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JSHA Seminar for the leaders of Nepal

The “JSHA Seminar for the Leaders of Nepal” was held at the National Olympic Memorial Youth Center for 4 days, between January 21st and 24th.

At the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center
We invited 7 leaders, representing various fields, and introduced them to a portion of the Philosophy of Peace which we have been researching up until now. In addition, these various leaders gave reports on their research and activities for peace in Nepal; followed by discussion on cooperation between our two countries.
How did our relationship with Nepal begin?

Our relationship with Nepal originated when a group of our representatives visited that country in September 2010, and introduced the process of reconciliation - which began in the Republic of Benin - as a successful model for resolving conflict or disputes. It was during that visit that we were able to meet Nepalese political and religious leaders, such as the president, the prime minister, the vice president, and leaders of each party. In addition, we met religious leaders representing the Tibetan Buddhism and Hindu faiths.

Through our meetings with these many leaders we sought to emphasize the importance of philosophy that can enable the realization of peace and reconciliation. There has, in fact, been an earnest desire for peace among the Nepalese people, who have experienced continuous conflict and chaos during the past years; thus, sincere and enthusiastic interest was expressed through our visit.

With President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav at the presidential executive office, September 5th 2010 With Dr. Baburam Bhattarai
With the then Minister for Peace and Reconstruction of Nepal Rakam Chemjung, at the National Dialogue and Reconciliation for Peace With Ven. Lama Kalsang at the Buddha Dharma Center
The current situation in Nepal

Nepal has sought to establish a solid democracy after the abolition of its former monarchic form of government, which had stood for 240 years. However, after the fall of the monarchy, chaos and instability continued, triggered by political unrest, especially with the rise of Maoist groups. As a result of this, the enactment of a new constitution has not, as of yet, been possible.

With this in mind, it is important to note that Nepal’s geographical position, between China and India, represents a sensitive geopolitical situation in this unstable and often chaotic world. It is no exaggeration to say that the stability of the Nation of Nepal is a critical issue for the world’s focus.

At the JSHA Office
The JSHA Seminar
Prior to the January seminar JSHA invited 3 representatives from Nepal, in October of 2012, to attend a 2-day conference on the cause of peace through reconciliation. We came to the same conclusion and agreement that we, indeed, need a philosophy of peace before actual peace can be realized; and then worked to begin planning the January 2013 seminar, just concluded.
For the first three days (Jan. 21st – 23rd) we introduced the philosophy of peace researched by the JSHA; then, on the final day, we had a conference concerning future cooperation between Nepal and Japan.
With Ven. Lama Kalsang of the Buddha Dharma Center and representative leader of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal
In addition to the top leader of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal, and the chairman of the Nepalese Hindu council, an educational leader from the Pokhara region of the country, as well as a leader for a youth group in that region, attended the conference. Representatives and staff of JSHA from Japan were also joined at the conference by three JSHA branch representatives, representing Switzerland, Austria, and Italy. A lively and inspiring exchange of international communication and opinions took place between these various international participants, and certainly helped to advance the philosophy of peace.
With Rev. Damodar Gautam, Chairman of the Interreligious Council Nepal and the World Hindu Federation Nepal National Committee
With regard to the future cooperation between Japan and Nepal, a representative of Nepal’s educational establishment requested our urgent support in educating the youth with the idea of reconciliation and peace since the unstable and often chaotic situation continues there.
During the Seminar Research presentation by the Nepalese participants