Mahasiddha Sanctuary for Universal Peace

Since the birth of Siddhartha, Lumbini has been an important pilgrimage place; however, in the past few hundred years the site was largely neglected. In 1967, His Excellency U Thant, the Third Secretary General of the United Nations, himself a Buddhist, visited Lumbini and was moved by its profound significance. He went on to propose the development of Lumbini as a major center for pilgrimage for peace lovers around the world. Subsequently, the United Nations commissioned the renowned Japanese architect Kenzo Tange to develop a master plan for the site, which is larger in area than Central Park in New York City. The master plan was approved in 1978.

 

In 1985, the Lumbini Development Trust was established to carry out the implementation of the master plan. This plan includes two zones reserved for monasteries. The first monastery was established in 1992, and many have been built since then; however, the land directly adjacent to the Sacred Garden where the Buddha was born had remained undeveloped. This most perfect parcel of land has been entrusted to His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche for the Mahasiddha Sanctuary Project.

In November 2013, over 2,500 devotees gathered near the Sacred Garden to collectively recite 100 million mantras invoking the Buddha’s wisdom, and viewed the ground-breaking ceremony for the Mahasiddha Sanctuary for Universal Peace. Construction is currently  underway and it is expected that this sacred undertaking will be completed within 4 years.

This most brilliant modern design was envisioned by His Eminence and based on the traditional Buddhist symbols of a lotus (purity), a butter lamp (clarity), an offering mandala (generosity), and a stupa (spiritual wisdom). He has now assembled a team of world class Architects, Engineers, Designers and project managers to make his vision a reality. At the request of the Lumbini Development committee, the structure will be engineered to last for a thousand years.

 

The sanctuary will consist of a magnificent main hall honoring the birth of the Buddha, a museum, a print and digital library (containing a complete collection of Buddhist literature to date in all languages), a retreat center, conference facilities, and accommodation for monks and nuns. The sanctuary’s design transcends religion, culture, race, and nationality. It will serve as a focal point for everyone to channel their energies towards the great purpose of universal harmony and happiness.

Due to its sublime nature, the merit and good karma generated from participating in this project will be immeasurable. Rinpoche’s compassionate wish is that everyone has an equal opportunity to share in the benefit of the positive energy and blessings that emanate from this sacred endeavor. To this end, Rinpoche invites everyone to contribute even a single dollar, as it is not the amount that is important, but rather the spirit of generosity and good will with which it is offered. If one gives with pure motivation, just one dollar will be like a single drop of water in the vast ocean, and as the ocean always remains, this meritorious act will never be exhausted. In this way, all of humankind has an opportunity to share in the profound merit

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Chinese Brochure

E-mail contact:

boontiong.lim@meinhardtgroup.com

Mr. Manoj Bahadur Shrestha

 

 

 

Manoj Bahadur Shrestha, chairman of Himalayan Bank, one of the most trusted and recognised banks in the country, for the past decade. Mr. Shrestha is to be bestowed with the National Excellence Award 2018 for his matchless contribution in the construction and banking sector of Nepal, and for his involvement in the promotion of socio economic development of Nepal. Mr. Shrestha has been working in New Everest Construction, which has constructed many prominent, outstanding structures in the nation, since 1978. 

Ir. Dr. Lim Boon Tiong  

 

Structural Engineering Advisor 

 

Ir. Dr. Lim Boon Tiong is a leading structural Engineer in Asia, and is the Managing Director of MEINHARDT Consulting Engineers based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

 

His experience in reviewing complex engineering structures in Asia is an invaluable addition to the Building Committee. 

 

 

His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche

 

His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche was born in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains where he was recognized as a holy child and began training as a Lama at the age of four. Rinpoche attended the Buddhist University in Sarnath, Varanasi, and later received transmissions and empowerments from many of the greatest Nyingma and Kargyu masters of our time. Rinpoche is a lineage holder of the Great Perfection (Dzogchen)  tradition—his primary root teacher is His Holiness Chatral Rinpoche.

With great compassion and wisdom, Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche teaches us how to actualize the essence of this precious human life and live completely and fully. For over 25 years, His Eminence has conducted retreats, seminars, and empowerments at centers throughout the world. Rinpoche gives teachings and empowerments for large groups of hundreds of followers or for small gatherings of a several devoted students. When teachings are requested, Rinpoche responds with kindness and compassion. 

In 2009, Rinpoche founded Wencheng Gongzhu International Foundation in Hong Kong (with branches in Taiwan and Malaysia) to support his compassionate activities and spread the peaceful and healing message of the Lord Buddha.

In 2013, the Nepalese government entrusted His Eminence with the task of developing a precious tract of land in the birthplace of the Buddha in Lumbini, Nepal. This project holds great historical and spiritual significance. Rinpoche’s vision is to build a sanctuary that will honor and glorify the sacred birthplace of Shakyamuni Buddha and serve as a pilgrimage site for visitors of every race, color, and creed—a fountain of universal peace and understanding. The Mahasiddha Sanctuary for Universal Peace in Lumbini will be built to last for 1,000 years. His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche would like to invite all of humanity to participate and support this most sacred project and pay sincere respect to Lord Buddha. In this way, everyone will have the opportunity to accumulate good karma together.

Building Committee

Datuk Lai Voon Hon   

Chairman

Group Managing Director, Ireka Corporation Berhad

Board Member, Nam Long Investment Group, Vietnam

General Director, Hoa Lam Shangri-La Corporation, Vietnam

Datuk Lai Voon Hon is the Group Managing Director of Ireka Corporation Berhad and also the President of Ireka Development Management Sdn Bhd (the exclusive Development Manager for Aseana Properties Limited, a LSE (London Stock Exchange Main Market-listed company).

 

Voon Hon is an architect by profession.  He graduated from The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and Ashridge Management College (City University) for his MBA. As an architect, he has practiced in London, Hong Kong and Malaysia prior to joining Ireka in 1994. 

 

Apart from being the Chairman of Mahasiddha Peace Sanctuary, Voon Hon is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO) Gold; Board of Trustee for Malaysian AIDS Foundation; and National Committee member for the International Federation Real Estate (FIABCI), Malaysian Chapter.

Ng Lim Seng 

Senior Project Manager

Ng Lim Seng is an experienced senior civil engineer from Malaysia, graduated from the University of Singapore in 1976.   

He has a wide range of experience and exposure in the construction and development of building industry for over 40 years in Asia including China, completing countless of residential and commercial projects to the satisfaction of end users.

E-mail contact: nglimseng@yahoo.com

MIEM, P.Eng, MICE, C.Eng 

Ir. Dr. Lim Boon Tiong  

Structural Engineering Advisor 

Ir. Dr. Lim Boon Tiong is a leading structural Engineer in Asia, and is the Managing Director of MEINHARDT Consulting Engineers based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

His experience in reviewing complex engineering structures in Asia is an invaluable addition to the Building Committee. 

E-mail contact: boontiong.lim@meinhardtgroup.com

BEng (Hons), PhD, MIEM, MACEM, PEng

Fundraising Committee 

His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche

Founder and Chairman

Professor Alice T.H.W. Chiu, BBS, JP

Trustee and Chairman of Fundraising Committee

Ms. Lily Li

Co-chairman of Fundraising Committee, Hong Kong (Miss Asia)

Chairman of Fundraising Committee, Malaysia

Dato Rosemarie Wee

Mr. Peter Lam

Chairman of Fundraising Committee, England

Datuk Voon Hon Lai, RIBA, PAM

Trustee and Chairman of Building Committee

Mr. Manoj Bahadur Shrestha

Committee Member (Chairman, Himalayan Bank)

Mr. Anil Keshary Shah

Committee Member (CEO of Nabil Bank)

Mrs. Cecilia Ng

Trustee and Treasurer

Veronica Ngô Thanh Vân

Universal Peace Ambassador, Vietnam (actress)

Manisha Koirala

Universal Peace Ambassador, Nepal (actress)

Mr. Bhai Raja Panday

Universal Peace Spokesperson in Nepal (former senior UN officer)

Honorary
Advisors

Sponsors

Co-chairman of Fundraising Committee, Hong Kong

Ms. Anita Tang

Honorary
Patrons

Patrons

Professor Alice T.H.W. Chiu  

Trustee and Chairman of Fundraising Committee 

PROF. ALICE CHIU TSANG HOK WAN, BBS, JP, is a world famous philanthropist, scholar, a successful entrepreneur with great integrity and social responsibility.   She is also the Chairperson of Operation Smile (Greater China Region), Founding Fund Raising Committee Chairman of Hong Kong AIDS Foundation, Co-Founder of Sheen Hok Charitable Foundation, Director of Peking University Education Foundation, Founding Chairman of Greater China Culture Global Association, Ex-Standing Member of CPPCC Chengdu Committee, Ex-Standing Member of CPPCC Inner Mongolia Xilin Gol Committee, Director of USA International Academy of Culture and Science in China (Publicity Department), Director of Henyep Capital Group, Managing Director of Henyep (Chengdu) Enterprise Ltd.

 

Prof. Chiu is one of the most charismatic, entrepreneurial and driven anthropologists in Hong Kong and China - tirelessly giving back to the community and underprivileged. Her selfless contributions to the needs of others are insurmountable.

BSS, JP

Dato Rosemarie Wee

 

Dato Rosemarie Wee, is the Director of Community Relations at Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, whose vital role is to forge strategic partnerships throughout Southeast Asia since 2018. Dato Wee had been working in Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur previously as the Area Director of Communications for 34 years. During her tenure, Wee oversaw the communications strategy of the luxury hotel which included media relations, advertising and integrated marketing campaigns.

 

Dato Wee has dedicated a lifetime to charitable work throughout Malaysia, raising funds to assist critically-ill children to go for life-saving surgeries.  Dato Wee also made history in the country when she was nominated as the first woman President of the Rotary Club of Pudu, a voluntary service club engaged in charity work.   Renowned for her philanthropic efforts, Dato Wee received her prestigious title of ‘Dato’ from the former King of Malaysia. 

 

Chairman of Fundraising Committee, Malaysia

Mr. Manoj Bahadur Shrestha

 

 

Manoj Bahadur Shrestha, chairman of Himalayan Bank, one of the most trusted and recognised banks in the country, for the past decade. He has been working in New Everest Construction, which has constructed many prominent, outstanding structures in the nation, since 1978. Mr. Shrestha is currently the chairman of the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FNCCI), also the president of Nepal Business Forum (NBF), which was established by the government of Nepal in 2010

 

Mr. Shrestha is to be bestowed with the National Excellence Award 2018 for his matchless contribution in the construction and banking sector of Nepal, and for his involvement in the promotion of socioeconomic development of Nepal.

 

Committee Member (Chairman, Himalayan Bank)

Mr. Anil Keshary Shah

 

Anil Keshary Shah is the CEO of Nabil Bank Nepal Limited, and also the President of Nepal Banker's Association (NBA). He is a veteran in the banking sector of Nepal who has not only lead some of the largest commercial banks, but also brought about corporate innovation and best management practices in the industry. He started his career as an assistant in Standard Chartered Bank, and moved on to become the Head of Consumer Bank, Chief Operating Officer and CEO of Mega Bank. He is also credited for making Nabil Bank the number one commercial bank in Nepal in his 5 years tenure as the Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Shah is very passionate about entrepreneurship and its potential in Nepal. He is a mentor to dozens of entrepreneurs while has inspired thousands of young people to startup their ventures in Nepal. He has also been an advocate and supporter of the blossoming entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nepal.

Committee Member (CEO of Nabil Bank)

Mrs. Cecilia Ng

Trustee and Treasurer

Cecilia Ng is an experienced banker in investment banking and private banking. She is graduated from Boston University (1985), major in finance with Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.

Since graduation, she has worked for major investment banking and private banking institutions such as Dominion Securities, Shearson Lehman Brothers, Prudential-Bache Securities, and currently at  CA Indosuez  (Switzerland) S.A., Hong Kong Branch.

Manisha Koirala

Universal Peace Ambassador, Nepal (actress)

Ms. Manisha Koirala, is a Nepali famous actress who predominantly works in Indian Bollywood films. Born to the politically prominent Koirala family, she is the daughter of Prakash Koirala and granddaughter of Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala, the 22nd Prime Minister of Nepal. Her ambition was to become a doctor, but a model job opened her way to Bollywood.

 

After many successful years, in September 1999, Ms. Koirala was appointed as the United Nations Population Fund Goodwill Ambassador. She actively participates in social work, especially in organizations that improve women's rights, prevent violence against women, and prevent Nepalese girls from being trafficked. She is the recipient of several accolades, including three Filmfare Awards, a Filmfare Award South and a Screen Award. In 2001, the Kingdom of Nepal awarded her with the Order of Gorkha Dakshina Bahu, the second highest honour of the country.

Ms. Veronica Ngo Thanh Van

Universal Peace Ambassador, Vietnam (actress)

Veronica Ngo Thanh Van is a famous Vietnamese actress, model, dancer and singer. Ms. Veronica Ngo won the Best Actress Award in November 2007, at the 15th Vietnam Film Festival,. with the role of a strong, patriotic girl named Thuy in the movie " The Blood of Heroes".  Ms. Veronica Ngo started acting as director of Vietnam Talent Supply Company (VAA) since September 2009 and also led the group 365daband since 2010.

 

In January 2014, Ms. Veronica Ngo was selected by World Actuality as the world's most beautiful women TOP10 in 2013. World Actuality commented: “Veronica Ngo Thanh Van aka NTV virus is a beautiful Vietnamese model/ actress/ singer. She is successful in everything she does and her beauty is as intense as it is pure." Ms. Veronica Ngo became the only actor voted by Forbes magazine on the list of 50 most influential women in Vietnam in 2017.

Mr. Bhai Raja Panday

Universal Peace Spokesperson in Nepal (former senior UN officer)

Mr. Bhai Raja Pandey had served in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for 28 years in areas of international legal protection, crisis management and promotion of human rights.

 

In 1983, upon completion of the Master’s degree from Yale Law School, Mr. Pandey was recruited by the UNHCR and assigned to Bangkok as Assistant Legal to the Legal Adviser in Asia, which entailed trouble shooting assignments and promotion of humanitarian law in South East Asia, Pacific, and West Asia, such as Thailand, Pakistan, Iran, South Sudan, Somalia, Egypt, Angola, Afghanistan and Myanmar.

 

Upon his return to Nepal, he has taught International Law at the Institute of Crisis Management, he is the Managing Director of Invest Nepal Pet. Ltd and he is the Universal Peace Spokesperson in Nepal for Mahasiddha Sanctuary for Universal Peace.

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