc Tu in Lumbini, the first international monastery built in the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, Chairman of the International Buddhist Federation, I urgently and ardently call on the warring parties to stop fighting, to put an end to every thought and act of violence and hate in any form, and to sit down with one another and talk about how soon to bring peace back to this land of Nepal.
"Five and a half years ago I found so much jungle that it made me weep," said Thay Huyen Dieu
, a Vietnamese scholar who is building a monastery here.
Thay Huyen Dieu, president of the International Buddhist Federation, has written to King Gyanendra and leaders of Nepal's political parties, asking them to meditate for peace at Lumbini, which is famed as the birthplace of the Buddha.
"I do hereby sincerely and respectfully invite his Majesty
the King, the prime minister, leaders and members of all political parties in Nepal to come to Lumbini
for starting the process of true peace," Thay
has said in his
letter, a newspaper reported today.
The monk, who is in Kathmandu, has also asked the Maoists to pray at the hallowed site.
"You will get miracles," he
said, according to the Kathmandu Post daily.
, who himself comes from a country once torn by conflict, said the Vietnamese, a majority of who are Buddhists, were concerned at the escalation of violence in the Buddha's birthplace.
"You are very lucky to have Lumbini
was quoted as saying Monday.