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Fist on the left: half-collapsed road leading to the summit.
Here and there you can spot beautiful flowers somehow "adding" to the idea of peace conveyed by the Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa). Certainly you can find here your own peace of mind wondering around and gazing at the richness of the natural beauty in the Pokhara Valley.
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Vibrant colors, catching eyes natural grace with delicate aroma spreading around… these are vital ingredients of the our inner peace…..
I hope that this righteous and dignified idea (not necessarily constructing Peace Pagodas, but rather adhering to the non-violence concept) will gain more and more supporters. Unfortunately in today’s world too often we “kill to liberate”….. sorry for this digression but it is hard to avoid such sad reflections these days.
Understandably the first Peace Pagodas carrying a “deeply engraved” in our souls wish for peace were constructed in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki where almost all lives lost to the atomic bombs were those of civilians.
These days there are more than eighty Peace Pagodas around the world in Europe, Asia and the United States (San Francisco CA, Leverett MA, Grafton NY, Great Smoky Mountains TE to name only few).
The Pokhara’s Peace Pagoda was built in 1996. It is one of the Buddhists’ holy places as it enshrines the Sacred Relics of Lord Shakyamuni Buddha.
Frankly, it will be hard to find the better place for promoting Fujii’s idea.
From the altitude of 1133 m the view of the still waters of the Phewa Tal, the peacefulness and seemingly unspoiled nature of the Pokhara Valey and the raw power of the snow-capped Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaugiri Himal ranges bring you reflections about harmony of life and inevitably at the center of it – the need for internal peace as well as the peace in the wider sense, touching all of us.
When I think now about moments spend standing next to the Peace Pagoda shrine with opened in front of me view on the deeply touching my soul treasures of the Mother Nature I couldn’t help but share with you part of Ghandi’s legacy.
The mind can only reflect the true image of self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.
And as a quintessence of these reflections let me quote the following - deeply powerful yet probably not fully understood nor appreciated and certainly not widely accepted truth:
We will have the peace when the power of love will overcome the love of power.
Notes from the commemorative inscription next to the World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara (Nepal).
The pioneer of peace Siddhartha Gautam Budda was born in Lumbini of Nepal in 563 BC and spend 29 years of family life in his kingdom Kapilvastu, Nepal. After his Great Renunciation at the age of 35 he attained enlightenment in Boddhagaya of India and became the Buddha (the enlightened one). Three months after the enlightenment he delivered his first sermon in Saranath. This is called Dharmachakra Pravartan (setting in motion the wheel of Dharma).
Based on harmony, compassion and non-violence his religion continued to expand throughout the world. During this expansion, religion reached Japan, the Land of Rising Sun, from India, via China and Korea, 14 hundred years ago. It has made a deep impact in the Japanese way of life. Various organizations have been established in Japan to spread the message of peace. One of them is Nipponzan Myohoji established in 1981 AD.
The founder of Nipponzan Myohoji, Most Ven. Nichidastsu Fujii witnessed and experienced the great devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki of Japan in World War II. After witnessing this he realized the need to spread the message of peace extensively. He built the first World Peace Pagoda in Hanaokayama of Japan in 1954. He decided to convey the message of peace by building 100 World Peace Pagodas throughout the world.
During this period he recalled an important prophecy made by the Religious Guru Priest Nichiren about 700 hundred years ago. The prophecy was – “It will be free of the burden of debt by taking Buddhism from Japan, the Land of Rising Sun, to the country of Indu (the Moon), India from where Buddhism had come to Japan”. Buddhism has declined in India during the Period. In accordance to this prophecy, Nipponzan Myohoji made an effort to bring Buddhism from the Land of the Rising Sun to the country of Indu.
The organization materialized the prophecy by making the World Peace Pagoda on Ratnagiri mountain of India in 1969 AD.
The organization attempted to make a World Peace Pagoda in Nepal where Lord Buddha was born. Most Ven. Fujii laid the foundation stone of the World Peace Pagoda by lying the sacred relics of Shakyamuni Lord Buddha on Min Hilltop of Anadu, Pokhara on 12 September 1973.
On 28 November 1973 the birth statue of Siddhartha was duly set up here after building the Prayer Hall, Vihara and a Guest House. When the World peace Pagoda under construction reached 35 ft on 31 July 1974, all these buildings were forcibly destroyed by the government showing town planning reasons. An unfortunate situation was created.
Though the government destroyed all the physical structures, the Buddhists kept their emotional attachment with the place and regularly conducted worships and religious rites.
Seeing this, Most Ven. Fujii prophesized that one day though government had destroyed it, the Peace Pagoda would be built here since it has rooted deeply in the hearts of the Nepalese people and instructed to make continuous effort.
Signs of the accomplishment of the prophecy by Most Ven. Fujii were seen. After 18 years of continuous endeavor on 21 May 1992, Honorable Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala himself came and re-laid the foundation stone of the World Peace Pagoda.
The onwards the construction work continued without any obstructions. It was completed by the assistance of the local people and the incessant endeavor of Ven. Morioka Sonin of Nipponzan Myohoi , Japan.
When the construction work was completed, as an inaugural ceremony the Consecration Worship was conducted in the presence of the Chairman of the Nepali Congress and the former Prime Minister Koirada on 30 October 1999.
This is the first Peace Pagoda build in Nepal and 71st in the process of building Peace Pagodas around the world. Positive peace message is conveyed in this area by the construction of the pagoda. All the people who come to visit this place can experience peace in abundance.
To continue tour of Pokhara Valley click: Pokhara Waterfalls
If you prefer the boating on the Phewa Lake then click: Pokhara - Phewa Lake
or to see breathtaking pictures of the Annapurna massif, click:
But if tired of Pokhara, then move to Nagarkot to see beautiful landscapes of Himalayas by clicking:
Nagarkot - View on Himalayas
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