from India Insight:

Glimpses of Indian Buddhist art

December 1, 2015

First Sermon, Kushana period, circa 2nd century C.E (north-west part of undivided India) Indian Museum, Kolkata

First Sermon, Kushana period, circa 2nd century C.E., Loriyan Tangai (north-west part of undivided India)

China plans to help Nepal develop Buddha’s birthplace at Lumbini

June 16, 2011

(A reclining Buddha at Wat Po temple in Bangkok April 8,2008/Sukree Sukplang)

 

A Chinese-backed foundation and Nepal’s government plan to transform Lord Buddha’s birthplace in southern Nepal into a magnet for Buddhists in the same way as Mecca is to Muslims and the Vatican for Catholics. The Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation plans to raise $3 billion at home and abroad to build temples, an airport, a highway, hotels, convention centres and a Buddhist university in the town of Lumbini, about 171 km (107 miles) southwest of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.